J6 committee chair tests positive for COVID

J6 committee chair tests positive for COVID
Bennie Thompson official portrait

Chairman Bennie Thompson, who heads the U.S. House Select Committee on the January 6 Attack, announced Tuesday morning he has tested positive for COVID-19. The Committee promised Thursday evening’s primetime hearing will continue as scheduled, but without him appearing in person.

“I tested positive for COVID-19 yesterday, and I am experiencing mild symptoms,” the Mississippi Democrat said on Twitter. “Gratefully, I am fully vaccinated and boosted. I encourage each person in America to get vaccinated and continue to follow the guidelines to remain safe.”

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Separately, the Committee issued a statement saying, “While Chairman Thompson is disappointed with his COVID diagnosis, he has instructed the Select Committee to proceed with Thursday evening’s hearing. Committee members and staff wish the Chairman a speedy recovery.”

Thursday’s primetime hearing, the ninth and final one scheduled, is expected to be a blockbuster culmination focusing on Donald Trump’s activities during the January 6 insurrection.

Monday night Thompson spoke with reporters to outline additional plans for the Committee’s work, including a scaled-down report in the fall, and a final report before year’s end. Two additional public hearings will be held, one after each report.

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