6 January CommitteeThe second public hearing this year saw a last-minute change in plan: Bill Stepian, Donald Trump’s former campaign manager, dropped out early Monday because of a family emergency.
This quickly sparked speculation in the press corps outside the Canon caucus room about what happened, but Politico and other news outlets reported that his wife had gone into labor. Instead, Stepian’s attorney will read a statement.
Another prominent name on the agenda is Chris Stirwaltthe former Fox News Political editor who was released after the 6 January attack. Although he hasn’t said what he will testify about, the committee is focused on the origins of Trump’s false claims about the 2020 election, including how conspiracy theories spread across traditional and social media.
Broadcast networks are streaming the proceedings live, as they did on Thursday, as are the major cable news networks. That includes Fox News, a change from last week that decided to skip the hearing last week in favor of its Primetime Opinion hosts, Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity, who continued to blast the incident as a partisan exercise.
According to Nielsen, last week’s hearing attracted nearly 20 million viewers, a healthy number for summer viewing though not at blockbuster levels. But the hearing later received widespread coverage, as the clip was shared on social media.
Stirwalt was fired from Fox News following the January 6 attack on the Capitol, in what the network said was a reorganization. But later Stirwalt written that he was removed from the network After defending Fox News’s decision desk Arizona’s call for Joe Biden On election night, the first big sign is that Trump will lose his bid for re-election. that launched a backlash against the network by Trump and his supporters.
Stirwalt is now NewsNation’s political editor.
Several members of the House were in the gallery to watch Monday’s proceedings, including Rep. Madeleine Dean (D-PA) and Rep. GK Butterfield (D-NC). The hearing is taking place in the plush Cannon Caucus Room, the room lined with Corinthian pilasters, illuminated by TV lights installed in ornately molded ceilings.