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Jan 6 hearing still on despite chairman Bennie Thompson testing positive for Covid

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The House select committee investigating the Capitol Riot on January 6 will proceed with its primetime hearing despite Chairman Bennie Thompson testing positive for Covid-19.

Spokesman Tim Mulvey said the hearings would proceed as scheduled.

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

Mr Thompson, who is 74 and also chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, revealed on Tuesday that he had tested positive for Covid-19 and was experiencing mild symptoms.

“Gratefully, I am vaccinated and boosted”, he said. “I am continuing to follow CDC guidelines and will be isolating for the next several days.”

Mr Thompson was on Capitol Hill on Monday during late-evening votes and was videotaped wearing a mask.

The select committee is scheduled to have its second major prime time hearing on Thursday to bookend its investigation.

The next hearing will reportedly be a detailed account of Donald Trump’s actions during the Capitol riot. Representative Elaine Luria, who sits on the committee, told CNN that the hearing would be a “minute by minute…time frame from the time [Donald Trump] left the stage at the Ellipse, came back to the White House and really sat in the White House.”

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