As with Watergate or the impeachment of Donald Trump, the battle will be played out in broad daylight in front of the cameras. The parliamentary commission of inquiry into the assault on the Capitol on January 6, 2021 plans to hold public hearings in June, it announced Thursday, and to publish its results in the midst of the midterm legislative campaign in the United States. fall.
Through eight hearings, key witnesses interviewed by the commission will testify publicly for the first time about the events leading up to this attack on Congress, and about the events that unfolded that day. “We are going to tell the story of what happened,” said the chairman of the commission of inquiry, the elected Democrat Bennie Thompson, to the press, claiming to want to use in particular “a mixture of witnesses and documents” explanatory.
The public hearings should hold the attention of a certain part of America that had already followed the hearings diligently during the two impeachments in the House of Representatives of President Donald Trump.
” Witch hunt “
The commission, made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans opposed to Donald Trump, will explore accusations that Donald Trump incited violence among his supporters on January 6, 2021, through months of unfounded accusations of 2020 presidential voter fraud destined to stay in power despite their defeat.
The ultra-loyal Republican base of the billionaire believes that the investigation is nothing more than a “witch hunt” to create a diversion from the inflation deemed to be galloping, ahead of the November elections which could see the Democrats lose control of Congress.
The House of Representatives established the commission of inquiry in July 2021 to shed light on the attack on the Capitol that left five people dead and has since seen hundreds arrested.
700 witnesses heard
On January 6, 2021, as Congress prepared to certify Joe Biden’s victory, Donald Trump harangued his supporters outside the White House, hammering that the election had been “stolen” from him and inviting them to go to Congress “to fight like devils. Thousands of people then marched to the Capitol and stormed the temple of American democracy.
The commission of inquiry has already conducted more than 900 interviews and depositions and received more than 100,000 documents on the events. Bennie Thompson declined to name the witnesses who would be interviewed in June, but said the first hearing would take place on June 9.
More than 700 people have already been heard, including Mike Pence’s ex-chief of staff, Donald Trump’s daughter and son-in-law, Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, who testified voluntarily. Donald Trump’s former chief of staff, Mark Meadows, and his ex-advisers Peter Navarro and Dan Scavino, as well as Steve Bannon refused and were found in contempt of Congress. Indicted by a grand jury, Steve Bannon, who is suspected of having played a role in the mobilization, should be tried in July.