House Democrat-led Jan. 6 select panel schedules first hearing

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The select committee looking into the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the US Capitol will hold its first hearing July 27, Democratic leaders announced Wednesday.

The panel, which is currently made up of eight House lawmakers — seven Democrats as well as Republican Liz Cheney of Wyoming — will hear testimony from law enforcement officers who were assaulted by supporters of former President Donald Trump during the melee.

“We need to hear how they felt, we need to hear what people who broke into the Capitol said to them,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told the Associated Press last week.

The House voted largely along party lines on June 30 to set up the select committee after Senate Republicans blocked legislation to create a 9/11-style commission to examine the origins of the riot.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) can submit recommendations for up to five additional members of the committee, but told Fox News Tuesday he was undecided about whether to do so.

“I’m discussing it with my members,” McCarthy told “Special Report” host Bret Baier. “I have a real concern [about] the scope of what we’re looking at.”

McCarthy, like most Republicans, has expressed concerns that Democrats could use the committee to turn the riot into a potent political issue ahead of next year’s midterm elections.

“[The select committee] looks more like an impeachment committee than one that wants to get to the bottom of the questions that are still out there,” he said Tuesday.

More than 500 people have been arrested across the country in connection with the riot. Thompson told MSNBC Monday that the committee was “not interested in conflicting with the prosecution” of alleged rioters, “but we think there is significant evidence that they might have been able to ascertain in their investigation that could be germane to our, the select committee’s investigation.

“So we’ll have the best relationship that we can, but we’re not interested in getting into the prosecutorial aspect of what’s going on with the Capitol.”

The committee does have subpoena power, and Thompson said last week he was willing to use it “to the fullest extent of the law,” adding, “I don’t think anyone is off limits.”

With Post wires

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