PBS NewsHour What stands out from Day 2 of Jan. 6 committee hearings

The January 6th Committee will issue its final report today. Days ago, the committee sent criminal referrals to the Department of Justice.

The panel

Guest host Greg Bluestein, @bluestein, senior political reporter, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution

Edward Lindsey, @edlindsey14, former member of Georgia state House

Fred Smith, @fredosmithjr, professor of law, Emory University

Matt Brown, @mrbrownsir, democracy reporter, The Washington Post

Tammy Greer, professor of political science, Clark Atlanta University


The breakdown

1. The January 6th Committee is scheduled to release its final report today.

  • The release comes days after the committee handed criminal referrals for former President Trump and other associates to the Department of Justice.
  • The report will detail the committee's reasoning for recommending specific charges, which are:
    • Obstruction of an official proceeding;
    • Conspiracy to defraud the United States;
    • Conspiracy to make a false statement; and
    • Conspiracy to defraud the U.S. by assisting, aiding or comforting those involved in an insurrection.

LISTEN: Greg Bluestein and Matt Brown on what comes after the January 6th Committee.

2. The House Ways and Means Committee vowed to release Trump's tax returns.

  • The Democrat-led committee alleged that the IRS didn't properly audit the former president during his first two years in office. A probe found that one audit was started but left incomplete.
  • Republican Leader Rep. Kevin Brady warns that the action would only be punitive and sets a negative precedent for the committee.


3. Sen. Raphael Warnock made his first major public appearance on 'CBS This Morning' following his reelection.

LISTEN: Matt Brown on why the conversation around voting access is complicated.

4. Axios reports that Stacey Abrams owns venders more than $1 million.

  • Campaign manager Lauren Groh-Wargo confirmed the story. The Abrams campaign similarly almost ran out of money in 2018.
  • Staffers allege that while compensation was high, their paychecks were cut off one week before the election.
  • Abrams raised almost $100 million, but her ad budget was slashed towards the end. Money went towards a rental home that served as a campaign headquarters and was meant to be a "hype house" for viral marketing on services like TikTok.

LISTEN: Matt Brown on the direction for Democrats in Georgia.

Thursday on Political Rewind: GPB's Stephen Fowler joins us for the last live show of 2022!