The House committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol will use what will likely be its last public hearing to reinforce its case that Donald Trump played a central role in instigating the assault, and provide a deeper look into the president’s state of mind that day, a panel aide said.
After eight televised sessions that produced startling revelations about Trump’s last months in the White House, the hearing on Thursday will primarily offer a broader look at his efforts to overturn the 2020 presidential election and how they led to the violence on Jan. 6, 2021, added the aide, who briefed reporters on condition of anonymity.
The hearing, scheduled to begin at 1 p.m., will include a great deal of new evidence buttressing the case, though no witnesses will testify live during the proceedings, according to the aide.
The committee has obtained thousands of internal Secret Service communications since its last hearing on July 21. The documents could allow the panel to corroborate some of the most sensational accounts of Trump’s conduct on Jan. 6, including staff members’ testimony that he was warned in advance of the potential for violence and was infuriated when agents refused to take him to the Capitol to join demonstrators there.
The panel also may present material from an interview conducted Sept. 29 with Virginia “Ginni” Thomas, the conservative activist and wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas.
The committee’s interest in Thomas came after emails surfaced from John Eastman, a lawyer advising Trump, showed her advocacy for the campaign to prevent Joe Biden from taking office. She also pressed White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows to pursue such efforts, and state officials to overturn Biden’s victory in Wisconsin, as well as in Arizona.
Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat, has said the hearing may be the panel’s last, though it intend to release a final report before this session of Congress ends in January. Read more from Mike Dorning and Billy House.
Meanwhile, Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), one of the committee’s members, plans to stump for Sen. Mike Lee’s (R-Utah) challenger Evan McMullin (I) in Salt Lake City on Oct. 20, McMullin’s campaign announced yesterday, Zach C. Cohen reports. McMullin, who sought the presidency in 2016, is one of the dozen candidates for federal and state office that Kinzinger recently endorsed for their commitment to “defending democracy.”
Happening on the Hill
Senate defense leaders want to ease the transfer of weapons to Ukraine and other allies as well as expedite the replenishment of diminished US weapon stocks as Russia’s invasion of Ukraine continues.
The top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee urged the Treasury Department on Wednesday to come up with a plan to oversee the how the IRS use the $80 billion in new funding it received in the tax-and-climate law.
Congressional efforts to regulate cryptocurrency have come at a “good time” for the SEC, which has relied on existing securities laws to police digital coins, agency Commissioner Hester Peirce said Wednesday.
A Biden nominee for a Montana seat on the largest federal appeals court breezed through a confirmation hearing that took place during a Senate recess.
Elections & Politics
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Biden called the country’s national parks “great treasures” as he designated a new national monument that delivered on a key priority of a Democratic ally seeking another Senate term this November.
A lawyer group that brought ethics complaints against Trump attorneys is trying to make it tougher for lawyers to use the legal system to overturn elections.
The Justice Department said Wednesday that it had turned over the bulk of documents seized from Trump’s Mar-a-Lago estate to the former president’s legal team, starting a 21-day clock for Trump to decide — and officially declare — precisely which records he wants off-limits in a criminal probe.
Around the Administration
- At 11:15 a.m. PST, Biden is scheduled to give a speech on the bipartisan infrastructure law’s impact on public transit systems, jobs, traffic, and pollution at the Los Angeles metro.
- At 7:45 p.m. PST, the president participates in a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee reception.
Biden conceded the risk of a “very slight” recession, but even a mild downturn would be painful for American households and politically perilous for the president.
The Biden administration has formally established the Medicare Drug Rebate and Negotiations Group to implement Medicare drug price negotiations and the inflation rebate program authorized under the Inflation Reduction Act of 2022.
The Department of Homeland Security plans to issue more than 64,000 additional H-2B temporary work visas—the maximum allowed under a discretionary cap—on top of the normal annual allocation in the current fiscal year, the agency announced Wednesday.
Foreign Affairs & Defense
Some Biden administration officials are growing concerned that their plan to cap the price of oil purchased from Russia may backfire after the OPEC+ alliance’s surprise production cut last week, according to people familiar with the matter.
Russian business analyst Igor Danchenko’s freedom may hinge on how a federal jury near Washington defines the word “talked.”
The Biden administration is asking for public comment on the effectiveness of Trump-era tariffs on hundreds of billions of dollars of Chinese merchandise imports as part of its broader review of the duties.
The Biden administration is implementing a humanitarian parole program for Venezuelans fleeing their country, with the aim of curbing the number seeking to cross into the US illegally at the southern border.
The Biden administration’s new restrictions on doing business with China are sending shock waves through the global semiconductor industry, with chip-equipment makers girding for perhaps the most painful fallout.
With assistance from Zach C. Cohen
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