After 11 months of gathering information about the attack on the Capitol on January 6, 2021, the House committee investigating the insurrection is unveiling its findings in a series of long-awaited hearings this month.
When and where to watch the hearings
The next hearing is on Thursday, June 23, at 3 p.m. ET. Subsequent hearing dates and times are yet to be announced.
What are the January 6 hearings?
This series of hearings will lay bare the acts that took place on January 6 and what led to them. Not least among these is the efforts by Donald Trump and his allies to overturn the 2020 election results and spread the Big Lie that the presidency was “stolen.”
These will be the most important congressional hearings in decades. Like the landmark congressional investigations of the past, the committee — composed of seven Democrats and two Republicans — will set out to expose any government wrongdoings, hold the responsible parties accountable, and explore legislative solutions to avoid similar offenses in the future.
The stakes are particularly high when considering the damage election denialism continues to inflict on American democracy. State legislators nationwide have spent the past year and a half using unfounded election fraud conspiracies as an excuse to pass laws that make it harder to vote and undermine the integrity of our elections. Candidates in midterm races have made election denialism a key part of their campaigns.
All told, the January 6 hearings should illustrate the dangers of spreading lies that destabilize our democracy.