January 6 hearing: We’re about to learn a lot more about the insurrection
While the setup of the hearings has been a work in progress and evolving, sources note, the presentations will likely feature video clips from January 6, as well as some of the roughly 1,000 interviews the committee has conducted behind closed doors.
In the meantime, here’s what we’re expecting from the committee’s hearings.
Will there be new information?
Yes, at least according to an advisory from the committee released last week.
“The committee will present previously unseen material documenting January 6th, receive witness testimony, preview additional hearings, and provide the American people a summary of its findings about the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power,” the panel said.
What can people expect?
Committee members have teased that the hearings could be focused on former President Donald Trump’s direct role in undermining the election results.
Broadly, the panel has been working toward a thesis that Trump’s obsession with the election loss and his peddling of false claims about the results is what laid the groundwork for the violent and deadly riot at the Capitol.
Democratic Rep. David Cicilline told CNN Saturday that “disturbing” new evidence would be presented at the upcoming hearings, stressing the significance of this process.
The lawmaker added: “I think the American people are going to learn facts about the planning and execution of this that will be very disturbing.”
What witnesses might appear?
CNN has learned that two people directly tied to former Vice President Mike Pence are among those who have received invitations to appear. Former Pence chief counsel Greg Jacob and former federal Judge J. Michael Luttig have received outreach from the committee about their possible testimony.
In addition to Luttig and Jacob, CNN has learned Short is expected to be called to testify.
All three men have already been interviewed privately by committee investigators. In some cases, their testimony has already been used by the committee as part of court filings and subpoena requests of other potential witnesses in their investigation.
How will the hearings compare to Trump’s impeachment proceedings?
A key difference to typical committee proceedings is that the January 6 hearings will not feature the voices of prominent Trump supporters in Congress.
The panel’s only two Republican members, Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, are both outspoken critics of Trump.
How is Trump preparing?
The former President has made it clear he is looking for cover from his closest allies around the upcoming public hearings.
But part of the challenge for Republicans — especially after they decided to boycott the select committee — is that they have little insight into what the investigation has uncovered and what might be revealed in the public hearings, making it harder for them to settle on a precise strategy.
How should Americans approach these hearings?
“I think we need to say: ‘This is what we know. This is what we don’t know.’ Be very, very careful and be as unemotional, frankly — it’s difficult, but be as unemotional as possible here,” he said.
CNN’s Melanie Zanona, Zachary Cohen and Ryan Nobles contributed to this report.