According to reports, the hearing scheduled for Wednesday afternoon by the House committee investigating events on Jan. 6, has been postponed.
Wednesday’s hearing was to be the ninth public hearing of the committee and could be the last before lawmakers release the final report later in the year. Hurricane Ian is expected to hit Florida Wednesday morning and force the committee to postpone its hearing.
“In light of Hurricane Ian bearingdown on parts of Florida,” Chairman Bennie Thomson (D-MS), and Vice Chairwoman Liz Cheney, (R-WY), said in a joint statement. “We pray for all the victims of the storm. We will soon announce a date to postpone the proceedings. The Select Committee continues its investigation.
Representative Stephanie Murphy (D.FL) is one of the members of the committee. She represents a district in the path for the hurricane. Murphy is the representative of Florida’s 7th Congressional District. This district covers most of the north-central portion of the state, between Orlando and Daytona Beach.
Thompson last week stated that the hearing would feature “substantial footage of the Capitol Riot” and “significant witness testimony” that had never been seen before. This hearing was also the first public one since August’s FBI raid on the Mar-a-Lago residence of former President Donald Trump. However, it is not clear if that search yielded any additional evidence for the committee.
Although the hearing’s focus was not clear when it was scheduled last week, each of the eight public meetings held over the summer focused on a theme that sought to tie Trump’s actions to the Capitol riot. Thompson stated that live testimony would be available at the hearing, although it is not yet clear if this will happen.
It is not known how long the hearing will be delayed or when the panel will reconvene.