Lovers of U.S. Capitol Police and officers who died after the Jan. 6 riots circled each other in the interrogation room Thursday night and watched graphic video footage of the attack.
Officer Harry Dunn, who testified under oath at an earlier hearing, can be seen comforting Sandra Carsa, a longtime associate of Capitol Hill police officer Brian Signick, who died shortly after the riot.
Among Democrat lawmakers among Thursday’s hearing observers also called themselves the “Gallery Committee.”
When these lawmakers were trapped for a while in the gallery of the House Chamber, the Capitol was broken into and the doors of the room locked. They crawled on the banisters and helped each other to escape by going to the unopened door.
Representative Dean Phillips (D., Minn.) Tweeted a photo of those in attendance.
“After a year and a half, it’s shocking and angry,” he said. Phillips said during the break of the trial.
He praised Wyoming’s Republican Representative Liz Cheney, the group’s vice president, for her initial statement, calling her a “national savior.”
“The description he has now given is crisp and clear, vague and very bold,” he said.
He hopes Americans will pay attention. Said Phillips. “God I believe,” he said.
Representative Pramila Jayapal (D., Wash.) Cried when reporters asked her how she felt about watching the video after she was caught with other lawmakers in the House gallery.
“I did not think it would be safe for us to do our job because we were doing our job, and we would not have been so helpless at that moment to defend our democracy,” Ms Jayapal said, and her voice trembled.
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