The group of American elected officials investigating Donald Trump's maneuvers to invalidate the 2020 election announced on Monday that they would hold a last-minute hearing on Tuesday, promising to present "new evidence recently obtained".
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Since the beginning of June, this House committee has unfolded a narrative placing the former US president at the heart of an “attempted coup”, detailing his pressure exerted from all sides until the assault on Capitol Hill by his supporters on January 6, 2021.
After five hearings broadcast live on many channels in the country, the so-called “January 6” commission was not supposed to hold a hearing until the second week of July.
But in a surprise statement on Monday, the latter said it wanted to unveil Tuesday at 1:00 p.m. (5:00 p.m. GMT) "new evidence recently obtained and hear from witnesses", without giving further details.
Investigators said they have a wealth of new evidence to sift through, which arrived as the hearings were underway, including hours of footage of Trump and his family filmed for a documentary.
The commission has not ruled out further hearings later in the summer, but is keen to deliver its findings before the midterm legislative elections in November.
Because if the Democrats there lose control of the House of Representatives during the election, the commission risks being dissolved by the Republicans, many of whom denounce its work.