The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol postponed a public hearing scheduled for Wednesday, citing a major hurricane expected to make landfall on Florida’s Gulf Coast.
“In light of Hurricane Ian sweeping through parts of Florida, we have decided to postpone proceedings for tomorrow,” wrote panel chair Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and vice chair Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., in a statement Tuesday. “We are praying for the safety of everyone in the storm’s path. The select committee’s investigation continues and we will announce a date for the postponed proceeding soon.”
Panel leaders did not immediately provide a new date for the hearing, which would have been the first in about two months.
After hitting Cuba early Tuesday, the hurricane was gaining strength as it tracked toward Florida. It is expected to make landfall in the city of Venice as a Category 3 hurricane on Wednesday, according to Florida officials who provided an update at a news conference Tuesday.
The House panel announced last week that it planned to hold its next public hearing Wednesday at 1 p.m., the latest installment in its televised effort to map the case that last year’s attack on the Capitol stemmed from of then-President Donald Trump’s attempts to overturn the 2020 election results.
The postponement of the September 28 hearing comes just over a month before the midterm elections.