VIDEO: The House Select Committee’s hearings on the Jan. 6 Capitol attack, day 1
House investigators are making the case to the American public that the violent insurrection by President Donald Trump’s supporters should not be forgotten. While the basics of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the Capitol are already known, the committee is holding hearings to tell the story of how it happened, and how to prevent it from ever happening again, for history.
The made-for-TV hearings include video of police officers being brutally beaten and right-wing extremists leading the crowds into the Capitol. The hearings come as some have tried to downplay the violence.
The panel hopes to show the American public how democracy came to the brink of disaster. Over 10 months, more than 100 subpoenas were issued, more than 1,000 interviews were conducted and more than 100,000 documents were collected. All that to get to the bottom of the attack that day in 2021 by supporters of then-President Donald Trump.
On day one, Lawmakers heard testimony from a filmmaker who recorded footage of the riot and a Capitol Police officer. Filmmaker Nick Quested recorded members of the far-right Proud Boys extremist group as they stormed the building. The committee also expected heard testimony from Caroline Edwards, a U.S. Capitol Police officer who was seriously injured.
Read the day 1 hearing recap from NPR: Panel witness remembers 'carnage' and 'chaos' at the Capitol