August 13, 2022

SELECT COMMITTEE: Hearings to go on as Chairman Bennie Thompson gets COVID

SELECT COMMITTEE: Hearings to go on as Chairman Bennie Thompson gets COVID

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The chair of the Jan. 6 committee, Bennie Thompson, has tested positive for covid. Vaccinated and boosted, Thompson has mild symptoms. A key member of the investigative panel, he announced his diagnosis on Twitter.

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Rep. Thompson says he’ll quarantine for the next few days.

Bennie Thompson has been a key figure in the Jan. 6 televised public hearings, leading the hearings, while also serving as Chair of the House Homeland Security Committee. Spokesman Tim Mulvaney said in a statement:

“While Chairman Thompson is disappointed with his COVID diagnosis, he has instructed the Select Committee to proceed with Thursday’s hearing. Committee members and staff wish the Chairman a speedy recovery.”

Other leading Democrats, including Chuck Schumer and Val Demings, have recently tested positive for the virus as well.

Congressman Bennie Thompson (D-MS) has played a pivotal role in the televised Jan. 6 hearings, responsible for the opening, and closing statements before and after public testimony. His passion and commitment to holding accountable those who contributed to the violence on the day the insurrection took place are evident.

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Thursday’s testimony is reported to focus on the over three hours that elapsed from Trump’s speech at the Ellipse to his tweet telling his supporters to leave the Capitol, hours that then-President Trump did nothing to prevent his supporters from breaching the Capitol building,

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Almost a year ago, in July 2021, Rep. Bennie Thompson applauded the testimony of law enforcement officials who kept their oath on Jan. 6th and defended the Capitol.

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The committee has said they’ll proceed as scheduled, with the next televised hearing taking place on Thursday.

Rep. Thompson, along with the two Republicans on the panel – Rep. Adam Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) – have exposed Trump’s plot to hold onto power and illegally remain in the White House.

Testimony from Trump’s inner circle and staffers in the West Wing have backed up accounts of the ex-president’s attempts to execute his coup.

We wish the congressman from Mississippi a full and speedy recovery.

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Ty Ross

News journalist for Washington Press and Occupy Democrats.

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