January 6 committee taps former ABC News president for primetime: report

January 6 committee taps former ABC News president for primetime: report

  • The Jan. 6 House Select Committee is working with a former ABC News executive, per Axios.
  • They chose James Goldston, who served as president of the news division from 2014 to 2021.
  • Goldston would produce Thursday night’s presentation as an informal adviser.

Former ABC News Chairman James Goldston is working with the House Jan. 6 Select Committee as an informal adviser to craft their initial findings at a hearing scheduled for prime-time viewers on Thursday evening, according to Axios.

Goldston, who was the helm of ABC News from 2014 to 2021, has been tasked with tailoring the first audience for a wider audience that will tune in beginning at 8 p.m. ET Thursday, Axios reported. Normally, congressional hearings begin during regular business hours, although there are exceptions to this rule.

Although not an official committee staff member, Goldston produced the presentation “as if it were a blockbuster special investigation”, according to Axios’ Mike Allen.

Goldston’s other major roles at ABC were on the shows “20/20”, “Nightline”, and “Good Morning America”.

Over the past year, the House committee conducted more than 1,000 private interviews and reviewed more than 125,000 records, with some of those findings leaked to the press. More recently, Politico reported on testimony from a former White House aide to Trump who said he saw then-White House chief of staff Mark Meadows burn documents after meeting with a member of the Congress that sought to help overturn the 2020 election results.

The committee is expected to release never-before-seen footage from the day of the uprising as well as pre-recorded interviews, including with some members of the Trump family.

They also have official White House photographs from the day that have never been seen publicly before, according to the Axios report.

Thursday will mark the first formal findings of the committee investigating the origins of the Capitol siege and ways to prevent such an event from happening again in the future during the country’s peaceful transition of power.

In total, the House panel plans to hold six hearings in June, though more sessions are possible if warranted, Rep. Bennie Thompson, the committee’s chairman, told Insider on Friday.

“If there’s something we think has value that a hearing could amplify, we’re more than willing to do that,” Thompson, a Democrat from Mississippi, said in an interview. “It’s our democracy that stands to lose if we don’t do things right.”

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