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News updates from the Jan. 6 hearing: Senior DoJ leaders threatened mass resignations to prevent Trump from overturning the election, Cheney’s opening presentations stand out, and Proud Boys and Oath Keepers play central roles

Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson (left) chairs the House of Representatives special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US capital.  Liz Cheney is one of two Republicans on the committee

Democratic Congressman Bennie Thompson (left) chairs the House of Representatives special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US capital. Liz Cheney is one of two Republicans on the AP Committee

The House of Representatives special committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US capital consists of seven Democrats and two Republicans.

It will be chaired by Bennie Thompson, a Democratic congressman from Mississippi, a Capitol Hill veteran who is also chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.

The other members are:

Adam Schiff, a Democrat from California, was first elected to the House of Representatives in 2000. During the first impeachment trial in the Senate of then-President Donald Trump, he rose to national prominence as a House prosecutor. He is also Chairman of the House Intelligence Committee.

Zoe Lofgren, a Democrat from Northern California, has been a member of the House of Representatives since 1995. She served on the House Judiciary Committee on Trump’s impeachment and on former President Bill Clinton’s 1998 hearing.

Elaine Luria, a Democrat from Virginia, spent two decades in the US Navy before running for Congress. She serves as the representative of the Second District of Virginia, which includes the US Navy’s largest base in Norfolk.

Peter Aguilar, a Democrat from California, is a member of the party leadership in the House of Representatives as vice chairman of the Democratic faction. Aguilar was mayor of Redlands, California before being elected to the House of Representatives in 2014.

Stephanie Murphy, a Florida Democrat, represents the state’s Seventh Circuit in Orlando. A former Pentagon employee who is considered a leading moderate member of Congress recently announced that she will not run for re-election this year.

Jamie Raskin, a Maryland Democrat, is a Harvard Law graduate who led the congressional prosecution team during former President Donald Trump’s second impeachment.

Liz Cheney, the leading Republican on the panel who has been scathingly attacked by her party’s pro-Trump wing for taking part in the trial. The Wyoming lawmaker and daughter of former Vice President Dick Cheney was one of just 10 Republicans who voted to impeach Trump over his role in the attack on the US Capitol.

Adam Kinzinger, the Illinois Republican lawmaker who joined Cheney in voting to impeach Trump for his role in instigating the attack on the Capitol. Like Cheney, he has become an outcast within the Republican faction in the House of Representatives and will not run for re-election this fall.

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