CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. (CBS19 NEWS) -- On Thursday, the House Select Committee held its first hearing on the Jan. 6, 2021 Capitol attacks.

Larry Sabato, from the University of Virginia Center for Politics, said he has watched hundreds of congressional hearings over the years, and this one is by far the most powerful and effective one he's ever seen, topping even historic hearings like Watergate.

He says the point of the hearing isn't about convincing the Americans that aren't watching; it's about proving to the American people that the Jan. 6 attacks were just as bad if not worse than they suspected.

He says investigators have done a good job of this, all while putting former President Donald Trump in the center of it.

“This was planned by Donald Trump and the people around him," said Sabato. "Donald Trump was at the center of this plot to overturn the election and essentially destroy the American republic.”

Sabato also advises people to keep an eye on how the media covers these hearings.

For example, FOX News did not air it on its main channel, to which he says he's disappointed but he's not surprised.

“If you want to criticize a hearing like that you first tell people what was in the hearing, "said Sabato. "That's kind of essential and that wasn't done but it's exactly what one would suspect from a propaganda network and that's what it is, it's propaganda.”

The next hearing will be Monday. While he doesn't know where exactly the hearing will go, Sabato says he hopes that consequences will come for Trump and those at the top that were allegedly involved in planning this attack.