U.S. Capitol assault hearings to open
June 9, 2022 - The investigation into the assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump in January 2021 enters a public phase, with two weeks of blockbuster televised hearings.
The seven Democrats and two Republicans who make up the House of Representatives committee probing the January 6 insurrection will set out the events of the day, and who they believe aided the ringleaders.
A final hearing in September is expected to reveal the committee’s finished report, weeks before the midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress for the next two years.
Thousands of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol in a bid to stop formal certification of the Republican president’s election defeat, causing millions of dollars in damage. Four people died on the day of the attack, and one Capitol Police officer who fought against the rioters died the next day. Four officers have since taken their own lives and 140 others were injured.
The first public hearing begins at 8pm ET on June 9 (00:00GMT June 10), a prime time spot intended to capture the attention of as many Americans as possible. It will be shown live on major networks including NBC, ABC and CBS.