The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 breach at the Capitol revealed its findings in a hearing on Thursday.
The series of hearings that will take place over the next several weeks began with a prime-time session at 8 p.m. ET Thursday night, in which the panel gave an overview of its 11-month investigation.
More than 1,000 people have been interviewed by the panel, and only brief snippets of that testimony have been revealed to the public, mostly through court filings.
Thursday night’s hearing included witness testimonies from Capitol police officer Caroline Edwards and documentary filmmaker Nick Quested, as well as videotaped testimony from some Trump White House officials and campaign officials. The committee also presented previously unseen footage of Jan. 6.
Days before the hearing, the committee said in a statement to news outlets that the panel will “present previously unseen material documenting Jan. 6, receive witness testimony, preview additional hearings, and provide the American people a summary of its findings.”
The nine-member panel, which includes seven Democrats and two Republicans, has not held a hearing with witnesses since July 2021.
The hearings will not include data the panel is seeking from the Republican National Committee and its vendor, Salesforce. The panel recently dropped its bid to get the records in time for the hearings as a court battle plays out.
Republicans have repeatedly decried the probe as partisan and unnecessary.
“Dems in Congress announced a primetime, made-for-TV hearing on Jan. 6,” Rep. Steve Scalise (R-La.), the House minority whip, said in a statement on social media. “What they haven’t had a primetime hearing on:
– The record-high gas prices
– The soaring inflation
– The border crisis
– The supply chain nightmares
Tells you all you need to know about their priorities.”
Critics point to how House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) blocked several picks for the panel tapped by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.), which prompted McCarthy to pull the rest of his picks in protest.
The only GOP members on the panel are Reps. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) and Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). Both were picked by Pelosi and are outspoken critics of former President Donald Trump.
Meanwhile, GOP lawmakers have scheduled their own programming events to present other accounts of what happened on Jan. 6.
Many Trump supporters who participated in the wider protests on Jan. 6 have said that they were exercising their First Amendment rights to call for voting transparency amid reports of irregularities, the outcome of which may or may not have overturned the result of the election.
Jan. 6 Committee Hearing Schedule
Thursday, June 9, at 8 p.m. ET
Monday, June 13, at 10 a.m. ET
Wednesday, June 15, at 10 a.m. ET
Zachary Stieber and The Associated Press contributed to this report.