LISA MASCARO, MARY CLARE JALONICK, FARNOUSH AMIRI and KEVIN FREKING

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Jan. 6, 2021 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol played out for the world to see. But the House committee investigating the attack believes a more chilling story has yet to be told.

The 1/6 committee expects Thursday's prime-time hearing to begin to show that American democracy was put at grave risk.

It will reconstruct how the then-president, Donald Trump for two more weeks, refused to concede the 2020 election, spread false claims of voter fraud and orchestrated an unprecedented campaign to overturn Joe Biden's victory.

The public hearings may not change opinions in polarized America. But the committee's year-long investigation is intended to stand as a public record for history.

Meanwhile, the nine members of the committee find themselves on diverging political paths as each prepares for a defining moment in their careers as the series of public hearings begins.

The panel came together last summer from various political backgrounds united in a mission to provide the most comprehensive report of the attack and Trump's role in it.

But some committee members have decided to leave Congress after this year. A few are eying leadership posts. And one lawmaker is even pondering a 2024 presidential run.