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Fri Jul 9, 2021, 04:23 PM

Police testimony will lead off panel's first Jan. 6 hearing

Source: Associated Press

Police testimony will lead off panel’s first Jan. 6 hearing

By MARY CLARE JALONICK and PADMANANDA RAMA
July 9, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — A new House committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol is expected to hold its first public hearing this month with police officers who responded to the attack and custodial staff who cleaned up afterward, chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson said Friday.

Thompson, D-Miss., says the committee hopes to “set the tone” of the investigation by hearing from those first responders, many of whom were brutally beaten and verbally abused by former President Donald Trump’s supporters as they pushed past law enforcement and broke into the Capitol to interrupt the certification of President Joe Biden’s victory.

Referring to the police officers, Thompson told The Associated Press in an interview, “We need to hear how they felt, we need to hear what people who broke into the Capitol said to them.”

He said the members of the panel, who held an initial strategy session this week, want to frame that first hearing so that it is clear that they are serious, and also that they care about “those individuals who either secure the Capitol or clean the Capitol.”

Thompson said the select committee is eyeing the week of July 19 for the hearing, which is likely to be a dramatic curtain-raiser for the new investigation. An increasing number of police officers who responded to the attack, including members of the U.S. Capitol Police and Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department, have lobbied for Congress to launch an independent, bipartisan investigation of the insurrection, but that proposal was blocked by Senate Republicans. The officers have pressured Republicans who have downplayed the violence to listen to their stories, and several watched from the gallery last week as the House voted along party lines to form the select committee.

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Read more: https://apnews.com/article/joe-biden-government-and-politics-police-capitol-siege-013aa60f1905f0a8624aa6ef46fab568

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Fri Jul 9, 2021, 04:38 PM

1. I am both dreading and looking forward to this.

It's going to be gut-wrenching.

I've been working at home since early March of 2019 and I was cut off from a Zoom call that day. I couldn't rejoin the call, and I was waiting for my boss to call me, so I turned CNN on while I waited. This was just as the first reports of the Capitol Building breech were being reported.

My daughter, who lives in Europe, called and we both watched the insurrection unfold on live tv. I will never forget it.

I felt traumatized and I wasn't even there. I can't imagine how tough this is going to be for LEOs, members of Congress, staffers, and other personnel who lived through it.

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