LIVE: Follow along with the Jan. 6 committee for its eighth public hearing

LIVE: Follow along with the Jan. 6 committee for its eighth public hearing

Tonight the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol will convene its eighth public hearing, where investigators will pore over a gut-wrenching 187 minutes of former President Donald Trump’s dereliction during the Capitol attack. 

Tonight’s hearing will start at 8 PM ET and is expected to be the final public hearing. However, Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson has emphasized repeatedly in recent days that should another hearing be warranted, investigators are open to conducting it. For now, the plan for panel members is to continue interviews and collecting evidence as they barrel toward publishing an interim report in September. A final report will follow, though details on that deadline are not yet clear. Thompson has indicated that he is eager to wrap things up before November midterms. 

Witnesses expected Thursday night include two former White House officials who submitted their resignations on the day of the attack: Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews. Pottinger is a former U.S. Marine and journalist who later served on Trump’s National Security Council. Matthews served as the White House deputy press secretary. 

More on tonight’s witnesses is available in the related story links below. The committee is expected to air additional testimony from former White House lawyer Pat Cipollone. It is anticipated that more will be exposed regarding Trump’s surreal video message that he issued hours after the Capitol was stormed. Outtakes from the video—which reportedly required at least three takes before it was deemed publicly acceptable—are expected to be shown. Reps. Adam Kinzinger and Elaine Luria will lead the hearing tonight and Thompson, who was recently stricken with COVID-19, will appear remotely. 

Catch a livestream here on our blog. Additional updates tonight will also be posted here.

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Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:03:16 AM +00:00

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Brandi Buchman

Tonight’s hearing is now underway. Vicechair Cheney will preside after Chairman Thompson contracted Covid-19. 

After contracting COVID-19, chairman Bennie Thompson is not expected to attend tonight’s hearing in person but is expected to participate remotely. Per an aide yesterday, he is recovering well.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) July 22, 2022


Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:06:32 AM +00:00

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Brandi Buchman

Thompson has harsh remarks for the 45th president tonight; describing him as a historically unbridled destructive force who abruptly stopped on Jan. 6. For 187 minutes. 

He blazed a path of lawless and corruption, the cause to democracy be damned. And then he stopped. For 187 minutes on Jan. 6. This man of unbridled destructive energy could not be moved, not by aides, allies, not by the violent rioters or desperate pleas of those facing them down

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) July 22, 2022


Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:10:34 AM +00:00

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Brandi Buchman

Vicechair Liz Cheney says more hearings will be held in September tonight at the top of her opening remarks.


Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:15:22 AM +00:00

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Brandi Buchman

Cheney: Trump would not get on the phone to order military or law enforcement agencies to help and for hours Donald Trump chose not to answer the pleas for help from Congress; he refused to defend our nation and Constitution and refused to do what every American president must.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) July 22, 2022


Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:23:07 AM +00:00

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Brandi Buchman

In this clip, we hear members of the GOP speaking up about Trump’s failure to act on Jan. 6:


Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:27:16 AM +00:00

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Brandi Buchman

Witness Matthew Pottinger today after being sworn in, describes his role at the White House and notably, says that he is still proud of Trump’s foreign policy agenda and is a proud Republican. 

Sarah Matthews also described herself as a life-long Republican.

Both of the witnesses, Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews, have been sworn in for their testimony. Pottinger begins by describing his tenure at the WH.

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) July 22, 2022


Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:34:21 AM +00:00

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April Siese

A security professional who worked at the Capitol was interviewed by the Jan. 6 committee. That witness, who remains anonymous, expressed alarm at the armed Trump supporters seen during the “Stop the Steal” event that culminated in the insurrection.


Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:41:46 AM +00:00

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Brandi Buchman

TONIGHT: On the deleted Secret Service texts Luria says the committee expects testimony under oath in a couple of weeks

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) July 22, 2022


Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:43:24 AM +00:00

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Brandi Buchman

Trump knew within 15 minutes of leaving the Ellipse that conflict was afoot at the Capitol. 

In new presidential call logs released tonight we see that Trump made no calls on the official WH switchboard during the attack. But he did make calls to senators, testimony from former WH secretary Kayleigh McEnany testified. 

KEY: We see the WH presidential call log from Jan. 6. No calls were made from 11:04 a.m until 6:54 PM. on that switchboard from Trump. pic.twitter.com/QI5AWgcj76

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) July 22, 2022

The WH call log was incomplete but that means Trump was on another phone making those calls to senators. At 1:49 at the Capitol, we see a clip of the mob breaking through and MPD police officially declaring a riot at the Capitol. What was Trump doing? RTing his speech: pic.twitter.com/WiDLqFdn8e

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) July 22, 2022


Friday, Jul 22, 2022 · 12:52:38 AM +00:00

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Brandi Buchman

Trump could have delivered remarks from the briefing room at the White House calling on the mob to stand down. 

Sarah Matthews testified tonight that it would have taken Trump just 60 seconds to move from the dining room where he watched the attack unfold and made numerous calls to US senators asking them to delay the count.

Many wanted Trump to appear in the press room at the White House to deliver remarks. Would it be possible for him to do that at any time? Cipollone without hesitating: Yes it would have been possible. Matthews: Trump could walk there in 60 seconds. pic.twitter.com/ML2e5k1SdW

— Brandi Buchman (@Brandi_Buchman) July 22, 2022

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