Michael Cardinal, FISM News
A special committee formed by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi will here testimonies from four officers present at the January 6 Capitol Hill Riots today as the committee begins their investigation into the events of that day.
Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Republicans have boycotted the committee after Pelosi vetoed two of the five GOP’s nominees. McCarthy had nominated Reps. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Jim Jordan (R-Ohio), but Pelosi rejected these nominations, reportedly due to the fact that they had not voted to certify the election and were staunch Trump supporters. To McCarthy and other Republicans this solidified the thought that the committee already had a set conclusion and would have a biased view on any evidence brought forth.
Following the rejection of Banks and Jordan, McCarthy issued a statement slamming Pelosi for causing the proceedings to lack of integrity:
Speaker Pelosi’s refusal to seat all five Republican members directly harms the legitimacy, credibility and integrity of the proceedings of the select committee.”
Pelosi told ABC’s The Week, that the inclusion of Banks and Jordan would “jeopardize the integrity of the investigation” in a way that she could not “tolerate.” Pelosi has since tabbed Republicans Liz Cheyney (Wyo.) and Adam Krizinger (Ill.), both known Trump critics, to join the committee despite the Republican boycott in an effort to make the committee appear bipartisan.
Cheyney said she wants to hear “every phone call, every conversation, every meeting leading up to during and after the attack” in order to get to “objective truth.” She also said that she wanted to look into “every minute of that day in the White House,” in an apparent jab at former President Donald Trump.
The first day of the hearings included testimonies from two DC Metro police officers and two members of the Capitol police. Officer Harry Dunn was one of those who testified and said it was the first time he had ever been called the “n-word” while in uniform and said that it was “disheartening that we live in a country with people like that, who attack you based on the color of your skin. Those words are weapons.” Officer Michael Fanone added that the events of the day were “unlike anything I had ever seen, unlike anything I had ever experienced.”