House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) stated Thursday that he’s now prepared to satisfy with a U.S. Capitol Police officer who’s livid that Republican lawmakers are attempting to rewrite historical past and painting the lethal pro-Donald Trump rebellion as a stroll within the park.
McCarthy made the assertion at a Police Week occasion on the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial in Washington when he was pressed about studies that his staffers had hung up on Officer Michael Fanone when he known as to speak with the congressman about his experiences on Jan. 6.
McCarthy stated he had simply discovered the day prior to this that Fanone had known as his workplace and wished to satisfy. “I would like to meet with him,” he stated. McCarthy known as what occurred on Jan. 6 “atrocious.”
Fanone, a 19-year police veteran, suffered a coronary heart assault after he was dragged down stairs, crushed with pipes and repeatedly shocked with stun weapons in the course of the Capitol riot. The assault was captured on shocking footage from his bodycam that was proven Wednesday evening on CNN.
“It’s been very difficult seeing elected officials … whitewash the events that day,” Fanone stated in a CNN interview final month. (Check out this interview within the video above.)
“I experienced a group of individuals that were trying to kill me,” he stated, choking again tears. “I experienced the most brutal, savage, hand-to-hand combat of my entire life.”
Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) despatched a letter signed by 105 different lawmakers to McCarthy on Thursday demanding that he meet with Fanone after the “upset” officer complained to him that McCarthy’s staffers had hung up on him.
A McCarthy workers member denied that Fanone was lower off and stated he had been given the e-mail of somebody to contact.
The battle over various narratives concerning the Capitol riot is rising much more pitched within the wake of the ejection Wednesday of Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) from her House management place for condemning the riot and for not endorsing the GOP’s protection of “the big lie” that the presidential election was rigged.
Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) claimed on the House ground Wednesday that the Jan. 6 riot “looked like a normal tourist visit” to the Capitol.
It’s a gargantuan problem for Republican lawmakers, nevertheless, to persuade hundreds of thousands of Americans that they didn’t truly see what they noticed as they sat glued to their pc or TV screens on Jan. 6.
“I was there,” Sen. Mitt Romney (R-Utah) informed HuffPost on Thursday. “What happened was a violent effort to interfere with and prevent the constitutional order of installing a new president.”
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