House January 6 panel adjourns hearing for Wednesday because of Hurricane Ian

House committee is investigating January 6 Attack on the US Capitol Hearing due for Wednesday has been adjourned To Hurricane IanIt is expected to hit Florida on the same day as a Category 3 hurricane.

“In light of the impact of Hurricane Ian on parts of Florida, we have decided to postpone tomorrow’s proceedings. We are praying for the safety of all those in the path of the storm,” the committee said in a statement. “The Select Committee’s investigation proceeds and we will announce the date of the adjourned proceedings soon.”

The hearing was supposed to be the committee’s ninth and final hearing, and the committee said they disclosed some information this summer.

Committee Chairman Benny Thompson said earlier this month That the committee plans to prepare an interim report in mid-October, and finalize the report before the end of the year.

This will take him ahead of the mid-term elections in November. two Republicans on the committee, Liz Cheney And adam kinzingerBoth are leaving Congress in January. Cheney lost the Republican primary for the Trump-backed challenger in Wyoming; Kinzinger decided not to run for re-election.

Before the postponement was announced, a source familiar with the committee’s plans told CBS News that the hearing was expected to feature clips from an upcoming documentary on former President Trump aide Roger Stone. The source added that the filmmaker provided the panel with a total of 14 clips from the documentary, which was shot over a period of three years. The documentary, “A Storm Foretold,” is expected to be released later this year.

In a statement to CBS News, Stone said he “challenges the accuracy and authenticity of these videos and believes they have been manipulated and selectively edited.” Stone called it “blatantly false” that he “previously knew of, participated in, or condoned any illegal activity” on January 6.

“The excerpts below prove nothing, certainly they do not prove that I had nothing to do with the events of January 6. That being said, it clearly shows that I have held legitimate Congress. and advocated judicial alternatives,” he said.

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On July 21, 2022, a video of former President Donald Trump plays on the screen during a House Select Committee hearing to investigate the January 6 attack on the US Capitol.

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In a series of blockbuster public hearings this summer, the committee added never-before-seen footage from January 6, video testimony from some of Trump’s inner circle, and in-person witness testimony.

At one of the hearings, in late June, Cassidy Hutchinson, a former White House aide, was called at the last minute to spotlight a witness whose amazing testimony Provided a direct and chronic account of Trump’s behavior before and during the January 6 attacks.

“As an American, I was disgusted. It was unpatriotic,” Hutchinson testified about the events of January 6. “It was un-American. We were watching the Capitol building distort on a lie. And it was something that it was really hard to know at that moment what I was hearing down the hall from the conversation that was going on. ”

The hearing sought to arm Trump with coordinating the attack and shed light on the alleged plans he devised and members of his inner circle designed to reverse the 2020 election results.

Other witnesses included former Trump deputy attorney general Richard Donoghue, former Justice Department attorney Steve Engel, Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, Arizona House Speaker. rusty bowersGeorgia Election activist Wandrea “Shay” Mossocapital police officer Caroline Edwards and documentary filmmaker Nick Quest, who embodied with the Proud Boys on January 6.

After an earlier hearing, a letter from the Homeland Security Inspector General revealed that the watchdog office had asked for text messages from the US Secret Service between January 5–6, and learned that thousands had been deleted – according to the agency. , as part of an equipment replacement program. The Secret Service said it had launched a “criminal” investigation into the matter.

CBS News confirmed Tuesday to two sources that information on the investigation revealed that in compliance with the DHS inspector general’s request, the US Secret Service seized the cellphones of two dozen agents involved in the agency’s response to the January 6, 2021 riots at the Capitol. Hand over. These are the same two dozen agents whose messages were summoned by the Inspector General and the Committee of the House on 6 January.

Since the last hearing was held on 16 July, the committee stated that it has Negotiations with the Department of Justice About a plan reportedly devised by Trump aides to put forward alternative voters supporting President Biden in seven battleground states of his victory.

The committee has interviewed over 1,000 people and issued more than 100 summons since its inception last year. They are still talking to witnesses. Counsel for Conservative activist Ginny Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, Wednesday’s Confirmation that she would meet him.

If Republicans take control of the House after November’s election, it is likely that the committee will be dissolved. Thompson told reporters earlier this month that the committee would have a “sunset” at the end of the year.

Jeff Peggs, Nicole Killian and Nicole Sagana contributed to this report.

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