House Democrats to hold first Capitol riot hearing

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House Democrats will hold their first hearing as part of their Jan. 6 Capitol riot probe Tuesday, where GOP Rep. Liz Cheney will have a prime speaking slot.
House Democrats will hold their first hearing as part of their Jan. 6 Capitol riot probe Tuesday, where GOP Rep. Liz Cheney will have a prime speaking slot as the group attempts to gain bipartisan credibility.

The hearing, set to kick off at 9:30 a.m. EST, will begin with opening statements from House Homeland Security Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.), who is also chairing the select committee investigating the riot, and Cheney (R-Wyo.).

Ahead of statements from the four witnesses testifying Tuesday — including Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell of the Capitol Police and Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges of DC Metro Police — the panel will show what an aide has described as graphic video from the attack.

DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone is set to testify during the hearing. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

Members of Congress were forced to evacuate in gas masks after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump overpowered Capitol Police and breached the building.

Vice President Mike Pence was presiding over proceedings to certify then-President-elect Joe Biden's electoral win at the time.

The House on Jan. 13 voted to impeach Trump over his role in the Jan. 6 siege, though he was acquitted in the Senate trial.

Rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. John Minchillo/AP

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