The hearing on the January 6 Capitol riot kicked off with four police officers, who defended against the invading mob, beginning their testimony by blaming former President Donald Trump and his GOP loyalists.
On Tuesday, speaking before the House select committee members, four police officers commented on the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. A mob of protesters invaded the building.
“I need you guys to address if anyone in power had a role in this,” said Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) Officer Daniel Hodges. “If anyone in power coordinated, or aided abetted or tried to downplay, tried to prevent the investigation of this terrorist attack.”
“It’s not a secret that it was political,” said USCP Private First Class Harry Dunn. “They were there to ‘stop the steal.'”
“The mob of terrorists was coordinating their efforts… shouting ‘heave, ho,’ as they synchronized pushing their weight forward, crushing me further against the metal doorframe,” Hodges described. “A man in front of me grabbed my baton… he bashed me in the head and face with it, rupturing my lip and adding additional injury to my skull.”
He emphasized that the mob “[it was] was not Antifa,” said Sergeant Aquilino Gonell of the U.S. Capitol Police (USCP). “It was not Black Lives Matter. It was not the FBI. It was [Trump’s] supporters that he sent them over to the Capitol that day.”
“[I was] electrocuted again and again and again with a taser,” said MPD Officer Michael Fanon. “I am sure I was screaming, but I don’t think I could hear my own voice.”
Before the hearing, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) blocked two Republican appointees to the committee, representatives Jim Banks of Indiana and Jim Jordan of Ohio, for them being too closely aligned with Trump.
The move prompted House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to pull his other three nominees, The Hill reported.
In their place, Pelosi appointed Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.), and Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), the only two Republicans on the committee, both known for being Trump opponents.
As a result, the officers faced no hostile questioners or opposing voices to their testimony, Fox reported.
“The American people deserve the full and open testimony of every person with knowledge of the planning and preparation for Jan. 6,” Rep. Cheney said during her opening remarks, The Hill reported. “We must also know what happened every minute of that day in the White House — every phone call, every conversation, every meeting leading up to, during and after the attack. Honorable men and women have an obligation to step forward.”
“If those responsible are not held accountable, and if Congress does not act responsibly, this will remain a cancer on our constitutional Republic, undermining the peaceful transfer of power at the heart of our democratic system,” Cheney continued. “We must issue and enforce subpoenas promptly. We must get to the objective truth. We must overcome the many efforts we already see to cover up and obscure the facts.”