Day 3 of the Jan. 6 hearings, originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, 2022, has been postponed, the committee said. A new date for this hearing has not yet been set. The committee will continue to hold its previously scheduled hearing on Thursday, June 16.
Pete Aguilar, a member of the Jan. 6 committee, told NPR it’s likely the hearing originally scheduled for Wednesday would be pushed back to next week, “although he cautioned that the calendar remains fluid,” NPR reported.
Here’s what you need to know:
The committee’s third hearing, originally scheduled for Wednesday, June 15, will focus on an alleged conspiracy by former President Donald Trump to influence or possibly replace the US Attorney General to lend legitimacy to false election claims according to The Washington Post. The Post reported that Jeff Rosen, then-US Attorney General, will testify along with his deputy Richard Donoghue and Justice Department official Steve Engel. The testimony of the three men is scheduled for the morning of June 15th.
“Rosen was the nation’s top law enforcement official during Trump’s final days in office. He was pressured by Trump allies to send a Justice Department letter to state officials about false allegations of voter fraud — thereby giving them legitimacy — and declined,” the Post reported.
Each hearing day will feature a theme, the Post reported. The subject of Wednesday’s hearing is to provide evidence that Trump “corruptly plotted” to replace acting Justice Department officials with people who were his allies.
The hearing will resume on Thursday, January 16 at 1:00 p.m. The formal timeline for subsequent hearing dates has not yet been announced.
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., told reporters on Capitol Hill that they had no problems with witnesses, but that they had postponed hearing day due to “technical problems,” according to ABC News.
“It’s just technical issues. I mean, we were, you know, the staff that put all the videos together, you know, and did 1-2-3. It was overwhelming, so we’re trying to give them a little space,” she said. “It’s not a big deal.”
Lofgren said on MSNBC’s Morning Joe that there is a production strain. “…putting together the video exhibits is a strenuous exercise for our very small video team…it’s just too much to put together,” said Lofgren.
However, a committee assistant told ABC that the assessment was incorrect and that the hearing “has been rescheduled to meet schedule requirements.” The committee then issued a statement saying, “The postponement is due to a number of planning factors, including the timing of production and the availability of members and witnesses.”
Aguilar told CNN the hearing schedule had “always been fluid.”
“We’re going to go ahead and have a hearing on Thursday and then also prepare for the hearings next week,” Aguilar said. “As I said, it remains fluid and we are preparing for Thursday. We just want to make sure you all have the time and space to digest all of the information that we are releasing.”
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