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House Capitol rebellion inquiry to hold public hearings, seeking GOP testimony

A supporter of US President Donald Trump sprays smoke during a “Stop the Steal” protest outside the Capitol building in Washington DC on January 6, 2021.

Stephanie Keith | Reuters

The House of Commons committee, which is examining the Capitol riot on Jan. 6, will hold at least eight public hearings from June 9 and will this week send requests for testimony to several GOP lawmakers, including three members of the House who previously refused to cooperation, the panel chairman said Thursday.

The committee also plans to send new interview requests to several other Republicans, including at least one senator, committee chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., Told reporters.

Thompson would not say who the panel wanted to interview beyond House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., And Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio and Pennsylvania Rep. Scott Perry, who has all previously refused to testify.

Asked what would happen, “when they say no again,” Thompson said, “Well, we cross that bridge when we get to it.” He did not rule out the possibility of suing those who do not comply with the request.

When asked if the senators whose testimony would be sought included Ted Cruz of Texas and Utah’s Mike Lee, Thompson said, “Stand by.”

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Thompson said both Donald Trump Jr., the son of former President Donald Trump, as well as Trump’s former lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, are “on the list” of witnesses still to be interviewed by the committee. He did not say when the younger Trump and Giuliani are expected to show up.

CNN reported Wednesday night that Giuliani is expected to testify sometime next month. ABC News reported last week that Trump Jr. would voluntarily testify before the committee.

Thompson also said the June public hearings will “tell the story of what happened” during the January 6, 2021 uprising and the events surrounding it.

He said the hearings will also highlight the panel’s findings after interviewing hundreds of witnesses and reviewing thousands of pieces of evidence.

“It will give the public the benefit” of “more than a year of study [that] has gone to committee, “Thompson said.

“Of course, we’ve gathered an awful lot of information. And some of that information matters to the members, and we want to give those members an opportunity to tell their side,” he said.

“At this point, the first hearing is on June 9,” Thompson said later.

The riots began when thousands of Trump supporters crowded the US capital during a joint congressional rally to confirm President Joe Biden’s election college victory over then-President Trump, a Republican.

Shortly before the crowd broke the Capitol’s walls, Trump and allies, including Giuliani, had called on participants who met outside the White House to fight for the certification of his Democratic opponent.

For weeks in advance, Trump erroneously claimed that there had been widespread vote-rigging in the popular presidential vote in the swinging states that gave Biden his margin of victory in the Electoral College.

Five people, including a Capitol police officer, died in the riot, and hundreds of members of the mob have been arrested.

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