Today, following a rare evening congressional hearing in which members of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol blamed that day’s violence squarely on former president Donald Trump, the panel is planning additional high-profile hearings starting next week. Topics will include how Trump sought to pressure Vice President Mike Pence to halt or delay the electoral certification of Joe Biden’s win and other ways in which Trump sought to use his powers to overturn the presidential election results.
Meanwhile, President Biden continues to be in Los Angeles hosting the Summit of the Americas, a gathering of Western Hemisphere nations. Biden also plans an event focused on inflation, an issue that has dogged his presidency. The government reported Friday that inflation in May climbed 8.6 percent, compared to the year before, and remained at the highest level in 40 years.