Tomorrow I’ll be testifying before congress, and while I don’t think I’m nervous, I am definitely anxious. It will be televised so please tune in and support if you are able to.
Additionally I am soliciting your good vibes!!! Thanks in advance pic.twitter.com/D89uxfgmk6
— Harry A Dunn (@libradunn) July 26, 2021
Due to start at 9:30am EDT, per CBS: (warning — graphic descriptions of the officers’ injuries)
The House Select Committee investigating the January 6 Capitol riot will hold its first hearing Tuesday, with testimony from law enforcement officers who defended the building that day.
Officers were severely outnumbered, and CBS News has reported that, in total, more than 150 officers were injured during the attack.
The impact persists: Months after the attack, at least 17 police officers remained out of work with injuries sustained on January 6, and some have described ongoing psychological trauma. Two officers died after the assault.
The committee has called four officers to testify Tuesday, all of whom have been vocal about the violence they experienced. The committee said they would deliver testimony in their personal capacities, not representing their departments…
Capitol Police Private First Class Harry Dunn, who is also scheduled to testify Tuesday, said he was assaulted and called slurs during the mob attack, which occurred after President Donald Trump’s “Stop the Steal” rally.
Dunn joined Fanone at the meeting with McCarthy last month. He said, “We did ask for some commitments to take the special Select Committee seriously. I think we all want the same thing, ultimately, but how we go about getting it, I guess is where the hiccup is.”…
Mark July 27, 2021 as the first day we will officially begin to hear the truth of Jan.6, 2021. We will learn what role Republicans led by Donald J. Trump played in using deadly force in an attempt to overthrow the US Government.
— Rob Reiner (@robreiner) July 26, 2021
The Washington Post Editorial Board is calling on the Jan. 6 Committee to subpoena Mark Meadows, Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump, as well as to compel testimony from Kevin McCarthy, Tommy Tuberville, Mo Brooks and possibly Jim Jordan about Trump’s motives. https://t.co/RqxJjslhhf
— James Hohmann (@jameshohmann) July 26, 2021
Chairman Bennie Thompson:
Opinion: We have started investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol. Nothing will be off-limits. https://t.co/Bi4AXWCY5B
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 27, 2021
It’s up to Democratic Rep. Bennie Thompson, chairman of the new Jan. 6 panel, to try to untangle the events of a violent insurrection that many House Republicans increasingly downplay and deny. https://t.co/Od94Dy7gJ7
— AP Politics (@AP_Politics) July 26, 2021
… As the longtime chairman of the Homeland Security Committee, Thompson is accustomed to dealing with grave matters of national security. But his stewardship of the Jan. 6 panel will be a test unlike any other, as he tries to untangle the events of a violent insurrection that many House Republicans increasingly play down and deny.
“We have to get it right,” Thompson said. If the committee can find ways to prevent anything like it from happening again, “then I would have made what I think is the most valuable contribution to this great democracy.”
Thompson, 73, is a liberal fixture in Congress and longtime champion of civil rights, the only Democrat in the Mississippi delegation, hailing from a majority-black district in the state’s western half. He has avoided the limelight during his more than 15 years on the Homeland Security Committee, notching achievements with careful bipartisan outreach.
Several Democrats and Republicans said Thompson was the right choice to lead an investigation that is certain to be partisan and fraught.
“I’ve dealt with Bennie for 15 years, and we disagreed on a lot, but I don’t think there was ever a harsh word between us,” says former Republican Rep. Pete King of New York, who was the chairman and top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee for years opposite Thompson. “Bennie is low key, he manages his side well. He was a good guy to work with. He was strong and knew what he wanted, but there was very little drama.”
New York Rep. John Katko, who is now the top Republican on the Homeland Security Committee, gave a similar assessment. Thompson is “a good man, a patriotic American” and a “productive partner,” Katko said in statement.
Pelosi chose Thompson as chairman after he crafted legislation with Katko that would have created an independent, bipartisan commission to investigate the Jan. 6 attack. That bill won almost three dozen Republican votes in the House only to flame out in the Senate, where the opposition of Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell was decisive…
Trump is blaming Nancy Pelosi for the National Guard not being at the Capitol on 1/6, which makes perfect sense as long as you don’t think about how the President of the United States has sole authority over the DC National Guard.
— Angry Staffer (@Angry_Staffer) July 27, 2021
Opinion: The real reason Republicans want to sabotage the investigation into Jan. 6 https://t.co/wR7aiV1sz7
— The Washington Post (@washingtonpost) July 26, 2021
When the House select committee exploring the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol begins its investigation Tuesday, it will have to do more than just gather and synthesize information about the insurrection. It will also have to fight every day to defend the investigation itself, against a party determined to discredit it, to spread disinformation and to prevent any real accounting…
… What Republicans really don’t want to see illuminated is not just what happened that awful day, but the forces that produced it — the same forces that still threaten the stability of our democracy.
That’s because they see those forces — the anger and hatred, the rejection of the American system of resolving differences, the celebration of violence as a means of achieving political ends, the way social media has become such a potent instrument to spread and organize extremism — not as problems to be solved but as resources for achieving their own political goals…