House Republicans on Tuesday morning began calling the next inaugural hearing of the Chamber’s investigation on Jan. 11. 6. The attack on the Capitol was a “artificial” and a “political charade.” After it was over in the beforetime afternoon, they gave myriad reasons as to why they disagreed with the shocking testimony given by four police officers who defended the US Capitol that day against a crowd of President Donald Trump supporters.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said he was “booked at all these distinct meetings”.
re come back. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) told reporters he is bound to a committee hearing.
Republican convention chair Elise Stefanik, who rose to office following her predecessor was fired for criticizing Trump’s role in the attack, declined to say if she witnessed it.
re come back. Matthew M. Rosendal (R-Mont.) said he actually saw — but only the opening statement from the MP. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo), who joined the committee in defiance of her party, not the testimony of officers.
“I was very disappointed,” he told ABC News.
[Police officers deliver emotional testimony about violent day at Capitol]
The obvious lack of interest in knowing the details of the attack prompted by the party chief which included calls to find and hang the vice president was all the more intriguing given the dramatic testimony from the four police officers about the threat posed by the assailants they described as “terrorists”. Seeking to overthrow democracy.
Republicans have consistently opposed the creation of a exceptional commission or commission to investigate the disobedient who tried to forbid Congress from certifying the results of the 2020 presidential election by storming the halls of Congress, threatening the safety of evacuated lawmakers to safe locations.
But their reasoning vacillates between warnings that it would be too partisan, as it would hinder law enforcement investigations, to that it should also consider violence at racial justice protests in several cities final summer.
The struggle to explain their near-exhaustive opposition to Congress examining the causes and ramifications of the rebellion left the party begin to accusations that it was avoiding a thorough investigation of the worst attack on the Capitol since the War of 1812 because of it. It is related to Trump’s incorrect claims about the elections and the political hurt that the 2022 midterm elections could do.
On Tuesday, test-taking officers expressed disgust at the attempt by many Republicans to downplay the seriousness of the attack.
“I feel like I went to hell and came back to protect them, and many of them are in this room . . . now tell me that hell doesn’t exist or that hell wasn’t actually that bad,” said Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanon, who suffered a heart attack and concussion from the beatings. He was stunned with a stun gun by the rioters, while slamming his fist on the podium. “The indifference shown to my colleagues is shameful.”
Other officers made it clear that they held Trump partial responsibility for the attack and for what they described as the indulgence of rioters.
“To me, that’s an insult, it’s just demoralizing because of everything we’ve done to forbid everyone on the Capitol from getting hurt,” said the Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gunnel. “And what he was doing, instead of sending the army, instead of sending support or telling his people and his supporters to quit this nonsense, he begged them to preserve fighting.”
“I’m still recovering from those hugs and kisses on that day he claimed,” Gunnell added.
He said the Jan. 3 6 mob told him repeatedly that “Trump sent us.”
[Heroes on Jan. 6, law officers became truth seekers about who was responsible for the Capitol attacks]
Republican leaders focused most of their comments on Tuesday on trying to blame House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) for the events of January 11. 6, she said she was responsible for the officers’ unwillingness to respond to the pro-Trump mob.
“January 6 should never have happened,” McCarthy said at a news conference outside the Capitol. “We had to be prepared for the officers and be prepared for them, and make sure they got the training and equipment they needed.”
McCarthy and other House GOP leaders targeted Pelosi to remove her from the committee’s select representatives. McCarthy Jordan and Jim Banks (India), two of the five Republican members, were selected. McCarthy later withdrew his other three picks in protest. McCarthy suggested that the two were removed because they wanted to explore the role of the spokesperson’s office in the security breakdown.
He said Pelosi would only join the committee people who “will ask the questions you want to ask.”
The Capitol Police Board controls security at the Capitol. in january. 6, the Board of Directors consisted of the House Sergeant, Paul D. Irving, who was appointed under House Speaker John A. 2018 when Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Kentucky) was the majority leader.
McCarthy did not say whether he felt McConnell had also failed to protect the Capitol in his role as Senate leader at the time.
He later tweeted a list of questions that he said “Pelosi’s moot committee won’t answer.”
“Why did he leave the Capitol so weak that day? Why wasn’t the National Guard here? Why didn’t we have a better security situation? What changes are needed to make sure that doesn’t happen again?” he wrote
But McCarthy’s comments ignored the fact that many of the questions he raised about the security of the Capitol would have been addressed by an self-reliant commission similar to the one established to investigate 9/11. 11 attacks he and many Republicans opposed despite being the product of a deal between bipartisan leaders on the House Homeland Security Committee. Nor is it clear that the Select Committee will not address these questions as part of its investigation.
