The committee’s second public hearing on Jan. 6 is scheduled for Monday morning, following an explosive prime-time event hosted by the panel on Thursday.
With more than 20 million people watching the committee’s first presentation, the number of attendees for Monday’s event is expected to decline, mainly due to the 10 a.m. ET start time. But revelations about ex-President Donald Trump’s team’s efforts to undo the 2020 election are expected to continue, as more footage of the attack itself is released as well.
Monday’s hearing is expected to focus on the former president’s efforts to foment mistrust in the US electoral system and the overall outcome of the 2020 election among much of the US population; Donald Trump and his team spent months spreading false claims of voter fraud, electoral fraud, foreign interference, and a wide variety of conspiracies to explain how the GOP president who overthrew Hillary Clinton in 2016 turned his back on Georgia, Arizona in four years. and Michigan lost to now-President Joe Biden.
The hearing is expected to be broadcast on major TV networks, including CNN and MSNBC, as well as numerous news websites and YouTube channels, including the independent† The hearings will also be broadcast live on C-SPAN.
So far, one witness has been confirmed: former Fox News editor Chris Stirewalt, who sat on the Decision Desk when the network projected Arizona for Mr. Biden live on Fox’s air on Election Night 2020, which infuriated Mr. Trump and his team because it the sealing of his political fate.
Stirewalt’s presence suggests that the committee will devote at least some of its time to the president’s efforts to use right-wing media outlets, such as Fox News’ op-eds and other channels such as Newsmax, to spread his false claims about Dominion- voting machines and a host. of other election-related issues. Mr Stirewalt was fired from Fox News in 2021 including in what the network called a “restructuring” at the time.
The ex-Fox employee commented on the hearing on NewsNation Friday, which was first reported by NBC News: “This is the first time in all of US history that we really threaten the concept of the peaceful transfer of power.”
“Whatever the political interests of the two parties and individuals involved, our real hope must be that this will teach us and help us avoid these problems in the future,” he added.
Another witness reportedly set to appear before the panel on Monday is conservative attorney Ben Ginsberg, according to CNN. The network reported that Mr. Ginsberg will reject Mr. Trump’s claims of mass voter fraud in the 2020 election, as well as address the former president’s failed legal attempts to challenge the results.
This article previously stated that Mr. Stirewalt gave the green light to the call to project Arizona for Mr. Biden, and has been corrected. The Independent regrets the error.