The Democratic-led Committee heard the first testimonies from police officers trying to stop the advance of Donald Trump supporters on January 6. Most Republicans reject the inquiry.
A U.S. Congressional panel on Tuesday began investigating the deadly insurrection on Capitol Hill in a hyper-politicized environment that threatens to undermine efforts to understand what led to the Jan.6 attack, in which five people were killed. Pro-Donald Trump protesters attacked about 140 Agents.
Six months after a mob stormed the seat of American democracy, in what was the worst attack on the Legislature since the War of 1812, the American public will hear the first testimony about that day before a select committee that also unleashes partisan controversies in Washington.
The Committee began its first session with a chilling video. It was possible to see how the Republican mob attacked and insulted police officers. Then, before the eyes of the legislators, the images of agents trying to contain Trump supporters who, armed with bats and hockey sticks, among other objects, tried to break through to prevent the victory of the Democratic candidate and current president from being ratified, Joe Biden.
"We know that there is evidence of a coordinated, planned attack. We understand that the men and women who stormed the Capitol wanted to derail the peaceful transfer of power in this country, "said Democratic legislator Bennie Thompson at the opening of a commission of inquiry in Congress on the January 6 assault.
For her part, Republican Liz Cheney, faced with Trump and appointed to the Committee by the Democratic leadership, warned that her fellow supporters could try to cover up the facts. "No member of Congress should now try to defend the indefensible, obstruct this investigation, or cover up what happened that day. Instead, we must act with honor and duty and in the interest of our nation, "he said at the opening of the inquiry in Congress.
In this context, the leader of the Republican minority in the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy, does not want any of his co-religionists to participate in the investigation and has promised that he will retaliate against those who do, promoting a boycott of the process.
Legislators will receive first-hand accounts of police officers who were attacked by rioters who forcibly broke into the building, scoured the halls looking for, for example, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi, and tried to prevent certification. of Joe Biden's victory. In one of the first testimonies, an agent described the scene as "a medieval battle" and claimed that he was afraid to die.
But the process will be chaotic. The House Republican leadership has boycotted the select Committee, withdrawing its five candidates last week after Democrat Pelosi took the unprecedented move of rejecting two of those nominated by the opposition minority leader.
Both Pelosi and other members of Congress wanted to form a bipartisan and independent commission to investigate the revolt and its origin, following the model of the one that carried out the investigations after the attacks of September 11, 2001. But between Republicans worrying that the probe will prove politically damaging to them just before the 2022 midterm elections, and the fact that Trump himself has not shown any interest in questions linked to the unrest, the party began to organize your efforts to oppose an investigation of the events of January 6.
Senate Republicans blocked the formation of this commission in May, arguing that multiple investigations had already reached conclusions about the riot and that the hundreds of arrests made have already yielded enough data on what happened.
Then the party sought to destroy the credibility of the select Committee, subsequently by Pelosi, who McCarthy accuses of "playing politics" with increasing partisan tensions on Capitol Hill.
"Never in the history of the United States has the speaker of the House of Representatives elected members of the other side, so they are predetermining what happens" with the investigation, McCarthy told reporters Monday at an event at the House. Blanca on another matter.
She also ridiculed Cheney and Kinzinger by calling them "Pelosi Republicans," further saying that the two Republican candidates the Democratic leader had rejected - Congressmen Jim Banks and Jim Jordan - "have the right" to participate in the panel.
"Ignore the antics."
The Speaker of the House of Representatives had welcomed McCarthy's other three appointments. Still, he withdrew all of his candidates when she rejected Banks and Jordan, two Trump stalwarts.
But now she insists that the Committee go ahead, Republican pledge or not. "We have to, again, ignore the antics of those who do not want to discover the truth," he told ABC on Sunday.
"We will find the truth. And that truth will have the confidence of the American people because it will be done in a patriotic and non-partisan way. "
The violent insurrection killed five people, and dozens of police officers were injured.