When the House Inquiry Committee brought the January 6 riot and its case to the American public, it made a key argument: Look at the tape.
The centerpiece of Thursday night’s hearing was a video reconstruction of the attack on the Capitol. It went on point by point for 10 minutes, showing the rioters overpowering and beating cops as the mob broke into the building to stop confirmation of Donald Trump’s election loss.
The video had a powerful impact in the hearing room and with Democrats. Police officers in the audience comforted each other as they relived the violence. US Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn broke down in tears as rioters beat his colleagues with flagpoles and baseball bats.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York posted a photo of her TV with images of the riot on Instagram. “There was (and continues to be) a widespread GOP campaign to downplay the scale of this attack,” she wrote in a caption.
“We were trapped on campus with no way out,” she added. “This is what a US terrorist attack looks like.”
Meanwhile, many Republicans downplayed the new footage or didn’t watch it at all. Unlike other networks, Fox News did not air the committee hearing, allocating hours to hosts and guests who slandered it. Taylor Budowich, a spokesman for Trump, said, “This is not a legislature hearing, it is a production.”
Here are some of the key moments from the committee’s video.
THE PROUD BOYS
Three months later said Trump To “stand back and stand by”, the Proud Boys had many members stationed in Washington.
The committee’s video shows members of the far-right group gathering on the National Mall hours before Trump’s speech, in which he exhorted his supporters to “fight like hell.” By the time Trump spoke near the White House, members of the Proud Boys had already reached the Capitol, several blocks away.
The former top leader of the group is charged now with seditious conspiracy, as well as other members. Federal prosecutors accuse them of a coordinated attack on the Capitol.
By 1 p.m. when Speaker Nancy Pelosi began certifying ballots, rioters had already breached police lines east of the Capitol.
A riot was called at 1:50 p.m., and lawmakers were soon escorted to safety. A new video aired Thursday shows people walking around the office of Republican House Leader Kevin McCarthy.
Understaffed officers fought off attackers who came with guns and bear spray. Officers’ body cameras and security footage from above captured much of the melee.
Why the National Guard wasn’t there already and why it took so long for members of the Guard to arrive are questions that remain contentious among key figures. The US Capitol Police Chief claimed that day that House and Senate sergeants-at-arms delayed his pleas, which those officials have denied. The Pentagon said it did not have full forces ready and needed several hours to deploy.
The chief and both sergeants-at-arms resigned after the attack.
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