House Jan 6 Committee Postpones Public Hearing, Citing Hurricane Ian

The House January 6 select committee announced that it would postpone the expected public hearing that was scheduled for Wednesday over concerns about a hurricane bearing down in the southern part of the U.S.

The public hearing was expected to be the final investigative hearing for the House committee. 

The committee is now considering how best to present a number of unresolved questions surrounding the deadly Capitol attack from 2021

Panel chairman Bennie Thompson and vice-chair Liz Cheney said in a joint statement that in light of Hurricane Ian bearing down on parts of Florida, the committee decided to postpone the proceedings, and are praying for the safety of all in the storm’s path.

The massive hurricane is forecast to reach category 4. It was due to make landfall on the Gulf coast of Florida around the time the hearing was scheduled to begin in Washington, D.C. 

The Tampa area is expected to be hit with hurricane-force winds and major flooding. The area has not suffered a direct hit from a major storm since 1921. 

Members felt it was insensitive to have a hearing during a potential natural disaster. 

Not to mention that the television coverage of the findings surrounding former president Donald Trump would probably be diminished.

The panel had not yet disclosed the exact topics it intended to cover in the hearing. The focus was in part supposed to be on how Trump political operatives planned to declare victory in the 2020 election regardless of the actual outcome, through anything he and his team could do, including court battles and other extrajudicial means to secure a second term for the one-term president. 

While it is expected to be the final “investigative” hearing, the select committee could hold another around the time it releases its final report and makes recommendations to prevent future repeats of the 6 January 2021 events.

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