House Republicans said they plan to conduct their own parallel investigation on Jan. 3. 6, but it is unclear what they will do. McCarthy did not provide further details about the timing or structure of the investigation on Tuesday.
[Capitol Police had intelligence indicating an armed invasion weeks prior Jan. 6 riot, Senate probe finds]
Some members of the McCarthy conference seemed indifferent to the idea of pursuing their own investigations and ignored police officers’ condemnation of lawmakers who downplayed the events of January 3rd. 6.
“I don’t know of anyone who has tried to downplay that, other than grossly exaggerating, you know, the worst attack on democracy since the Civil War,” the MP said. Louie Gohmert (R-Tex.), who downplayed the severity of the attack.
Johart joined other Republican lawmakers, including Representatives. Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia and Matt Gates of Florida, at a news conference outside the Justice Department on Tuesday as they attempted to invoke what they claimed was the unfair treatment of defendants in custody following the attack on the US Capitol. They accused the administration of withholding information about the conditions of detention and treating the defendants unfairly.
The press conference ended quickly because of the teasers.
Many Republicans expressed anger at Cheney and the Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Illinois) for backlash by opposing Trump and accepting Pelosi on the committee against the wishes of the leadership.
Inside the House Republicans’ weekly meeting, the far-right wing of McCarthy’s party bloc began debating ways to punish Cheney and Kinzinger.
re come back. Andy Biggs (R-Arizona), a member of the House Liberty Caucus, stood up and offered a rule change that would not allow any Republican to formally persevere to the convention if he agrees to the committee’s nominations of Democrats, according to three Republicans familiar with the meeting.
Biggs’ proposal, if adopted, would expel Cheney and Kinzinger from the convention, withdrawing the committee’s duties and other assignments that come through that membership.
McCarthy indicated that Cheney could confront some punishment for his work with Pelosi on the case, but declined to say whether he would actively support such an effort. Bigs’ proposal will be referred to a committee of Republicans for consideration, giving GOP leaders time to allow the matter to be addressed.
Both Cheney and Kinzinger dismissed their Republican critics, saying they were focused on an attack they described as a grave threat to democracy.
Do we loathe our political opponents more than we love our country and sanctify our constitution? “I pray this isn’t the case,” Cheney said during her opening statement. “I pray that we all remember that our children are watching as we perform this sacred and sacred duty entrusted to us. Our children will know who championed the truth and they will inherit a nation. We hand them a republic if we can preserve it.”
[House Republicans oust Cheney for calling out Trump’s incorrect election claims, minimize Jan. 6 attack on Capitol]
Some members of the Republican Party showed little appetite for revenge against Cheney and Kinzinger. re come back. Kelly Armstrong (RN.D), whom McCarthy initially appointed to the select committee, said he did not support expelling them from the convention or stripping his colleagues of committee duties.
“Political sanctions and political consequences come every year on the second Tuesday of November,” Armstrong said. “And I just think they are elected to represent a constituency and have every right to do so.”
Armstrong, along with Rep. Rodney Davis (R-Illinois), was some of the few Republicans who openly sympathized with the police officers who testified on Tuesday and came out in their support. Referring to U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn as a “comrade,” Davis preached to the officers for telling their stories and reminding the American public that “those who wanted to harm our officers and harm people inside the Capitol should be held to the fullest extent of the law to be held accountable for crimes committed.”
The two most senior Republican senators, McConnell and minority whip Jon Thune (SD) said Tuesday that they were both active and didn’t watch the hearing. When asked about the officers’ testimony, they did not engage in the alike hereditary style and shrug off censure as senior House Republicans, but neither men expressed regret for dealing with their party in the aftermath.
McConnell pointed out to reporters his previous statements condemning the riots and Trump’s role in fueling them. “I don’t see how I could have expressed myself more candidly than I did on that occasion, and I stick to everything I said,” he said.
Thune praised the four officers — “I have distinguished respect for what they went through, what they did, what they do, and I think what they say should be taken seriously” — but also blamed Pelosi for politicizing the investigation without answering a interrogate about whether Republicans in The Senate regrets not supporting a bipartisan committee that would have given the appointed Republicans equal representation.
Asked at the hearing what he wanted the commission to accomplish through its investigation, Dunn expressed his belief that people other than the attackers should be held responsible, and likened the mob to the killer.
“If a hitman is hired and kills someone, the hitter goes to jail,” he said. “But not only the killer goes to prison, but the person who hired them does. It was an attack that was carried out on January 3rd. 6 So a hired killer sent them. I want you to get to the base of it,” he said.
Kim Belware, Paul Kane, Mike DeBonis, and Mariana Alfaro contributed to this report.