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Jan. 6 committee to hold public hearing next week as midterms draw near

The House committee's ninth public hearing, scheduled for 1 p.m. Wednesday, is the first since late July.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol, presides over a hearing on June 28, 2022.
Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the chairman of the House Jan. 6 committee, presides over a hearing on June 28.Al Drago / Bloomberg via Getty Images file

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol announced Wednesday it will hold its next public hearing Sept. 28, just over a month before the midterm elections.

The hearing is scheduled to start at 1 p.m. next Wednesday and last about two hours. It will be the latest in a series of televised efforts by the panel to lay out the case that last year's insurrection stemmed from then-President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.

A news release announcing the hearing Wednesday evening did not specify the topic or whether there will be any in-person witnesses.

Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., the committee chairman, said earlier Wednesday that he expects the hearing to be the last one, “but it’s not in stone.” He said there could be additional hearings if more information emerges.

Thompson had said the final congressional report on Trump's effort to overturn the election was likely to be completed in "early fall" ahead of the November midterm elections. It's unclear whether the panel is still on track to meet its self-imposed deadline.

Still, the House passed legislation Wednesday inspired by the committee’s work that aims to prevent future election subversion.

Unlike the most recent hearing, next week's won't be in prime time, meaning it's unlikely to get the same number of viewers. At the last hearing, Reps. Elaine Luria, D-Va., and Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., detailed a roughly three-hour stretch on Jan. 6, 2021, that included Trump's apparent refusal to call off the mob that had breached security at the Capitol.