Jan. 6 committee to hear first public hearing Thursday evening

Jan. 6 committee to hear first public hearing Thursday evening

The first public hearing of the House committee on Jan. 6 riot will take place Thursday evening with witness testimony and video footage surrounding last year's attack on the Capitol.

The televised hearing is expected to last through July, and is the first in a series that's going to last through July.

The first hearing is scheduled to start at 8 p.m. The committee is looking to capture a large audience by holding the event in prime-time.

A live blog with news and analysis will be hosted by NBCNews.com.

The ET was led by Rachel Maddow, Nicolle Wallace and Joy Reid with analysis from Chris Hayes, Lawrence O Donnell and Ari Melber.

The committee said it would hear testimony from two witnesses on Thursday.

One of the U.S. Capitol Police Officers is Caroline Edwards, whose injuries on January 6 kept her from returning to duty as a member of a first responder unit. Edwards suffered a concussion when she was knocked to the ground and hit her head amid a swarm of rioters pushing back a police barricade.

The British documentary filmmaker Nick Quested was one of the witnesses who followed the Proud Boys in the days surrounding the attack. Some of the footage collected by Quested includes a parking garage meeting between leaders of two far-right militia groups, Enrique Tarrio of the Proud Boys and Stewart Rhodes of the Oath Keepers on January 5th, just blocks from the Capitol. A grand jury indicts Tarrio and four other members of the Proud Boys this week on new seditious conspiracy charges in connection with the riot.

Quested produced the Oscar-nominated film Restrepo, which documented a U.S. platoon in Afghanistan, and chronicled the rise of ISIS by co-directing Hell on Earth for National Geographic.

The largely Democratic nine-member committee is led by Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss. Vice Chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.

The six Democrats are Reps. Zoe Lofgren, Adam Schiff and Pete Aguilar of California, Elaine Luria of Virginia, Stephanie Murphy of Florida and Jamie Raskin of Maryland.

Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, a spokesman for President Donald Trump, is the only other GOP member of the panel.

Cheney and Kinzinger were among a handful of House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump last year after the riot. Their membership on the Jan. 6 committee is not supported by the GOP leadership, which has denounced the panel as illegitimate.

The committee has promised to reveal previously unseen material surrounding the riot.

A committee aide, who previewed the hearing on Wednesday, said Thursday's hearing will serve as an opening statement, present initial findings, and preview details gleaned from 140,000 documents and interviews with more than 1,000 people over the course of the committee's investigation.

The panel will show that the violence on January 6 was a concerted effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election and stop the transfer of power to Joe Biden, according to the aide.

The facts will speak for themselves as we lay them out, the aide said.

The committee plans to hold several hearings in June and July. The next two are scheduled for Monday and Wednesday with both scheduled to start at 10 a.m.