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EXPLAINER: Five things to watch during the Jan. 6 committee hearing on Tuesday

The panel is expected to take a deeper look at the role of right-wing extremist and white nationalist groups in the violent attack as well as their ties to former President Trump.



Tuesday marks the return of the landmark hearings being held by the House Select Committee looking into the attack on the Capitol on January 6.

The congressional subcommittee is anticipated to investigate more closely at the part played by right-wing extremist and white nationalist organizations in the horrific attack as well as their connections to the former president Trump.

Observe the following five things:

During the sixth hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol held on June 28, 2022 in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC, Cassidy Hutchinson, a top former aide to Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows, testifies while a video of former President Donald Trump from his January 6th Rose Garden statement is being played. (Pool/)


The destructive nature of white nationalists

A former spokesperson for the Oath Keepers, one of the main violent white supremacist groups that participated in the assault, is anticipated to be one of Tuesday’s key witnesses.

Former spokesperson and self-described “propagandist” for the Oath Keepers Jason Van Tatenhove has declared he will appear to respond to the panel’s queries live on national television. Eastern Time, the hearing gets underway at one.

REVISED TIME The hearing on Tuesday will begin at 1:00 PM ET. December 6th Committee (@December6thCmte) July 10, 2022


On January 6, purported members of the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys planned military-style assaults on the Capitol and arrived prepared with firearms and other weapons.

The racist radicals declared their intention to kidnap or kill legislative leaders, including former Vice President Mike Pence, and admitted bringing firearms and plans of the Capitol.

Ties to Trump’s closest circle are ugly

The panel will also look to establish a causal link between the extreme organizations and Trump’s allies in the preparation and execution of the attempted coup.


According to Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), Gen. Michael Flynn and self-described right-wing dirty trickster Roger Stone will be two of the main conduits for communication between the radicals and the White House.

On Wednesday, February 1, 2017, Michael Flynn, who was the national security adviser at the time, addresses the audience at the White House’s daily news briefing in Washington, D.C. Carroll Kaster

Additionally, it will probably reveal the roles played by Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, who joined the attack’s planners in a fictitious “war room” at the Willard hotel in Washington, D.C., in the days and hours prior to the attack.

However, the committee might make connections to Trump’s inner circle much more apparent.


On the evening of January 5, former chief of staff Mark Meadows had intended to meet with the planners in person at the war room, but was persuaded to call into a meeting instead, according to White House assistant Cassidy Hutchinson, who testified at the committee’s last session.

The discussion panel also intends to concentrate on a White House gathering in December following which Trump made a controversial tweet that sparked extremists to start organizing their followers for the attack on the Capitol.

How about those MAGA politicians?

Do you recall the rumors that, in the days prior to the attack, several GOP politicians conducted peculiar tours of the Capitol building? On Tuesday, we might learn more about them.


The committee should concentrate on how some Republican politicians encouraged their supporters to visit Washington, D.C., on January 6, according to Rep. Stephanie Murphy (D-Fla.).

Security footage of Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) taking a tour of supporters of Donald Trump on January 5—the day the Capitol was formally closed—has already been made public by the panel.

On May 4, 2021, in Marietta, Georgia, Rep. Barry Loudermilk (R-Ga.) listens to a speaker at a press conference. Ronnie Harris

The fact that the participants were photographing stairwells and basement exits suggested they were more interested in non-traditional tourist sites.


Will Pat Cipollone, Trump’s White House lawyer, speak to us?

It sounds plausible.

Pat Cipollone, a conservative lawyer who represented Trump during his initial impeachment hearing, is regarded as one of the most crucial witnesses the committee has heard from so far. He was present with Trump on January 6 while the attack took place, as well as at other crucial times that the investigation has looked at.

On Friday, July 8, 2022, Pat Cipollone, a former White House counsel for President Donald Trump, enters an interview room in the O’Neill House Office Building to respond to inquiries from the Jan. 6 Select Committee’s investigators. John Scott Applewhite


On Tuesday, Cipollone is not anticipated to show up in person, but lawmakers say it’s likely that some video snippets from his eight-hour deposition will be made available to the public.

Which revelation will the panel make next?

Dramatic revelations have been made by the committee, and Tuesday’s hearing might not be any different.

However, some audience members are eagerly anticipating the upcoming hearing, which will concentrate primarily on Trump’s inability to take any action to halt the attack as it was taking on in real time.


The House January 6 Select Committee announced on Monday that fresh information would force them to postpone its Thursday evening meeting.

Hutchinson’s explosive testimony, which Lofgren dubbed as “supreme dereliction of duty,” already created a damning picture of a deranged Trump supporting the attack.

However, Cipollone’s day-by-day narrative might be the biggest surprise to date. He was present when Trump informed advisers in meetings that he didn’t want to stop the attack and that Pence “deserves it” in response to the call to hang Mike Pence.