Thank you very a lot, Chairman Thompson. Thank you to all of my colleagues on this committee, and thanks to every of the witnesses showing before us right this moment. It is due to you — you held the line, you defended all of us, you defended the Capitol, and also you defended the (*6*) and our Republic, and each American owes you our timeless gratitude. Every American, I hope, will be capable to hear your testimony right this moment and can watch the movies. The movies present the unbelievable violence and the inexcusable and insupportable cruelty that you simply all confronted, and other people must know the fact.

I need to start by reflecting briefly on the investigation that we’re launching right this moment. Every one among us right here on the dais voted for and would have most well-liked that these issues be investigated by an unbiased non-partisan fee, composed of 5 distinguished Americans chosen by every social gathering, and modeled on the 9/11 Commission. Although such a fee was opposed by my very own management in the House, it overwhelmingly handed with the assist of 35 Republican members, it was defeated by Republicans in the Senate. And that leaves us the place we’re right this moment.

We can not depart the violence of January sixth — and its causes — uninvestigated. The American folks deserve the full and open testimony of each particular person with information of the planning and preparation for January sixth. We should know what occurred right here at the Capitol. We should additionally know what occurred each minute of that day in the White House — each telephone name, each dialog, each assembly main as much as, throughout, and after the assault. Honorable women and men have an obligation to step ahead. If these accountable are usually not held accountable, and if Congress doesn’t act responsibly, it will stay a most cancers on our Constitutional Republic, undermining the peaceable switch of energy at the coronary heart of our democratic system. We will face the risk of extra violence in the months to return, and one other January sixth each 4 years.

I’ve been a conservative Republican since 1984 once I first voted for Ronald Reagan. I’ve disagreed sharply on coverage and politics with virtually each Democratic member of this committee. But, in the finish, we’re one nation underneath God. The Framers of our (*6*) acknowledged the hazard of the vicious factionalism of partisan politics — and so they knew that our every day arguments may grow to be so fierce that we’d lose observe of our most necessary obligation — to defend the rule of regulation and the freedom of all Americans. That is why our Framers compelled every of us to swear a solemn oath to protect and defend the (*6*). When a risk to our constitutional order arises, because it has right here, we’re obligated to rise above politics. This investigation should be non-partisan.

While we start right this moment by taking the public testimony of those 4 heroic males, we should additionally notice that the activity of this committee would require persistence. We should problem and implement subpoenas promptly. We should get to goal fact. We should overcome the many efforts we’re already seeing to cowl up and obscure the details.

On January sixth and in the days thereafter, virtually all members of my social gathering acknowledged the occasions of that day for what they really had been. One Republican, for instance, stated: “What is happening at the U.S. Capitol right now is unacceptable and un-American. Those participating in lawlessness and violence must be arrested and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.” No Member of Congress ought to now try and defend the indefensible, hinder this investigation, or whitewash what occurred that day. We should act with honor and responsibility, and in the curiosity of our nation.

America is nice as a result of we protect our democratic establishments in any respect prices. Until January sixth, we had been proof optimistic for the world {that a} nation conceived in liberty may lengthy endure. But now, January sixth threatens our most sacred legacy. The query for each one among us who serves in Congress, for each elected official throughout this nice nation, certainly, for each American is that this: Will we adhere to the rule of regulation? Will we respect the rulings of our courts? Will we protect the peaceable transition of energy? Or will we be so blinded by partisanship that we throw away the miracle of America? Do we hate our political adversaries greater than we love our nation and revere our (*6*)? I pray that that isn’t the case. I pray that all of us keep in mind, our youngsters are watching, as we feature out this solemn and sacred responsibility entrusted to us. Our kids will know who stood for fact, and they’ll inherit the nation we hand to them — a Republic, if we are able to maintain it.

Thank you, Mr. Chairman. I yield again.