Surprise hearing on Tuesday as Jan. 6 committee promises to have recently obtained evidence


The January 6 House panel is convening a surprise hearing this week to present evidence it says it recently obtained, raising expectations of further bombshells in the extensive investigation into the U.S. Capitol insurrection.

The hearing scheduled for 1 p.m. ET on Tuesday comes after the U.S. Congress left Washington for a two-week recess. Lawmakers on the panel investigating the 2021 insurgency said last week there would be no more hearings until July.

The subject of the hearings is not yet clear. A spokesperson for the panel declined to comment on its contents.

The committee’s investigation continued through hearings that began three weeks ago, and the nine-member panel continued to gather evidence. Among other investigative evidence, the committee recently obtained new images of then-US President Donald Trump and his entourage taken before and after January 6, 2021 by British filmmaker Alex Holder.

Holder said last week that he complied with a congressional subpoena to turn over all footage he shot during the final weeks of Trump’s 2020 re-election campaign.

Speaker Bennie Thompson, center, speaks as the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack last Thursday. He is flanked by Representative Adam Kinzinger and Vice President Liz Cheney. (J. Scott Applewhite/Associated Press)

Video shows inconsistencies with testimony, lawyer says

The filmmaker said the footage includes exclusive interviews with Trump, his children and then-Vice President Mike Pence during the campaign trail and before and after the uprising at the US Capitol.

It’s unclear whether Holder’s footage will be the subject of Tuesday’s hearing, or whether Holder himself will be there. Russell Smith, an attorney for Holder, declined to comment.

Representative Bennie Thompson, the Democratic chair of the panel, told reporters last week that the committee had the footage and needed more time to sift through the hours of video Holder had returned. The British filmmaker came for a two-hour deposition on Thursday, Smith said last week.

Smith then said it was Holder’s “civic duty” to come forward and that the footage showed inconsistencies with previous testimony at the hearings.

The panel has held five hearings so far, mostly exposing Trump’s campaign to pressure various institutions of power in the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress that ultimately certified Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential victory. The committee detailed the pressure Trump and his allies had on Pence, on the states certifying Biden’s victory, and on the Justice Department.

The panel used live interviews, video testimony from its private witness interviews as well as footage from the attack to detail what it learned.

Lawmakers said last week that the two July hearings would focus on domestic extremists who violated Capitol Hill that day and what Trump was doing as the violence unfolded.