'Democracy remains in danger': Jan. 6 committee hearings to feature testimony from officer, documentarian – live updates

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  • Former President Donald Trump is expected to watch, so is President Joe Biden.
  • Two witnesses will testify tonight, including Caroline Edwards, an injured Capitol Police officer.
  • British documentarian Nick Quested, who filmed around the Capitol during the attack, will testify.
  • House Republicans criticize the investigation as illegitimate and partisan.

WASHINGTON – The nine House members investigating the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attack begin to unveil what they’ve learned Thursday in a primetime hearing, the wind-up to a year-long effort to uncover every detail of that day, including what former President Donald Trump did or did not do as the violence intensified and what can be done to prevent a repeat.

  • ⏳ What got us here?: A mob of Trump supporters, in an attempt to stop the certification of President Joe Biden’s win in the 2020 election, overwhelmed police, broke into the Capitol and ransacked the building in a deadly riot Jan. 6, 2021. This committee was formed to investigate the attack and produce a report, which is expected in the fall.  
  • 🖊️What is about to happen?: At 8 p.m. ET during a live hearing from the Capitol, Jan. 6 committee members promise to weave a tapestry of cooperating witness testimony, text messages and emails, pictures and video to chronicle for the American public what happened and why.
  • 📜What’s at stake?: The committee hopes to provide the most comprehensive account yet of the riot, the worst attack on the Capitol in 200 years, and recommend ways to prevent another threat to the peaceful transfer of power from one administration to another. The hearings come months before the midterm elections, when Republicans seek to retake control of Congress. 

Thompson: American democracy ‘remains in danger’

The chairman of the House Jan. 6 committee, Rep. Bennie Thompson, will open Thursday’s hearing saying efforts to undermine the Constitution and thwart the will of the American people aren’t over, according to excerpts of his remarks.

Thompson, D-Miss., will say “our democracy remains in danger” and must be protected through the investigation of the Capitol attack. He said a series of hearings this month won’t just look backward at what happened Jan. 6, 2021, but also forward to protect the rule of law.

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