[The committee plans to] present recently obtained evidence and receive witness testimony. A spokesperson for the January 6 committee announcing that a surprise hearing will take place this afternoon. Further details are unknown at this time.
- The U.S. House of Representatives Jan. 6 committee announced a surprise hearing which will take place today at 1 p.m. ET. The committee previously had said there were no hearings on the agenda until July.
- This particular hearing, for which the committee gave just a 24-hour notice, will take place while lawmakers are on a two-week recess. The exact subject is unknown.
- The hearings began three weeks ago and have largely sought to understand President Trump's involvement in the events of January 6, 2021. (For more information about the most recent hearing, click here.)
- Why It Matters: The January 6 committee originally announced they would have seven total hearings, with the remaining two focusing on "domestic extremists" and what President Trump was doing on the day of the attack (AP). This surprise hearing is clouded in mystery, with top officials unsure of what to expect.
*UPDATE*: According to information given to the Associated Press, the panel is expected to hear from Cassidy Hutchinson, one of former Pres. Trump's top aides. Hutchinson has already testified to the committee on multiple occasions; the exact reason for the hearing is still unknown.
Jan. 6 panel to hold surprise hearing, present new evidence (Associated Press)
Click here to watch the hearing on the committee's YouTube page. It is expected to air on all major broadcast/cable news networks.
by Jenna Lee,