Notable quotes from first hearing on the U.S. Capitol riot

An image of the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol is seen on video during the hearing of the United States House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the United States Capitol United States, on Capitol Hill in Washington, United States, June 9, 2022. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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WASHINGTON, June 9 (Reuters) – The first of six scheduled congressional hearings into the January 6, 2021 assault on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump debuted on television on Thursday. Read more

The U.S. House of Representatives select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack included videotaped testimony from senior Trump White House officials and campaign officials during the hearing.

Here is a selection of quotes:

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Committee Chair Bennie Thompson quoted from his opening statement:

“We cannot sweep what happened under the rug. The American people deserve answers. So I come before you tonight not as a Democrat, but as an American who has sworn an oath to defend the Constitution The Constitution doesn’t just protect Democrats or just Republicans, it protects all of us.

“So tonight, and over the next few weeks, we’re going to remind you of the reality of what happened that day. But our work must do more than look back. Because our democracy remains in jeopardy. The plot to thwart the will of the people is not over.”

“January 6 and the lies that led to the insurrection endangered two and a half centuries of constitutional democracy. The world is watching what we are doing here.”

US Representative Liz Cheney:

“President Trump believed his supporters on Capitol Hill, and I quote, were doing what they had to do. That’s what he told his staff as they begged him to call out the crowd.”

“On this point, there is no room for debate. Those who invaded our Capitol and fought law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump had told them: that the election had been robbed and that he was the rightful president. President Trump summoned the crowd, rallied the crowd and lit the flame for this attack.”

“All Americans should keep … in mind this fact, on the morning of January 6, President Donald Trump’s intention was to remain President of the United States.”

“As you will see in our hearings, the White House received specific reports in the days leading up to January 6, including at President Trump’s Ellipse rally (near the White House), indicating that elements of the crowd were preparing for violence on Capitol Hill,” Cheney said.

“The White House staff knew President Trump was willing to entertain and use conspiracy theories to get his way. They knew the President needed to be cut off from anyone who had encouraged him. They knew the President Donald Trump was too dangerous to be left alone, at least until he left office on January 20.”

“Tonight I say this to my fellow Republicans who defend the indefensible: There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone but your dishonor will remain.”

Greg Jacob, former attorney for Vice President Mike Pence, Trump ally attorney John Eastman, quoted by Cheney:

“Thanks to your bullshit. We’re under siege.”

Former Attorney General William Barr, via video:

“I made it clear that I didn’t agree with the idea of ​​saying the election was stolen and posting what I call bullshit. And, you know, I didn’t mean to do it. party. … We cannot live in a world where the incumbent administration remains in power based on its view, unsupported by specific evidence, that the election that there was fraud in the election ‘election.

“I told him it was crazy stuff and they were wasting their time and doing the country a huge disservice.”

Ivanka Trump, daughter of former President Trump, in video testimony:

“I respect Attorney General Barr. So I accepted what he was saying.”

Caroline Edwards, US Capitol police officer, injured in attack:

“I’ve been called (House Speaker) Nancy Pelosi’s dog, called incompetent, called a hero and a villain.”

“They dared to question my honor. They dared to question my loyalty and they dared to question my duty.”

“When I fell behind that line and saw – I just remember my breath stopping because what I saw was just a scene of war. It was like something I had seen in the Middle East. There were officers on the ground. They were bleeding. They were throwing up… I was slipping in people’s blood… It was hours of hand-to-hand combat.”

Nick Quested, documentary filmmaker who followed the right-wing Proud Boys protesters on January 6:

“I was surprised by the size of the group, the anger and the rudeness.”

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Reporting by Doina Chiacu, Patricia Zengerle, Richard Cowan; Editing by Scott Malone and Will Dunham

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