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Witnesses, Schedule & Focus – Deadline


UPDATED with confirmation of next hearing: The Congressional Committee Investigating the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol will next convene on Thursday, July 21, according to two of its memebers.

The hearing will be held in primetime, which will make it only the second of the group’s eight public gatherings to be scheduled in the evening hours. The first primetime hearing — which was also the panel’s first public meeting — attracted 20 million viewers across the 12 networks who carried it. The prospect of another primetime presentation hints that the committee believes it has important revelations to offer.

Committee Chair Rep. Bennie Thompson declined to say whether it would be the committee’s final hearing, but told NBC News it would be “the last one — at this point.”

Today on CBS’s Face the Nation committee member Rep. Adam Kinzinger told host Margaret Brennan, “This investigation is not winding down. We may be towards the end of this tranche of hearings, [but] we may have more hearings in the future and the investigation is still ongoing.”

On ABC’s This Week, committee member Rep. Zoe Lofgren told host Martha Radditz that “This investigation is very much ongoing.

Echoing other comments by Kinzinger she continued, “The fact that this series of hearings is going to be concluded Thursday doesn’t mean that our investigation is over. It’s very active. New witnesses are coming forward. Additional information is coming forward. There are things that we are looking at still.”

Both Reps emphasized that, at the very least, there could be another hearing in the fall when their report detailing the committee’s findings is released.

In terms of content, Rep. Liz Cheney revealed on Tuesday that, “We will walk through the events of January 6, next week, minute-by minute,” including the fact that, as the violence unfolded at the Capitol, “Donald Trump never picked up the phone that day to order his administration to help.”

She continued: “This is not ambiguous. He did not call the military. His secretary of defense received no order. He did not call his attorney general. He did not talk to the Department of Homeland Security.”

Thompson added, “We’ll tell the story of that supreme dereliction by the commander in chief. How close we came to a catastrophe in our Democracy and and how we remain in serious jeopardy.”

The primetime broadcast could include more testimony from former White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, who was present for many of the key meetings on January 6.

Late Friday, the news broke that a number of Secret Service text messages sent on January 5th and 6th had been erased shortly after all such missives were subpoenaed by the committee. On Friday, the committee specifically subpoenaed any deleted messages.

“We expect to get them by this Tuesday,” said Rep. Lofgren Sunday morning. Such texts could, of course, help the committee lay out the January 6 timeline, which is its stated intention for Thursday’s primetime conclave.

Both Reps indicated today that the committee is still working out whether the committee would interview former Vice President Mike Pence or his onetime boss, Donald Trump.

There also looms a potentially explosive deposition of Trump’s onetime strategist Steve Bannon, who has agreed to testify.

Putting the pugnacious Bannon, a veteran of conservative talk radio, on TV may prove a double-edged sword for the panel. He is less likely than most others with whom they’ve spoken to adhere to the procedures and narrative that the committee is following.

There is also evidence yet to be presented from from British filmmaker Alex Holder, who was scheduled to be deposed last Thursday. Holder said in a statement that his upcoming three-part Discovery+ documentary, Unprecedented, was shot in the final six weeks of President Trump’s re-election campaign. He has given the panel footage from the documentary, which he says includes contemporaneous interviews with Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr.

Ginni Thomas, far-right political activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, had said publicly that she would testify about communications she allegedly had with officials very high in the administration about overturning the election, but her lawyer later threw cold water on the possibility.

You can watch last Tuesday’s proceedings here:

NETWORK COVERAGE PLANS (not yet updated for Thursday, July 21):

ABC

ABC plans to air the hearings live this week.

ABC News Digital and ABC News Live will provide coverage as well.

CBS

CBS Evening News anchor and managing editor Norah O’Donnell will lead the network’s live coverage with a CBS News Special Report on the CBS broadcast flagship and also on CBS News Streaming and the CBS News mobile apps.

Uninterrupted coverage will be available to watch at CBSNews.com/hearings. Viewers can also watch CBS News’ live coverage on CBSNews.com and the network’s YouTube channel.

Joining O’Donnell for the special coverage Thursday will be chief political analyst John Dickerson, senior investigative correspondent Catherine Herridge, chief election & campaign correspondent Robert Costa, chief national affairs and justice correspondent Jeff Pegues and congressional correspondents Scott MacFarlane and Nikole Killion.

Coverage of the hearings will be on the CBS Television Network and streamed on the CBS News’ mobile apps. Uninterrupted coverage will be available to watch at CBSNews.com/hearings. Viewers can also watch CBS News’ live coverage on CBSNews.com and the network’s YouTube channel.

Coverage of the hearings will also be included on CBS Mornings, the CBS Evening News With Norah O’Donnell, CBS Sunday Morning and Face the Nation with Margaret Brennan.

CNN

CNN’s coverage of the January 6 committee hearings will stream live, without requiring a cable log-in via CNN.com and CNN OTT and mobile apps under “TV Channels” or CNNgo where available. CNN will broadcast live on Tuesday.

C-SPAN

The public affairs network is serving as the pool for broadcast and cable media and will cover the hearing with seven cameras placed strategically around the stately Cannon Caucus Room. The setup includes a “head on” camera, getting cover shots of the dais; a manned “head on” camera to get shots of committee members; a manned “cut” camera, to get shots of members at the dais or of witnesses and their table; a robotic witness camera; and another witness camera. The hearing will be live on C-SPAN, C-SPAN.org and the C-SPAN Now app.

Fox News

Fox News is carrying the hearings live on the network and on Fox Nation subscription based streaming service and ungated at FoxNews.com. Fox News has covered all of the daytime hearings gavel-to-gavel.

MSNBC

Tuesday’s special coverage will kick off at 6 a.m. on Morning Joe with a preview the upcoming hearing.

NBC News chief Washington correspondent and MSNBC anchor Andrea Mitchell, NBC News senior Washington correspondent and MSNBC anchor Hallie Jackson and MSNBC anchor Katy Tur will lead special daytime coverage. Beginning at 8 p.m. ET on Tuesday, MSNBC will air a two-hour recap special anchored by MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow, Joy Reid and Nicolle Wallace, joined by Chris Hayes, Lawrence O’Donnell and Ari Melber.

At 10 p.m. ET, Lawrence O’Donnell will host a special edition of The Last Word. Stephanie Ruhle will continue special coverage at 11 p.m. with a special edition of The 11th Hour.

NBC

Ahead of the hearing, Lester Holt will also anchor a special on NBC News NOW. Holt will later anchor an NBC News Special Report with the network’s political director and moderator of Meet the Press Chuck Todd, NBC News chief White House correspondent Kristen Welker, NBC News senior Washington correspondent Hallie Jackson and NBC News Capitol Hill correspondent Ali Vitali.

NBCNews.com will carry a robust live blog with the latest breaking news out of the hearing, as well as coverage of key takeaways.

PBS

PBS NewsHour will offer live special coverage of the hearings on broadcast, online, and social beginning at 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday July 12. Managing editor Judy Woodruff will anchor, with reporting from White House correspondent Laura Barrón-López at the White House and Capitol Hill correspondent Lisa Desjardins at the Capitol. Guests will include Jamil Jaffer, George Mason University law professor, former Department of Justice official and former associate counsel to former President George W. Bush as well as Professor Mary McCord, Georgetown University law professor, Executive Director of the Institute for Constitutional Advocacy and Protection, and former Acting Assistant Attorney General for National Security.



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