The next public hearing of the House select committee on the Jan. 6 insurrection will be broadcast in prime time on Thursday, July 21 at 5:00 p.m. Pacific, 8:00 p.m. Eastern. You don’t need a cable subscription to tune in – this official presentation of what the committee found during its investigation is free to watch for everyone.
WIRED’s ongoing coverage of last year’s January 6 attack in Washington DC includes the role Google’s geolocation data played when police arrested rioters and how the commission’s hearings are designed to get your attention.
How to watch the upcoming January 6 hearing
If you have access to TV broadcasts like ABC, CBS, and NBC, or news networks like CNN and MSNBC, portions of the upcoming committee hearing are expected to be broadcast live. (Remember, most channels can be streamed for free using a digital antenna.)
Would you like to view the hearing on your computer or smartphone? Subscribing to the committee’s YouTube channel from January 6 is probably the best choice to see all the information live. Missed the previous seven hearings? On that YouTube channel, you can rewatch all the January 6 hearings without any hassle or interruption.
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What should you expect?
During a recent interview on “Face the Nation,” Adam Kinzinger, a Republican representative and part of the bipartisan committee, said, “I’ll give you this preview, the president didn’t do much, but gleefully watched television during this period.”
According to CNN, Matthew Pottinger and Sarah Matthews are two of the people who will testify on Thursday. Pottinger was Trump’s deputy national security adviser until he abruptly resigned after the riots. Matthews was a press officer for Trump; she also resigned on the night of January 6.
About a week before the upcoming hearing, the commission subpoenaed the Secret Service regarding deleted text messages. Hearing number eight is expected to be the committee’s final presentation. WIRED’s contributing editor, Garrett M. Graff, analyzed the earlier hearings, writing, “Overall, the committee has painted a much more organized and coherent picture of the administration’s efforts than most people had imagined.”
Police have already arrested hundreds of people in connection with the riots in the capital. It remains unclear whether Trump will face criminal charges. With prosecutor Thomas Windom at the helm, the Justice Department is investigating Trump’s role in the uprising that followed his failed presidential bid. Rolling Stone reporting suggests Trump is feeling the heat, and potential prosecution is motivating the former president to throw his hat back in the ring.