Happy Hour News
Well, this is probably more of a PSA than a news brief, but the next Stupid Coup Jan 6 hearing is going to be later this week, and to bring us the details we turn to Tiger Beat on the Potomac afternoon email thingie:
What’s happening: The Jan. 6 select committee hearing has a 1 p.m. [we’re guessing that Eastern Time as TBotP has never been outside of the beltway] public hearing set for Wednesday, what’s expected to be the last one before Election Day as the panel wraps up its probe on the Capitol attack and Donald Trump’s related bid to subvert the 2020 election.
The details: Witnesses and other information have still not been made public. But we have clues as to what the hearing will and won’t include.
And here’s where it gets interesting as they lay down their markers:
Here are five things to be on the lookout for:
- One MORE hearing? While Wednesday’s hearing may prove the last public one, there’s also the possibility of one last appearance in which select committee members lay out the findings in their final report. As Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told reporters last week, “this hearing, at this point, is the final hearing. But it’s not in stone because things happen.”
- No Pence or Trump: Members are starting to acknowledge that their chances of hearing testimony from the former president or former Vice President Mike Pence are slim. Although Pence did not initially rule out testifying, Pence’s “people have walked it back,” Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) told CNN. If the committee were to pursue testimony via subpoena, the process would likely take longer than it has. Remember: It’s set to stop operation at the end of this Congress.
- Defied subpoenas: There is still a pile of subpoenas that have gone unanswered and/or defied. Recipients of those include House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy as well as Reps. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), Scott Perry (R-Pa.) and Andy Biggs (R-Ariz.). Steve Bannon, a longtime advisor to Trump, was convicted on contempt of Congress charges stemming from his subpoena defiance, facing up to two years in federal prison. Peter Navarro, another adviser to the former president, was also indicted.
- A split screen: The hearing will coincide with a trial for five members of the Oath Keepers, including leader Stewart Rhodes, on charges of seditious conspiracy. Beginning with jury selection Tuesday and opening statements as early as Thursday, prosecutors will argue Rhodes and other members were involved in an intentional effort to stop the transfer of presidential power. Defense for the Oath Keepers will contend that it’s all a lie. Rhodes’ trial, among others, is expected to reveal new information about election subversion efforts.
- More information coming: Whether or not the select panel holds one last public hearing, it’s expected to release a public report with its findings by the end of the year, alongside with most — if not all — of its hundreds of witness interview transcripts.
OK, interesting enough, but I don’t think any of those are things to watch for; they all seem to be things that TBotP say won’t happen, so how do you look for them?
More fine reporting from TBotP, I guess.