Capitol police said protesters who invaded the building on Jan. 6, breaking windows, snapping selfies and vandalizing several rooms, actually were “terrorists.”
That opinion is from Harry Dunn, Aquilino Gonell, Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges, of either the U.S. Capitol police or the DC Metro force who testified Tuesday at House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s one-sided committee she appointed to “investigate” the events of that day.
Pelosi refused to seat two GOP members of Congress that were appointed by House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, and instead she invited two Republicans, Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, who have expressed agreement with her agenda.
The Daily Mail reported how Dunn recalled being called a racial epithet more than a dozen times that day, including after he engaged in conversation “with rioters” and informed them he had voted for Joe Biden.
“Does my vote not count?” he testified about telling protesters. “Am I nobody?”
Then a group repeatedly called him n*****, he said, and that has forced him to counseling for the “trauma” of the day.
U.S. Rep. Adam Schiff, D-Calif., the impeachment promoter who for years claimed to have evidence of the now-debunked Democrat claims that President Trump’s 2016 campaign colluded with Russia, questioned Dunn about the day.
Dunn explained his message is that, “Democracy is bigger than any one person and any one party.”
Hodges testified about his “confusion,” because he “saw the thin blue line flag, the symbol of support for law enforcement, more than once being carried by the terrorists as they ignored our demands and continued to assault us.”
Gonell said the day was a “violent battle.”
The only person killed in the fracas was a Trump supporter who was shot and killed – apparently without warning – by a police officer. Two other officers later committed suicide, another died of natural causes, two protesters died of natural cases and one apparently suffered a drug overdose.
Fanone recounted he was tasered, and feared someone would take his gun and use it against him. They didn’t.
“I was aware enough to recognize I was at risk of being stripped of and killed with my own firearm. I was electrocuted, again and again and again with a taser,” he said.
He noted that he could have shot protesters, but didn’t. Instead he was shouting, “I’ve got kids.”
“Thankfully, some in the crowd [of rioters] stepped in and assisted me. Those few individuals protected me from a crowd … until my fellow officers could rescue me.”
The L.A. Times documented Gonell reported being more scared that day than during his Army tour in Iraq.
The hearing is expected to continue for months.
A key to the investigation may be videos, some of which were shown on Tuesday, featuring violence and foul language. Republicans often have noted that most of the available video is being withheld from them, and the public.
Dunn revealed he got no warning of any threats from his chain of command that day, even though President Trump had offered additional security, an offer declined by congressional leaders.
Before the hearing, Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., charged that Pelosi “bears responsibility as speaker of the House for the tragedy that occurred on January 6.”
Many of those at the building that day simply walked in, took pictures, and did little else. Sometimes police officers held the doors open for them. The violent protesters among them were upset by evidence of election fraud during the 2020 presidential race, evidence that still is being investigated with various audits.
Further, multiple federal judges had refused to even review the evidence, throwing out cases on technicalities and in one case, claiming one state’s election results were not affected at all by fraud in the same election in another state.
Fact-checkers, including some run by legacy media outlets who quickly declared Biden the winner on election night, repeatedly have stated there was no fraud, no suspicious circumstances and nothing to investigate in the election.
Schiff warned of the threat if people refuse to accept the outcome of elections that are not in their favor, but didn’t bring up the issue of 2016 failed Democrat candidate Hillary Clinton, and many others in her party, repeatedly charging that Donald Trump “stole” that election and he was an “illegitimate” president because that election did not turn out the way they wanted.
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