January 6, 2021 has long been anchored in the collective memory of Americans – albeit with different interpretations. A committee is to clarify what happened on the memorable day.

In the committee of inquiry into the attack on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, the first public hearing is scheduled to take place next Thursday. The committee announced this on Twitter.

The goal is “to present the American people with a summary of our findings on the coordinated, multi-stage effort to overturn the 2020 presidential election.” According to earlier information from the committee, a total of eight public hearings were planned. The investigative body in the US House of Representatives is to clarify the background of the attack on the Capitol.

On January 6, 2021, supporters of the then Republican President Donald Trump stormed the seat of parliament in the capital Washington. They wanted to prevent Democrat Joe Biden’s November 2020 election victory from being confirmed. Five people were killed in the attack, including a police officer. Trump had to face impeachment over the attack because he had previously incited his supporters in a speech. At the end of the trial he was acquitted.

Of the nine congressmen on the committee, seven are Democrats and only two are Republicans. The two Republican MPs Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger are proven Trump critics. The House of Representatives is currently controlled by the Democrats. In the congressional elections in November, however, they are threatened with losing their majority to the Republicans. Then the committee of inquiry could be threatened. The panel is therefore under pressure to present results as quickly as possible.