Trump Won't Be the Only Target During January 6 Committee Hearings

Representative Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, said the House select committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021, will not make former President Donald Trump the sole focus of its upcoming hearings.

Raskin—a prominent member of the committee—said during a Monday virtual discussion hosted by The Washington Post that others "who were pivotal" to what occurred during the Capitol riot will also be scrutinized.

On Thursday, the House select committee investigating the attack announced that the next public hearing will take place on June 9. In the advisory about the hearing, the committee said it would "present previously unseen material documenting January 6th, receive witness testimony, preview additional hearings, and provide the American people a summary of its findings about the coordinated, multi-step effort to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election and prevent the transfer of power."

A Trump aide told CBS News that the former president is expected to provide a counter-response to the committee's hearings.

After stating that a majority of the House and Senate had already found Trump "incited an insurrection" on the Capitol, Raskin said, "the select committee has found evidence about a lot more than incitement here, and we're going to be laying out the evidence about all of the actors who were pivotal to what took place on January 6."

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Rep. Jamie Raskin said the House committee investigating the January 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol won't just be targeting former President Donald Trump. In this photo, Trump is seen speaking at the "Stop The Steal" Rally on January 6, 2021, in Washington, D.C. Getty Images

Raskin also dismissed claims made by some people that what took place at the Capitol was a protest that had gotten unruly.

"The committee has found evidence of concerted planning in premeditated activity," Raskin said during the virtual talk. "The idea that all of this was just a rowdy demonstration that spontaneously got a little bit out of control is absurd."

He added, "You don't almost knock over the U.S. government by accident. So, we're gonna lay out all of the evidence."

Raskin has previously discussed the importance of the upcoming hearings. He alluded to potential revelations being shared by the committee in an April 29 tweet, writing:

"We now have evidence to support the story of the worst presidential political offense against the Union in American history. The [January 6th Committee] hearings in June will expose every facet of the assault against our democracy and Constitution on 1/6."

Newsweek reached out to the House committee for comment.