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Jan. 6 panel sets prime-time hearing on Trump, awaits Bannon

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WASHINGTON (AP) — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot is returning to prime time with a Thursday night listening to that may look at the three-hour plus stretch when Donald Trump did not act as a mob of supporters stormed the Capitol.

The committee is racing to collect newly rising proof and the session may very well be the ultimate one in a collection of public hearings that started in early June. A lawyer for former Trump strategist Steve Bannon, who faces criminal charges after months of defying a congressional subpoena, advised the committee over the weekend that Bannon could now be prepared to testify, in response to committee members.

“I count on that we are going to be listening to from him and there are various questions that we’ve got for him,” mentioned Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif. She and different committee members mentioned they need to hear from Bannon in a deposition, with sworn testimony.

Thursday’s listening to would be the first within the prime-time slot for the reason that June 9 debut that was viewed by 20 million people. A listening to Tuesday will deal with the plotting and planning of the rebellion on Jan. 6, 2021, by white nationalist teams such because the Proud Boys, the Oath Keepers and the Three Percenters.

Investigators are digging deeper into the mounds of proof collected to date concerning the function extremist teams performed within the lethal rebellion and what the previous president was doing because the violence ensued down the road from the White Home.

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Unwell., who will lead Thursday’s listening to with Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va., described the upcoming testimony as key to offering an intensive timeline of what Trump did and didn’t do in these vital hours on the afternoon of Jan. 6, 2021. That features Trump’s tweet criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for missing “braveness” as indignant protesters exterior the Capitol had been heard chanting “Dangle Mike Pence” for not difficult Democrat Joe Biden’s 2020 election victory.

“We need to present the American individuals what was the president doing throughout that point,” Kinzinger mentioned Sunday. “The remainder of the nation knew that there was an rebellion. The president clearly needed to have recognized there was an rebellion. So the place was he? What was he doing? It’s a vital listening to. Listen. As a result of I feel it goes to the guts of what’s the oath of a frontrunner.”

Information of the listening to comes as Congress returns to Washington after a two-week recess. Lawmakers on the committee had indicated in mid-June there can be no extra hearings till July, however in late June they held a shock listening to for the testimony of former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson.

Her explosive testimony supplied probably the most compelling proof but that Trump may very well be linked to a federal crime. Since then, the committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans has seen an inflow of latest data and confidential ideas.

Tuesday’s listening to will discover efforts to assemble the mob on the Nationwide Mall after which arrange the march down Pennsylvania Avenue, the place some rioters — armed with pipes, bats and bear spray — charged into the Capitol, shortly overrunning the overwhelmed police power. Greater than 100 cops had been injured, many crushed, bloodied and bruised, that day.

Lawmakers additionally plan on analyzing the financing of the varied rallies and gatherings round Washington that had been deliberate that day.

Bannon’s obvious turnabout in testifying comes as he faces a felony trial this month on two counts of contempt of Congress for defying the committee’s subpoena. He has argued that his testimony is protected by Trump’s declare of govt privilege, a declare the committee has countered as doubtful as a result of Trump had fired Bannon from the White Home in 2017 and Bannon was thus a personal citizen when he was consulting with Trump within the run-up to the riot.

The committee has mentioned there’s proof that Bannon “had particular data concerning the occasions deliberate for Jan. 6 earlier than they occurred.” It cited for example feedback that he made on his podcast the day earlier than the riot.

“It’s not going to occur such as you suppose it’s going to occur. OK, it’s going to be fairly terribly completely different. All I can say is strap in,” Bannon mentioned in that podcast. “All hell goes to interrupt free tomorrow. … So many individuals mentioned, ‘Man, if I used to be in a revolution, I’d be in Washington.’ Effectively, that is your time in historical past.”

Kinzinger spoke on ABC’s “This Week” and Lofgren was on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

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Related Press author Hannah Fingerhut in Rehoboth Seaside, Delaware, contributed to this report.