House Jan. 6 committee reveals new details in hearing on Capitol assault

The House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol is holding the first of several public hearings to reveal the findings of its 11-month investigation.

“We can’t sweep what happened under the rug,” House Select Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson said on January 6 in his opening statement. “The American people deserve answers. So I come before you tonight not as a Democrat, but as an American who has taken an oath to defend the Constitution. The Constitution does not protect only Democrats or only Republicans She protects us all: ‘We the people.’ And this scheme was an attempt to undermine the will of the people.”

Thursday’s historic hearing is led by Thompson and the committee’s vice chair, Rep. Liz Cheney, who is one of only two Republicans on the committee. An aide said before the hearing that Thompson “will put Jan. 6 in a broader historical context and talk about the aberration of that day in the history of American democracy.”

Thursday’s hearing features two witnesses: documentary filmmaker Nick Quested, who followed the proud boys on January 6 and recorded hours of video that day, and Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards, the first law enforcement officer injured by rioters storming the Capitol grounds. Edwards suffered a traumatic brain injury and has not been able to return to work since the attack, according to the committee. Arriving at the hearing Thursday, Edwards said “good to go” when asked if she was ready.

James Goldstonthe former president of ABC News, helped the committee prepare its presentation, which will include audio and video.

Among those present at the hearing will be the widows of Capitol Police officers Howard Liebengood and Jeff Smith, who both died by suicide following the attack on the Capitol.

The committee interviewed more than 1,000 people, gathered more than 140,000 documents and received nearly 500 “substantial” tips on its whistleblower line. Members spent nearly a year reviewing documents and hearing testimony from people ranging from former Trump officials to Capitol police to riot defendants.

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