Panel probing U.S. Capitol attack to hold July 21 prime-time hearing

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By Moira Warburton

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol announced on Friday that it will hold a hearing at 8 p.m. EDT on Thursday, July 21.

The hearing, which is aimed at reaching a broad U.S. television audience during prime viewing hours, will be the eighth and final scheduled public one to take place, although the committee has suggested it could hold more in August.

Some committee members, including Republican U.S. Representative Liz Cheney, have argued that former President Donald Trump should be held criminally liable for allegedly encouraging the attack on the Capitol by his supporters, in which several people died.

The hearing is expected to be led by Democratic Representative Elaine Luria and Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger. It will focus on Trump's actions on Jan. 6, specifically between his departure from the rally that preceded the attack on the Capitol and his eventual call for rioters to return home three hours later.

(Reporting by Moira Warburton and Tim Ahmann; Writing by Katharine Jackson; Editing by Andy Sullivan, Leslie Adler and Paul Simao)

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