Luria said on Sunday that the hearing will involve people whose testimony has so far not been reproduced.
“I’ll tell you that people who were in the White House, people who were close to the president, and also people who had insight into the actions that were going on in the different ways they were trying to control the violence and stop what was happening. happened in the Capitol,” said Luria.
The commission will use the new witnesses to connect the dots of Trump’s whereabouts and actions on Jan. 6, 2021, when a mob of supporters of the then-president stormed the Capitol in an attempt to certify Joe Biden’s victory at the United States. to stop the 2020 elections. During its public hearings, the panel relied heavily on witness statements and visual evidence — including photos, videos and social media posts — to illustrate Trump’s role in instigating the riot.
Luria said that during Thursday’s hearing, the panel would go through “minute by minute” timeframes of what Trump was doing during the uprising.
“He has not acted. He had a duty to act. So we’ll go into that in detail,” she said. “And from there, we’ll build on the information we’ve provided in the previous hearings.”
The Virginia Democrat also said the commission would “get to the bottom of” whether the Secret Service deleted Jan. 6 text messages amid reports that the Inspector General of the Department of Homeland Security discovered missing texts. The commission summoned the Secret Service on Friday after the disclosure.
“An agency that was such an important part of a critical event in our history, you’d assume they had done everything possible to preserve that data, to analyze it to determine what kinds of things went right or wrong that day in their practices and procedures,” said Luria. “And we’re investigating that. That’s why we challenge them.”
While Thursday’s event is the last scheduled hearing, Luria said the investigation was gaining momentum and it wouldn’t be the last the public would hear from the commission. She said the panel receives new information every day that it will pass on to the public, whether it be hearings or “other methods of presenting the evidence”.
“We have a responsibility to present the things we have discovered,” she said. “And we’re talking about how best to do that after this hearing.”