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After fifth hearing Thursday, Jan. 6 committee will push other hearings to July

Chairman Bennie Thompson told reporters the panel's next hearing Thursday afternoon will be its last for the month.
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Former President Donald Trump appears on screen Tuesday during the fourth hearing of the House Jan. 6 committee in Washington.Al Drago / AFP - Getty Images

WASHINGTON — The House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol is postponing hearings it had planned to hold next week until July.

Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., told reporters Wednesday that after the panel's next hearing Thursday at 3 p.m. ET, “the next two hearings will be later in July.”

Thompson had previously said the committee would squeeze its series of hearings into June.

“We have looked at the body of work that we need to get done, and we’ve taken in some additional information that’s going to require additional work,” Thompson said Wednesday.

Adding more hearings to the schedule, Thompson said, is "always a possibility."

He noted that the committee received hours of additional video of Trump and his family from documentary filmmaker Alex Holder. And he said the committee is in talks to hear from Ginni Thomas, Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas' wife, but would not elaborate. "She’s answered our letter, and we look forward to continued engagement with her," he said.

An aide to the committee said Wednesday that the panel “continues to receive additional evidence relevant to our investigation into the violence of January 6th and its causes.”

“Following tomorrow’s hearing, we will be holding additional hearings in the coming weeks. We will announce dates and times for those hearings soon,” the aide said.

The hearing Thursday is expected to focus on Trump's efforts to pressure top officials at the Justice Department to push his lies of a stolen election in 2020. The committee had planned to hold the hearing last week but delayed it.

Congress will be on a two-week recess for the July Fourth holiday starting next week, although some committees will hold hearings virtually.

Ranking member Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., has said the final two hearings would examine how Trump summoned a violent mob to the Capitol on Jan. 6 and provide "a moment-by-moment account of the hourslong attack from more than a half-dozen White House staff, both live in the hearing room and via videotaped testimony."