Jan 6 Panel Finds Last-Minute Evidence Against Trump

Gage Skidmore from Surprise, AZ, United States of America, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

This has to end.

After saying it would be pausing its series of public hearings until July, the Jan. 6 Select Committee has made a sudden about-turn, announcing a last-minute hearing to take place today (June 28).

An advisory sent late on Monday (June 27) announced the panel would convene at 1 p.m., where it would be presenting “recently obtained evidence.”

Last Wednesday, when the panel announced it would be halting hearings for two weeks as it had received a plethora of new evidence, it revealed that the “additional information” would “require additional work.”

At that time, the panel stated, “rather than present hearings that have not been the quality of the hearings in the past, made a decision to just move into sometime in July.”

Yet, Monday’s announcement to reschedule is a result of “a deluge of new evidence,” according to statements made by committee member Rep. Jamie Raskin (D-Md.).

The new evidence is likely to have come after the panel’s third hearing, where it flashed its website on a screen behind lawmakers, as Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) encouraged “those who might be on the fence about cooperating to reach out to us.”

Monday’s announcement also follows a significant acquisition for the committee, which managed to obtain video footage from British filmmaker Alex Holder, who had been subpoenaed and asked to relinquish footage relating to his documentary about the Trump family. This footage includes interviews with former President Donald Trump, former Vice President Mike Pence, and Trump’s adult children.

The footage is most significant as it includes interviews with Trump and Pence, who have successfully evaded the committee’s attempts for interviews.