January 6th select committee hearings begin with testimonies from four law enforcement officers

The House select committee investigating the storming of the U.S. Capitol held its first hearing on Tuesday with testimony from four law enforcement officers who responded to the attempted insurrection on Jan. 6.

Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., and Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., will give opening statements at the start of the hearing on Capitol Hill. Cheney and Rep. Adam Kinzinger of Illinois are currently the only Republicans on the nine-member panel. “We need to hear how they felt, we need to hear what people who broke into the Capitol said to them,” committee chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) told the Associated Press last week.

The House voted largely along party lines on June 30 to set up the select committee. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) is permitted to submit recommendations for up to five additional members of the committee, but told Fox News Tuesday he was undecided about whether to do so.

“I’m discussing it with my members,” McCarthy told “Special Report” host Bret Baier. “I have a real concern [about] the scope of what we’re looking at.” “[The select committee] looks more like an impeachment committee than one that wants to get to the bottom of the questions that are still out there,” he said Tuesday. Over 500 people have been arrested in connection with the riot.

Thompson told MSNBC Monday that the committee was “not interested in conflicting with the prosecution” of alleged rioters, “but we think there is significant evidence that they might have been able to ascertain in their investigation that could be germane to our, the select committee’s investigation. The committee does have subpoena power, and Thompson said last week he was willing to use it “to the fullest extent of the law,” adding, “I don’t think anyone is off limits.”



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