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The House Special Committee investigating the deadly pro-Trump invasion of the U.S. Capitol will begin its first hearing on Tuesday with testimony from four law enforcement officers who responded to the attempted January 6 insurrection.
U.S. Capitol Police Officer Sgt.Aquilino Gonell, DC Metropolitan Police Department Officer Michael Fanone, DC Metropolitan Police Department Officer Daniel Hodges, and U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn are sworn in before testifying before the House Select Committee that the January 6th attack was launched on Capitol Hill in Washington, USA. July 27, 2021.
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Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., And Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., Will make opening statements at the start of the hearing on Capitol Hill.
Cheney and Illinois MP Adam Kinzinger, both vocal critics of former President Donald Trump, are currently the only Republicans on the nine-member panel. Cheney was stripped of her leadership role after she refused to stop criticizing Trump for spreading the lie that the 2020 elections were rigged to favor President Joe Biden.
House minority leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., Moved five Republicans to join the select committee but withdrew all of their names after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-California rejected two of his proposals.
McCarthy and other Republicans – including Indiana Rep. Jim Banks, whom Pelosi vetoed board membership – have begun to suggest that Pelosi may be in some way responsible for the January 6 events.
“It is unfortunate that we are starting with a committee chairman who tells us, ‘Everything is on the table except the speaker’s office,'” said McCarthy on Tuesday morning.
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks to members of the House Republican Committee before opening the House Committee hearing to investigate the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol Hill on Capitol Hill in Washington. USA, July 27, 2021.
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Prior to the hearing, Cheney told ABC News, “There are some in my party, including Leader McCarthy, who continue to pretend it is partisan politics.”
“I think it’s really sad, I think it’s a shame,” she said.
Cheney previously suggested that one of McCarthy’s declined picks for the panel, Jim Jordan of Ohio, could be a key witness in the investigation.
In the interview with ABC, Cheney also declined a subpoena from McCarthy or Trump. “The committee will go wherever it needs to go to find out the facts,” she said.
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