Lawmakers react to first Jan. 6 Committee hearing
WASHINGTON, D.C. - On Wednesday, more lawmakers are reacting to Tuesday’s hearing examining the January 6th attacks at the U.S. Capitol.
It comes after four U.S. Capitol and D.C. Metropolitan Police officers offered gripping testimony about the deadly January 6th attacks as supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the capitol to prevent the certification of the electoral college votes.
“I could feel myself losing oxygen and recall thinking to myself, ‘this is how I’m going to die’,” said Sgt. Aquilino Gonell of U.S. Capitol Police on Tuesday.
The hearing focused largely on failed security measures at the Capitol that day.
“The January 6th attack was real. It was a real attack on the Capitol,” said Rep. Ed Case (D-Hawaii). “There were real consequences.”
Moving forward, there is a concern among some members of congress -- largely Republicans – that the committee will become too partisan. Some rank and file House members we spoke with said they would have preferred a bipartisan or independent commission.
Currently, seven Democrats and just two Republicans makeup the committee after a feud between House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy.
“We had to move on our own,” said Case. “It was that or not move at all, and I don’t think not moving at all was an option.”
“The reason (Pelosi) doesn’t want Republicans on the committee is because she doesn’t want the tough questions asked,” said Rep. Fred Keller (R-Pa.)
The Senate previously rejected a bipartisan commission made up of an equal number of Republicans and Democrats.
The January 6th Select Committee is expected to hold additional hearings with another potentially coming in August.
“My hope is it doesn’t become to theatric, but it’s based on evidence,” said Rep. Tom Reed (R-N.Y.). “We’ll watch this just like everyone else.”