Ex-ABC president producing Jan. 6 hearing like 'blockbuster investigative special': report

He reportedly has access to never-before-seen photographs from Jan. 6

Published: June 6, 2022 4:48pm

Updated: June 6, 2022 5:09pm

Former ABC News President James Goldston is creating a "captivating multimedia presentation" for the House Jan. 6 Committee hearing this Thursday, Axios reports.

Goldston, who ran "Good Morning America" and "Nightline," has become an unannounced adviser for the Democratic-led panel, sources told the outlet.

"I'm told Goldston is busily producing Thursday's 8 p.m. ET hearing as if it were a blockbuster investigative special," Axios AM author Mike Allen wrote on Monday. "He plans to make it raw enough so that skeptical journalists will find the material fresh, and chew over the disclosures in future coverage."

The former ABC executive reportedly plans on using a mixture of videos and live witnesses for the hearing, with the goal of captivating Americans who have not followed the House probe.  

Goldston also reportedly has access to official White House photographs from Jan. 6 that have not been publicly released yet.

He also may use Capitol surveillance footage from the riot, since only a fraction has been released so far, as well as some clips from the committee's depositions.

The first Jan. 6 committee hearing will replace primetime news shows, including ABC's David Muir and CBS' Norah O'Donnell, while NBC is expected to announce its plans shortly.

Republicans are preparing their counterattack against the Democrat's narrative about the Jan. 6 riot.

"We’re working very closely with President Trump and his team with Leader Kevin McCarthy, with Jim Jordan, and really all of the House Republicans will be pushing back in a rapid response fashion," GOP New York Rep. Elise Stefanik said Saturday.

"You will see us all over the airwaves, we will be setting the record straight. We will be telling the truth to the American people sharing the facts and also really pointing out how unprecedented and unconstitutional and illegitimate this committee is," she explained.

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