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The newest listening to by the Home choose committee investigating final 12 months’s Capitol riot is anticipated to incorporate testimony from a onetime spokesman for the far-right Oath Keepers militia group in addition to one of many rioters. 

CBS News, citing two sources aware of the committee’s plans, reported that Jason Van Tatenhove and Stephen Ayres will participate within the 1 p.m. listening to. 

Van Tatenhove was not working for the Oath Keepers on the time of the riot and reportedly has not been related to the group since 2016. Ayres pleaded responsible to disorderly conduct final month after surveillance footage confirmed him within the Capitol on Jan 6. 

The committee has not publicly introduced the 2 witnesses, and has solely revealed that the listening to will give attention to the plotting and planning of the assault by white nationalist teams. 

The listening to can be anticipated to spotlight Friday testimony from Pat Cipollone, who was Trump White Home counsel on the time of the riot.

Stephen Ayres.
Stephen Ayres pleaded responsible to disorderly conduct final month after surveillance footage confirmed him within the Capitol on Jan 6. 
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Committee member Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.) reportedly will co-lead the questioning. She informed CBS Information that the committee may even spotlight a December 2020 tweet from former President Donald Trump that they declare constituted a name to motion.

Tuesday’s listening to is the seventh in a collection of open hearings held by the panel in latest weeks. 

Late final month, committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) introduced he was pushing the remaining hearings till July, citing an inflow of latest proof together with footage from documentary filmmaker Alex Holder — who recorded Trump and his household earlier than and after the riot.

Nevertheless, the panel then unexpectedly convened a listening to on June 28 that featured testimony from Cassidy Hutchinson, a former high aide to ex-White Home chief of workers Mark Meadows. 

A number of claims in Hutchinson’s testimony have since been called into question; nonetheless, committee member Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) told NBC News on Tuesday that Cipollone corroborated “nearly the whole lot that we’ve discovered from prior hearings.”

Jason Van Tatenhove.
Jason Van Tatenhove was not working for the Oath Keepers on the time of the riot.
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Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes is seen on video during the hearing of the U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6 Attack.
Oath Keepers founder Stewart Rhodes is seen on video throughout the listening to of the Home Choose Committee to Examine the January 6 assault.
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“I actually didn’t hear him contradict Cassidy Hutchinson … He had the chance to say no matter he needed to say, so I didn’t see any contradiction right here,” Raskin added. 

It’s unclear what number of extra hearings the committee will maintain. Nevertheless, they may hear testimony from staunch Trump ally Steve Bannon in the coming weeks. Bannon initially ignored a committee subpoena requiring him to look final 12 months and is ready to face trial on fees of contempt of Congress subsequent week.

The committee was initially believed to be holding a listening to on Thursday as properly. Nevertheless, NBC Information later reported it will be rescheduled.

Members of the Oath Keepers on the East Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
Members of the Oath Keepers on the steps of the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Rioters are confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber.
Rioters are confronted by US Capitol Cops exterior the Senate Chamber.
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