What to expect from the Jan. 6 insurrection hearings

Four men in uniform hold their hands up to take an oath
Sgt. Aquilino Gonell (left) of the US Capitol Police, Officer Michael Fanone of the DC Metropolitan Police, Officer Daniel Hodges of the DC Metropolitan Police and Private First Class Harry Dunn of the US Capitol Police are sworn in to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on US Capitol on July 27, 2021 at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC. During its first hearing the committee, currently made up of seven Democrats and two Republicans, will hear testimony from law enforcement officers about their experiences while defending the Capitol from the pro-Trump mob on Jan. 6.
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It’s been more than six months since pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol to challenge the certification of the 2020 presidential election. Now, the deadly attack is getting more scrutiny. The House select committee investigating the January 6 attack held its first hearing on Tuesday.

Four law enforcement officers testified about the fear and abuse they endured as they attempted to protect the Capitol from rioters chanting “Stop the Steal” and who proclaimed that former President Donald Trump had sent them.

Michael Fanone, a D.C. Metro police officer, pleaded with legislators — particularly GOP members who failed to join the committee — to take the day’s events seriously.

“Nothing has prepared me to address those elected members of our government who continue to deny the events of that day and in doing so betray their oath of office,” he said. 

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi moved forward with the select committee after the Senate failed to support bipartisan legislation that would have established a 9/11-style commission to investigate the events of January 6. 

Friday, host Kerri Miller spoke to a counter-terrorism expert and an opinion columnist about Tuesday’s emotional testimony, what we learned, and what’s ahead for the investigation.

Guests: 

  • Seamus Hughes is the deputy director of the Program on Extremism at George Washington University.

  • Paul Waldman is an opinion columnist for the Plum Line blog at The Washington Post and senior writer at The American Prospect.

To listen to the full conversation you can use the audio player above.

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