- The Washington Times - Friday, October 7, 2022

The House Jan. 6 committee has scheduled what is expected to be its final hearing for midday Thursday.

The appearance will offer committee members a final chance before the Nov. 8 midterm elections to publicize its findings from the yearlong inquiry into former President Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election.

The committee’s Democratic chairman, Rep. Bennie G. Thompson of Mississippi, told reporters last month that the panel will likely not feature witnesses, though he said the members would unveil “significant information” that the panel has not disclosed previously.

The panel’s final hearing was originally scheduled for the end of September but was abruptly canceled. The committee blamed Hurricane Ian in Florida.

The panel made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, hand-picked by Speaker Nancy Pelosi, held a series of eight public grillings over the summer after meeting mostly behind closed doors for close to a year.

The committee’s members aim to use the hearing to showcase what they call “the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power.”

Republicans accuse the Democratic-led panel of weaponizing the events of Jan. 6 and using the committee to target them and former President Donald Trump.

Mr. Trump has called the committee a “kangaroo court” and said the Democrats’ only goal in holding the hearings was to prevent him from running for president again in 2024.

Mr. Thompson denounced those in Congress who have tried to “whitewash” the riot and warned that American democracy remains threatened by those “who thirst for power” in his opening remarks for the committee’s prime-time hearing to kick off the series in June.

“There are those in this country who thirst for power but have no love or respect for what makes America great: devotion to the Constitution, allegiance to the rule of law, our shared journey to build a more perfect Union,” he said.

At the hearings, the panel showcased live testimony from former White House aides, state elections officials, documentary filmmakers and Capitol Police officers.

The committee also unveiled clips from closed depositions and snippets from text message chains and emails it had gathered throughout the investigation. They also built digital models of the White House and Capitol to reproduce key scenes from the riot.

The hearings have been a highly produced rollout of evidence in which the committee highlighted the chaos at the Capitol on Jan. 6 and describe what they said was Mr. Trump’s pressure campaign to overturn the presidential election.

The committee has trained its focus on what they said were Mr. Trump’s attempts to pressure former Vice President Mike Pence and state election officials to delay or overturn the election count.

The panel has also focused on what it has described as the former president’s attempts to stoke national outrage over the election and his inaction in the face of the riot at the Capitol.

The panel honed in on the role of far-right groups, which it says coordinated to overthrow the election and stoke violence.

Last week the committee heard testimony from Virginia Thomas, the wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, whom the panel accused of peddling stolen election claims in her communications with state lawmakers.

The committee has yet to receive a deposition from the former president himself or hear from Mr. Pence directly and has not decided on whether it will attempt to enforce the subpoenas it has issued to five Republican members of Congress, including House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy of California, who have refused to testify.

The committee has yet to release a comprehensive report and list of legislative proposals based on its findings, which the lawmakers had hoped to publish ahead of next month’s midterms.

• Joseph Clark can be reached at jclark@washingtontimes.com.

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