Rep. Bennie Thompson, the head of the House committee investigating the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, announced on Tuesday that he had tested positive for the coronavirus and was exhibiting "moderate symptoms."
Two days before his panel's final scheduled hearing, which would have focused on what former President Donald Trump was doing during the incident, Thompson revealed the favourable outcome.
Although Chairman Thompson is dissatisfied with his COVID diagnosis, he has given the select committee the go-ahead to hold the hearing on Thursday night.
The chairman is being wished a swift recovery by the committee members and staff, according to panel spokesperson Tim Mulvey.
A person familiar with the proceedings told NBC News that former National Security Council member Matthew Pottinger and former deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews will both give public testimony during the hearing. In the wake of the Capitol violence, both of them resigned.
Thompson claimed that on Monday, he had tested positive for the virus.
Thank goodness, I am properly immunised and boosted," Thompson remarked. He continued, "I urge everyone in America to be immunised and keep to the rules to stay safe.