The January 6 House Select Committee will postpone the hearing scheduled for Wednesday due to Hurricane Ian, The Independent has learned.
A source with knowledge of the panel’s internal deliberations said the postponement of what would be the committee’s ninth public session will allow one of the nine members of the select committee, Representative Stephanie Murphy, to handle any issues that arise. in his district of Florida due to the approaching storm.
In a statement released Tuesday afternoon, select committee chair Rep. Bennie Thompson and committee vice-chair Rep. Liz Cheney said, “In light of Hurricane Ian hitting parts of Florida, we have decided to postpone tomorrow’s work. We pray for the safety of all who find themselves in the storm’s path.”
They added that the panel’s investigation into the attack on the Capitol is “moving forward” and said they would “soon announce” a date for a rescheduled hearing.
Currently a Category 3 hurricane, Ian is expected to make landfall this week along Florida’s west coast and could cause significant damage to parts of the Sunshine State that haven’t seen a hurricane in about a century.
News of the postponement of the next panel hearing comes just hours after President Joe Biden said his administration was already gearing up to assist Florida authorities in their response to the storm.
Speaking in the White House Rose Garden, Mr Biden warned that experts are calling the storm a storm which could be a “very severe hurricane” with a “deadly and devastating” impact and said he wanted to clarify that his administration is “on alert and in action to help the people of Florida”.
The president said he approved a disaster declaration for Florida ‘immediately after receiving’ a request from Florida Governor Ron DeSantis, and said he had spoken with the mayors of Tampa, St. Petersburg and Clearwater .
“They are focused on keeping their communities safe and they are doing everything they can to get people out of harm’s way,” he said. He added that he told each of the mayors they could contact him directly for “anything they need”.
“I already have a lot of staff there. We are here to support them in any way we can,” he said.
The Independent Gt