Last month, conservative media alleged that FBI operatives helped to plot, coordinate and orchestrate 6 January’s deadly riots at the Capitol after a Department of Justice court filing against more than a dozen riot participants revealed the existence of twenty ‘unnamed co-conspirators’.
The House of Representatives’ Select Committee investigating the 6 January Capitol violence began its first hearing on Tuesday, with witnesses and lawmakers using the term “coup” repeatedly to describe the unrest.
Capitol Police officer Auilino Gonell, who received serious injuries during the mayhem, told lawmakers that nothing in his experience in the military or as a police officer prepared him “for what we confronted on January 6.”
Republican representative Adam Kinzinger, a never-Trump Republican who voted to impeach the president in January, thanked the police officers for their service and similarly characterised the riots as a coup attempt.
“You guys won, you guys held. Democracies are not defined by our bad days. We’re defined by how we come back from bad days, how we take accountability for that,” Kinzinger said.
Liz Cheney, another leading never-Trump Republican appointed to the committee, asked officers how they felt about Trump’s statement that his supporters 6 January were “a loving crowd” and that “there was a lot of love in the crowd.”
“It’s upsetting. It’s a pathetic excuse for his behaviour, for something that he himself helped to…