The US House of Representatives committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, insurrection at the nation’s Capitol is aiming to prove that the violent attack was a direct result of former President Donald Trump’s false claims about a stolen election. Following a series of hearings that began on June 9, the committee of seven Democrats and two Republicans will report its findings sometime before the midterm elections on Nov. 8, likely in September at a final hearing. Trump and his Republican allies continue to call the probe a witch hunt focused on scoring political points.
It’s conducted more than 1,000 interviews and collected more than 100,000 documents, including emails and texts. At its first public hearing, in July 2021, it heard testimony from police officers at the Capitol who came under attack. It’s issued at least 99 subpoenas for witness testimony and document production; in four instances where the recipient hasn’t complied, the Democratic-controlled House has voted to pursue charges of contempt of Congress, with two of those cases leading to indictments.