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The Margin: Next Jan. 6 hearing: What time is it, where to stream it for free and what it will cover

The second prime-time Jan. 6 committee public hearing airs on Thursday night, with the bipartisan House panel investigating the 2021 attack on the U.S. Capitol expected to outline what was happening inside the White House on that day during the 187 minutes after former President Donald Trump’s rally at the Ellipse.

Here’s what you need to know about where and when to watch, whether you’ve cut the cord or not, as well as where you can tune in without any political commentary. 

What time does the Jan. 6 hearing start on Thursday?

The eighth hearing, which is the final of the planned summer series of public meetings, will air at 8 p.m. ET and 5 p.m. PT on Thursday.

Where can I stream the hearings live — and for free?

The select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol has streamed every one of its hearings for free on its website and on its YouTube site, and Thursday night’s broadcast will be no exception. It’s free and available to the public on those sites. What’s more, these streams are commercial-free and free from political commentary. Comments have also been turned off on the YouTube page. And C-SPAN, which is free, will also stream Thursday night’s hearing live.

What networks will carry the Jan. 6 hearing? 

Broadcast channels including ABC, CBS, NBC and PBS are expected to air all or portions of the hearings live on Thursday, along with cable news networks like CNN and MSNBC. Check your local listings. 

What can viewers expect from the eighth hearing?

The second prime-time hearing plans to focus on how Trump spent the 187 minutes following the end of his “Stop the Steal” rally at the Ellipse on Jan. 6, leading to his supporters storming the Capitol complex. Witnesses include Democratic Rep. Elaine Luria from Virginia and GOP Rep. Adam Kinzinger from Illinois, who are both military veterans. 

Where can I watch the previous hearings? 

If you missed any of the previous public Jan. 6 committee hearings, you can also watch them on the select committee’s website or via its YouTube account.

What happens next? 

The panel plans to release a “scaled-back” preliminary report, likely in September. That’s when the select committee had originally been planning to put out a full report on its findings. But Rep. Bennie Thompson, the Mississippi Democrat who leads the committee, recently told reporters that they have received so much new evidence as these hearings have unfolded that they’ve had to shift their timeline.

This also means that Thursday night’s hearing probably won’t be the final one. “We’re just getting a significant amount of information we didn’t have access to, and so because of that … we can’t meet what we felt was an optimistic timeline,” Thompson said, such as the recent subpoena of the Secret Service for failing to keep text messages on agents’ phones in the days surrounding the Jan. 6, 2021 attack. Future hearings will probably be one-offs based on new information, the way Cassidy Hutchinson’s testimony added a surprise hearing to the schedule over the summer, as opposed to a second series of hearings.

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