Congress Members Return To Capitol Hill, Bringing Back Hearings

( )- Members of the House have returned to Capitol Hill this week after their standard August recess, and that means the select committee investigating the events of January 6, 2021, will resume its work.

The recess, which lasted six weeks, wasn’t without substantial progress in the investigation, according to some members of the committee. During that period of time, the members still interviewed witnesses while trying to negotiate with a few key people they wanted to interview.

Those people, according to reports, include Mike Pence, the former vice president under Donald Trump; Newt Gingrich, a former speaker of the House; and Mark Meadows, the former chief of staff at the White House during the Trump administration.

Media outlet The Hill reported recently that the next hearing could take place as soon as September 28. The investigation is set to conclude in 16 weeks.

The next phase of the hearings are likely to focus on Trump’s direct and indirect connections to the Capitol riot on January 6 of 2021.

Members of the House select committee met on Tuesday to discuss the path forward. After that meeting, its chair, Mississippi Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, said the subject of that hearing hasn’t yet been decided on. In addition, the schedule might change in the next week or so.

Thompson further said committee members haven’t made a final decision on whether they will invite either Pence or Trump himself to testify in front of them. In the past, Pence said he would consider doing so, though it isn’t clear what his terms to do so would be — or if the committee would be agreeable to them.

In a statement he released on Monday, Thompson said:

“The Select Committee has developed a massive body of evidence. It hasn’t always been easy … because the same people who drove the former president’s pressure campaign to overturn the election are now trying to cover up the truth about January 6.”

According to a USA Today report, much of the investigation during August centered on how much former members of Trump’s cabinet discussed removing Trump from office, the former president’s fundraising tactics for the 2020 presidential election, and the fake electors situation that happened in some states that Joe Biden had won during the election.

On September 1, the committee said that it wanted to speak with Gingrich about contracts he had with senior advisers to Trump about advertisements on TV that amplified the former president’s claims about election fraud happening in 2020.

The committee thus far has held eight public hearings that featured testimony from a number of different people, including some close aides to the former president.

It’s uncertain how many more public hearings the committee is planning to have before they issue a final report on their entire investigation. That full report is expected to be released sometime this fall, though it could get delayed should any major new revelations come to light.

It’s possible, though, that the Democrat-led committee could want to issue the report to the public before the midterm elections in early November to try to boost liberals’ chances at the polls.