Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) on Tuesday said the upcoming hearing of the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol will include new, “pretty surprising” material.
The Thursday hearing will not only focus on ties those in former President Donald Trump’s orbit had to extremist groups, Lofgren said, but also look at what the president’s intentions and actions were overall.
“We’re going to be going through, really some of what we’ve already found, but augmenting with new material that we’ve discovered through our work throughout this summer,” Lofgren told CNN’s “Situation Room.”
“It will be worth watching. There’s some new material, you know, that I found as we got into it, pretty surprising,” Lofgren continued.
Pressed to specify who in Trump’s circle was in touch with those far-right organizations, Lofgren offered: “The mob was led by some extremist groups. They plotted in advance what they were going to do and those individuals were known to people in the Trump orbit.”
Outside of the committee, Elmer Stewart Rhodes, the founder of the Oath Keepers extremist group, and four other members are currently on trial on seditious conspiracy charges for their actions related to the Jan. 6 insurrection.
Last week, a former member of the Oath Keepers, testified in court that Rhodes was in touch with a Secret Service agent in the months leading up to the Capitol riot.
Meanwhile, the Jan. 6 committee has received over a million communications exchanged between Secret Service agents before and on Jan. 6, though that information does not include text messages, according to NBC News.
“While no additional text messages were recovered, we have provided a significant level of details from emails, radio transmissions, Microsoft Teams chat messages and exhibits that address aspects of planning, operations and communications surrounding Jan. 6,” Secret Service spokesperson Special Agent Steve Kopek told the outlet.