The 3 Places Jan. 6 Committee's 'Recently Obtained Evidence' May Come From

The House select committee investigating the January 6, 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol announced an unexpected hearing scheduled for Tuesday when lawmakers plan to unveil "recently obtained evidence."

The investigation into the insurrection entered a new phase this month when lawmakers presented a series of public hearings about the attack, which stemmed from former President Donald Trump and his allies' alleged attempts to thwart the results of the 2020 presidential election. So far, the committee has unveiled several potentially damaging allegations that have already chipped away at some of Trump's popularity, according to polls.

The announcement of a new hearing came as a surprise on Monday, as the committee initially planned to resume its hearings in July.

Not much is known about the hearing—as the announcement only alluded to the new evidence and unspecified witness testimony, with no central theme being announced. However, lawmakers have been going through at least three potential sources where they could have found the new evidence.

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The House select committee investigating the Capitol riot announced an unexpected hearing for Tuesday after initially pushing back hearings. Chairman Bennie Thompson has said there were three places they were digging for more evidence. Above, committee members Representative Zoe Lofgren, Thompson, and Liz Cheney are seen on June 13. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Last week, Representative Bennie Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who chairs the panel, told reporters that the committee needed more time to go through evidence that was obtained after the hearings were made public.

He specifically pointed to newly obtained documentary footage, information from the National Archives, and information lawmakers received on a tip line as the new sources.

Documentary Footage

The documentary footage that the Democratic congressman referred to is from British filmmaker Alex Holder. Last Tuesday, Holder said that he complied with a congressional request to present video recordings of the final six weeks of Trump's 2020 reelection campaign, as well as alleged unseen footage of the Capitol riot.

The footage allegedly includes exclusive interviews with the former president and members of his family. It is set to be part of a documentary titled Unprecedented, which is scheduled to air later this summer on the Discovery+ streaming service. Holder said he is "fully cooperating" with the panel, though it remains unclear what the footage may contain.

Thompson has described the footage as "important," but did not provide any further details, according to Politico.

Tip Line

One place lawmakers hope to find new evidence is the tip line, where anyone is able to send the committee potential evidence or information online. What information has been sent to the committee through the tip line, available on the panel's official website, remains unknown, but Thompson has said there is "a lot of information" there, according to NPR.

National Archive Documents

Additionally, the panel is also awaiting new documents from the Trump-era White House that is expected to be delivered by July 8, Politico reported. The panel did not specify if there was any update on these documents Monday.

More Hearings Scheduled

At least two more hearings are expected—though more could be scheduled depending on new evidence, Thompson said, according to Politico. He added that the hearings can't be pushed back much further, however, since the panel needs to write its final report that is expected to be released by the fall.

"We're going to show how Donald Trump tapped into the threat of violence, how he summoned the mob to Washington, and how, after corruption and political pressure failed to keep Donald Trump in office, violence became the last option," the lawmaker said of the July hearings.