Legislative committee holds new session with fence around Trump


Washington (EFE).- The legislative committee charged with investigating the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 is holding its ninth public hearing this Thursday, and possibly the last, where it will focus on efforts to overturn the presidential election results, in which Democrat Joe Biden defeated Republican Donald Trump.

The session is expected to start at 1:00 p.m. local time (5:00 p.m. GMT) and last approximately two hours.

According to committee aides, quoted by CNN, there will be no witnesses in the room this Thursday, unlike previous hearings, although there will be videotaped testimony and new documents will be presented.

Those sources did not say whether any of the recorded testimony will be that of Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the wife of conservative Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, who appeared before the committee behind closed doors last month.

Trump’s ‘state of mind’

In statements to the press on Wednesday, committee participants indicated that during this day, the “mental state” of former President Donald Trump (2021-2017) will be examined during this January 6, as well as as events before and after that date.

“Many topics we discussed in June and July will be revisited, but with new information that will further inform our findings,” the aides said.

Thursday’s hearing was originally scheduled for September 28, but was postponed due to Hurricane Ian, which hit Cuba and the state of Florida.

That day, Virginia “Ginni” Thomas was called to testify as a lead witness for allegedly pressuring Mark Meadows, who was Trump’s chief of staff, to reject Biden’s election victory in November 2020.

“Ginni” finally said the following day, September 29, behind closed doors and without making statements to the press on his arrival and departure.

After Thursday’s session, the commission could announce the conclusion of its work or announce a new hearing, and is expected to present a final report later this year.

Today’s session takes place a few weeks before the US legislative elections on November 8.

What’s more, it takes place amid investigations after the FBI raided Trump’s Florida mansion, Mar-a-Lago, on suspicion of taking White House documents, some of them classified.

The Capitol Assault

On Jan. 6, 2021, some 10,000 people, mostly Trump supporters, demonstrated outside the Capitol and about 800 stormed the building as Biden’s election victory was endorsed. There were five dead and some 140 officers injured.

At the committee’s last hearing in July, the panel focused on evidence that Trump had decided not to immediately stop the attack because it suited him and instead spent the afternoon watching it from his side. television, until three hours later, in the face of calls from his entourage, he published a message telling the attackers to leave.

The creation of the committee was promoted by the Democratic Party and two of its members are Republicans: Liz Cheney, who is vice-president, and Adam Kinzinger.

Web edition: María Fernanda Rueda D.


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