Police testify in Jan. 6 select committee hearing on insurrection


The House select committee investigating the lethal pro-Trump invasion of the U.S. Capitol will kick off its first hearing Tuesday with testimony from 4 legislation enforcement officers who responded to the tried insurrection on Jan. 6.

U.S. Capitol Police officer Sgt. Aquilino Gonell, DC Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone, DC Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges and U.S. Capitol Police officer Harry Dunn are sworn-in earlier than testifying earlier than the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 assault on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2021.

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Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., will give opening statements in the beginning of the hearing on Capitol Hill.

Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, each vocal critics of former President Donald Trump, are at present the one Republicans on the nine-member panel. Cheney was stripped of her management function after she refused to cease criticizing Trump for spreading the lie that the 2020 election was rigged to favor President Joe Biden.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., submitted 5 Republicans to be added to the select committee, however withdrew all their names after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., rejected two of his picks.

McCarthy and different Republicans — together with Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, whom Pelosi vetoed from serving on the panel — have started suggesting that Pelosi may in some way be responsible for the occasions of Jan. 6.

“It’s unfortunate we start with a committee chair who will tell us, ‘Everything’s on the table, except for the speaker’s office,'” McCarthy mentioned Tuesday morning.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks to the media with members of the House Republican caucus earlier than opening hearing of the House (Select) Committee on the Investigation of the January sixth Attack on the U.S. Capitol, on Capitol Hill in Washington, U.S., July 27, 2021.

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Ahead of the hearing, Cheney advised ABC News, “There are some in my party, including Leader McCarthy, who continue to act as though this is about partisan politics.”

“I think it’s really sad, I think it’s a disgrace,” she mentioned.

Cheney has beforehand instructed that considered one of McCarthy’s rejected picks for the panel, Jim Jordan of Ohio, could also be a cloth witness in the probe.

In the interview with ABC, Cheney additionally declined to rule out the prospect of McCarthy or Trump being subpoenaed. “The committee will go wherever it needs to go to get to the facts,” she mentioned.

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