Media Tip Sheet: January 6th Committee Hearing on October 13, 2022

October 12, 2022

The U.S. House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol will hold what may be its final public hearing tomorrow. The hearing will present new evidence showing former President Donald Trump was repeatedly warned that violence could ensue after his “Stop the Steal” rally, but pressed on anyway. The committee is also expected to focus on the role of top Trump advisers in the efforts to overturn the 2020 election and the ongoing threats facing our democracy.

George Washington University faculty experts are available to provide insight, context, and commentary before and after the hearing. To schedule an interview with a GW expert, contact GW Media Relations at [email protected].

Todd Belt, director of the Political Management master’s program at the GW Graduate School of Political Management, is an expert on the presidency and political media coverage. He is also able to provide general commentary and reaction to the hearings.

Casey Burgat, director of the Legislative Affairs master’s program at the GW Graduate School of Political Management, is an expert on Congress who can offer in-depth insight on the committee itself. He can discuss the political dynamics within the bipartisan panel, the powers the Committee possesses, and the processes and procedures it follows.

Peter Loge, an associate professor of media and public affairs and director of the Project on Ethics in Political Communication, boasts three decades of experience in government, campaigns, and political strategy and communications. He can discuss the Committee’s media strategy and tactics and offer his opinion on the threat to democracy that the Committee seeks to expose.

Stephen Saltzburg is a professor of law and former Department of Justice official. He can explore the legal implications of the Committee’s investigation and the potential criminal liability the key players in the plot to overturn the 2020 election could face.