January 6 Select Committee Hearings Begin

Headline Roundup July 27th, 2021

On Tuesday, the House Select Committee will hold its first congressional hearing on the January 6 Capitol riot.  Four police witnesses, two of whom are U.S. Capitol Police officers, will testify about what happened that day.

The committee, after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's rejection of two Republican recommendations, will consist of only two Republicans — Congresswoman Liz Cheney (R-Wy.) and Congressman Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.). Many Republicans are denouncing the investigation as politically motivated and partisan; Democrats aim to showcase the extreme right-wing and the violence that occurred.

From the Left
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Democrats are launching their investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection Tuesday with a focus on the law enforcement officers who were attacked and beaten as the rioters broke into the building — an effort to put a human face on the violence of the day.

The police officers who are scheduled to testify endured some of the worst of the brutality. They were punched, trampled, crushed and sprayed with chemical irritants. They were called racial slurs and threatened with their own weapons as the mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters overwhelmed them,...

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US House, January 6 Commission, Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger

Four police officers who worked to defend the U.S. Capitol from a mob of then-President Donald Trump's supporters are due to testify on Tuesday at the first hearing before a congressional committee investigating the deadly Jan. 6 riot.

The House of Representatives Committee was formed after Senate Republicans blocked the creation of an independent commission to investigate the attack. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, named the committee's members.

Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell, officers with the U.S. Capitol police, and Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges, officers with the District...

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The Jan. 6 select committee tasked with investigating the Capitol riot could be a last hurrah of sorts for the two most outspoken critics of former President Donald Trump in the House Republican conference.

Wyoming Rep. Liz Cheney faces a smattering of primary opponents for her at-large district who are outraged at her turn away from Trump. The former president is determined to crown a queen-slayer.

Illinois Rep. Adam Kinzinger also has a few Republican primary challengers. The more serious threat to his seat is Illinois’s redistricting process that could draw new...

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