The seventh hearing of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol detailed how former President Donald Trump summoned protesters to Washington and encouraged a mob he allegedly knew was armed to march on the U.S. Capitol.
The eighth Jan. 6 committee hearing on its findings is scheduled for prime time July 21 and will walk through the events of Jan. 6, 2021 "minute by minute," Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., said Tuesday. The hearing will focus in on the 187 minutes between Trump's "Stop the Steal" rally on the Ellipse and his tweet urging his supporters to go home.
Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md., joked that reporters shouldn’t go on a long vacation when asked when the next hearing might occur.
“We've been keeping you guys on your toes,” Raskin told reporters on Tuesday. “We're calling hearings as we see fit.”
The committee has completed seven hearings so far. Here's what happened at each:
Day 1: The first hearing on June 9 described a “sprawling, multistep conspiracy" to stop the peaceful transfer of power spearheaded by Trump. Read the takeaways.
Day 2: On June 13, Trump aides and former Attorney General Bill Barr gave explosive testimony describing how they advised Trump not to declare victory on election night and how he ignored evidence he lost the election. Read the takeaways.
Day 3: Thursday's hearing revealed efforts by Trump's lawyers and allies to convince Pence to help overturn the election, despite knowing that those efforts were likely illegal. Luttig told the committee if Pence carried out Trump's plan, it would have "plunged America" into what he says would've been "tantamount to a revolution within a constitutional crisis." Read the takeaways.
Day 4: State officials in Georgia and Arizona told the Jan. 6 committee during Tuesday's hearing they received threats after they refused to abide by Donald Trump's efforts to overturn 2020 election results. Read the takeaways.
Day 5: Former Justice Department officials told the committee about the pressure Trump put on them to investigate baseless claims of election fraud and his ultimately failed plan to install an Attorney General who was sympathetic to the conspiracy. Read the takeaways
Day 6: Former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson portrayed Donald Trump as reckless and unhinged, describing how he knew participants at his Jan. 6 rally were armed but wanted them to march to the Capitol anyway – and he wanted to join them. Hutchinson also revealed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows asked for a pardon after the Capitol riot, along with Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani. Recounting a conversation with the chief of Trump's security detail, she said one Secret Service agent was physically attacked by Trump for refusing to drive him to the Capitol while the mob was bearing down on it. Read the takeaways
Day 7: Former White House counsel Pat Cipollone described in video testimony a vitriolic Oval Office meeting on Dec. 18, 2020, where outside advisers to former President Donald Trump hurled insults at White House staffers pushing back on efforts to overturn the election, days after the Electoral College voted for President-elect Joe Biden. A meeting two days prior led to a draft executive order for the Defense Department to seize voting machines and name Powell a special counsel to investigate. Trump’s tweet on Dec. 19, 2020 generated widespread interest on Twitter and spurred his supporters – including extremist groups like the Proud Boys and Oath Keepers – to focus their efforts on Jan. 6, when Congress would certify the Electoral College count. Read the takeaways.
What you may have missed
What happened on Day 3: Trump called Pence a 'wimp' as VP resisted 'pressure campaign' to overturn election
What happened on Day 4: State election officials tell Jan. 6 committee of pressure, threats from Trump and allies
What happened on Day 5: Trump leaned on DOJ to help overturn 2020 election, witnesses tell Jan. 6 committee
What happened on Day 6: Trump lunged at a security chief on Jan. 6, demanded to go to Capitol, aide tells hearing
What happened on Day 7: Jan. 6 rioter blames his participation on Trump, false claims of election fraud
This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: January 6 committee hearing schedule: Primetime hearing July 21