January 6 Committee Finalizing Witness List And Topics Ahead Of High-Stakes Hearings In June

January 6 Committee Finalizing Witness List And Topics Ahead Of High-Stakes Hearings In June

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Washington (CNN)A month before it kicks off a series of high-profile public hearings, the House select committee investigating January 6 is still finalizing its witness list and preparing to reach out to people it wants to testify publicly.

The first hearing, set for June 9, will be a broad overview of the panel’s 10-month investigation and set the stage for subsequent hearings, which are expected to cover certain topics or themes including what President Donald Trump was doing as the riot unfolded, the pushing of baseless election fraud claims that motivated rioters, how law enforcement responded to the attack, and the organizing and financing behind the January 6 rallies, sources tell CNN.

While the setup of the hearings is still a work in progress and evolving, sources note, the presentations will likely feature video clips from January 6, as well as some of the nearly 1,000 interviews the committee has conducted behind closed doors. That could help the committee share more testimony, as well as deal with potentially recalcitrant witnesses.

    The committee may begin reaching out to potential witnesses as soon as next week, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

      Among the witnesses whose testimony was videotaped were members of Trump’s family, including recent interviews with Donald Trump Jr., Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner.

        A representative for Donald Trump Jr. declined to comment. A representative for Ivanka Trump and Kushner did not respond to a request for comment, and a spokesperson for the committee also declined to comment about next month’s hearings.

        Multiple people who have been interviewed by the committee tell CNN they expect to be called as first-hand fact witnesses to the events on or around January 6, though none of them say they’ve been notified by the committee yet. Those people include former members of the Trump administration, former White House officials and rally planners.

          At least one fact witness who has been deposed by the committee behind closed doors already told the panel they will refuse to testify publicly if asked, according to a source familiar with the matter. Other witnesses, including rally organizers, have indicated they may be willing to participate in public hearings under a certain set of ground rules, two additional sources familiar with the matter told CNN.

          Among the key witnesses who sources say are likely to be called for the public hearings are former Justice Department officials Jeff Rosen and Richard Donoghue, the interim attorney general and deputy attorney general during the final month of the Trump administration. Both have testified to the committee about Trump’s efforts to pressure the Justice Department to investigate unfounded allegations of voter fraud after the 2020 election.

          Neither Rosen nor Donoghue have been asked to testify at a public hearing, according to sources familiar with the matter.

          Also expected to be on the final witness list for public hearings are top aides to former Vice President Mike Pence, including his former chief of staff Marc Short and former general counsel Greg Jacob.

          It’s unclear if the committee will ask Pence to appear for public hearings, but two people familiar with the investigation say they would be very surprised if he testified.

          “We understand the interest in talking to the vice president, and we haven’t made decisions at this point,” committee member Democratic Rep. Pete Aguilar of California told CNN’s John Berman on Tuesday morning. “But I can tell you that we continue to receive ample evidence that will help us in this discussion.

          In January, the committee’s chairman, Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson of Mississippi, told CNN the panel wanted to hear directly from Pence, but last month Thompson walked that back.

          “There’s no effort on the part of the committee to get him to come in” Thompson said.

          Former President Trump is also not expected to be asked to testify, according to two sources familiar with the investigation. Both sources indicated that they did not think Trump would cooperate in a productive manner, and doubt that he would agree to testify under oath in a public setting.

          However, the committee is interested in calling back for the public hearings former White House staff

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