The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold its first primetime hearing on Thursday night — the first of a series of hearings stemming from its 11-month probe of the events surrounding the deadly riot, including the actions of then-President Donald Trump and his allies.
Who's on the committee? The nine-member panel — which was formed last June after Republicans rejected the chance to form a 9/11-style commission — is made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans selected by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi. They are:
• Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chair
• Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., vice chair
• Rep. Pete Aguilar, D-Calif.
• Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill.
• Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif.
• Rep. Elaine Luria, D-Va.
• Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Fla.
• Rep. Jamie Raskin, D-Md.
• Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif.
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Why are these hearings important? The committee may reveal new details about actions taken by Trump, who spoke at a rally immediately before the Jan. 6 attack. Trump had told supporters to “fight like hell” in an effort to overturn the 2020 election and stop the certification of then-President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Trump, who was impeached for a second time by the House for inciting the riot, is likely to run for president again in 2024.
LIVE: Jan. 6 Committee Holds Public Hearing On 2021 Capitol Attack | NBC News 14 waiting Scheduled for Jun 10, 2022 The first public hearing held by the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot will have witness testimony and video footage surrounding last year's attack on the Capitol.
Ryan Kelley, a Republican candidate for governor in Michigan, was arrested Thursday morning and charged with participating in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
After the execution of a search warrant on his home in Allendale, Mich., Kelley was arrested and charged with a misdemeanor, according to U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. The arrest comes hours before the committee investigating the events of Jan. 6 is set to hold its first public hearing.
While the real estate broker had downplayed his involvement in the violence at the Capitol, analysis of multiple videos show Kelley on the steps outside the building rallying the crowd. Last summer, the Michigan Democratic Party promoted a video of Kelley at the time, saying, “Come on, let’s go! This is it! This is — this is war, baby!”
“As far as going through any barricades, or doing anything like that, I never took part in any forceful anything,” Kelley told MLive in March 2021, after launching his campaign. “Once things started getting crazy, I left.”
According to the statement of facts supporting the criminal complaint against Kelley, the FBI first began receiving tips about Kelley’s involvement in the weeks after the violence of Jan. 6. The document states that an FBI agent interviewed Kelley in an attempt to confirm his identity.
Kelley has been charged with knowingly entering or remaining in a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, disorderly and disruptive conduct in a restricted building or grounds, knowingly engaging in an act of physical violence against person or property in a restricted building or grounds and willfully injuring or committing any depredation against a property of the United States.
Kelley is among the many Michigan GOP members challenging Democratic incumbent Gretchen Whitmer in this fall’s midterm election. Five potential candidates were disqualified for submitting too many fraudulent signatures, but Kelly is likely to be one of five remaining Republicans on the ballot for the August primary. His previous experience of office was on his local township’s planning commission.
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