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The work is already beginning for members of the House’s select committee to investigate the Capitol insurrection. The panel has announced that its first public hearing would take place this month.
The House select committee that will probe the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol has announced its first hearing that will take place on July 27. This will be the first of a series of hearings as they find answers on what transpired before, during, and after the insurrection. The first hearing of the panel would be from the Capitol Police officers and other law enforcement officials who were left injured by the pro-Trump mob during the riots.
The public session will provide the lawmakers with the testimonies from the Capitol Police and the DC Metropolitan Police Force, according to the office of the panel’s chairman Bennie Thompson. Most of the committee’s work, however, is expected to be done in private.
Eight members of the 13-member panel have already been appointed so far by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. Seven Democratic Representatives and one Republican Representative as part of the panel that will conduct the investigation. The remaining five spots will be appointed in consultation with House Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy.
It remains to be seen whether members of Congress, McCarthy included would be subpoenaed to testify before the committee. McCarthy has yet to name his five picks to serve on the committee that most of his caucus except for two GOP Reps. voted against while accusing Pelosi of politicizing the committee.
Hundreds of rioters have already been identified and arrested by the FBI after the insurrection, several of which now await trial. One judge this week, expressed frustration towards one Trump-supporting rioter, Brandon Fellows, who is accused of participating in the insurrection. Fellows, who is from New York, was sent back to jail after violating his pretrial release orders by calling his probation officer’s mother.
District Court Judge Trevor McFadden said that he could not give Fellows the benefit of the doubt anymore. McFadden added that Fellows remains to show contempt for the government. Prosecutors have asked to charge Fellows to plead guilty to felony obstruction of Congress.