Many Democrats have pointed to recent hearings by a House committee investigating the January 6 riot as part of their effort to discredit former President Donald Trump.
Yet in a move that is likely to leave them feeling disappointed, the committee’s chairman recently announced that it will be taking a break.
Committee chair says pause is needed to process “additional information”
According to The Hill, Rep. Bennie Thompson told reporters on Wednesday that the committee will postpone additional sessions that had been scheduled for this month.
“We’ve taken in some additional information that’s going to require additional work,” the Mississippi Democrat was quoted as saying.
“So rather than present hearings that have not been the quality of the hearings in the past we made a decision to just move into sometime in July,” he added.
Thomson went on to explain that the delay was due to new information coming from the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA).
“We have gotten some additional information from a documentarian that we’ll have to review and some additional NARA production that’s going to require a little more time than we anticipated,” he explained.
California congresswoman says it’s not clear when hearings will resume
That message was echoed by Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin, who was quoted as saying, “There’s been a deluge of new evidence since we got started.
“And we just need to catch our breath, go through the new evidence, and then incorporate it into the hearings we have planned,” Raskin continued.
California Rep. Zoe Lofgren agreed, telling The Hill, “I don’t think we’ve established a date yet, but we have a mountain of new information that’s come in that we have to go through.”
However, another possibility is that the committee’s members may wish to seek a hiatus so as not to have their work overshadowed by other controversial events.
On Thursday, the Supreme Court ruled that states may not require applicants to show good cause when applying for a permit to carry a handgun. Further, many observers expect the Court to issue a ruling which could overturn the right to abortion laid out in Roe v. Wade.