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Jan 6 Panel chairman has COVID, prime-time hearing still on

By Farnosh Amiri and Marie Claire Jalonik

WASHINGTON ( Associated Press) — Rep. Benny Thompson, the chairman of the House Committee on January 6, has tested positive for COVID-19, but the panel will still hold its prime-time hearing on Thursday, according to a spokesman for the panel.

Thompson, D-Miss., announced Tuesday that he tested positive for the virus on Monday and is experiencing mild symptoms. Thompson, 74, said he would be in isolation for the next several days, but on January 6, committee spokesman Tim Mulvey said the committee’s eighth hearing would go ahead this summer. He did not say whether Thompson would virtually participate.

News of Thompson’s diagnosis comes as a nine-member panel is preparing for a hearing, which is expected to focus on what President Donald Trump was doing for several hours at the White House on January 6, 2021. Because his supporters were sabotaging. Capitol and obstructing the certification of Joe Biden’s presidential victory. According to a person familiar with the lineup of the hearings, two White House aides who resigned shortly afterwards are expected to testify.

Matthew Pottinger, a former deputy national security adviser, and Sarah Matthews, a former deputy press secretary, are expected to testify, according to the person, who was not authorized to discuss the matter publicly and remains anonymous. had requested.

There is detailed chaos in the White House at the last hearing, and aides and others were begging the president to ask the rioters to leave the Capitol. But T Rump waited more than three hours to do so, and there are still many unanswered questions about what exactly he was doing and saying when the violence surfaced.

Lawmakers on the nine-member panel have said the hearing will present the most compelling evidence of Trump’s “neglect of duty” that day, with witnesses detailing his failure to stop the angry crowd.

“We’ve filled in the blanks,” Representative Adam Kizinger, R-Ill., who will help lead Thursday’s session, said Sunday. This is a massive eye opener.

During its year-long investigation, the panel has uncovered many details about what the former president was doing as the mob of rioters breached the Capitol complex. Testimony and documents revealed that those closest to Trump, including his aides in Congress, Fox News anchors and even his own children, tried to persuade him to clear the crowd or rioters. gave a statement to go home.

Thursday’s hearing will be the first in the prime-time slot since the start of June 9, which was watched by an estimated 20 million people.

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