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After months of buildup, today sees the first public hearing of the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the US Capitol. The bipartisan panel will be hearing from four law enforcement officers – two from the Capitólio dos Estados Unidos Police and two from Washington’s Metropolitan Police Department, all of whom will be testifying “in their personal capacities” about “the law enforcement experience” that day.
The panel is going ahead with its work despite the refusal of Republican leader Kevin McCarthy to nominate a slate of representatives for his party’s allotted seats after Nancy Pelosi rejected two of his initial nominees, hardliners Jim Banks and Jim Jordan. Having chosen Trump critic Liz Cheney as part of her own slate, Ms Pelosi has now added equally anti-Trump Republican Adam Kinzinger to the committee, bringing its membership to seven Democrats and two Republicans.
Enquanto isso, hundreds of people arrested for their alleged part in the insurrection are awaiting legal proceedings, while many more are still being sought by federal law enforcement.
Who’s on the panel?
The select committee is being headed up by Bennie Thompson, who also serves as the chair of the House Homeland Security committee. The House’s only serving Democrat from Mississippi, the 73-year-old congressman is not seen as a partisan warrior and has the respect of many Republican colleagues.
Mississippi Rep. Bennie Thompson is about to pick up his duties as chairman of a select committee to investigate the Jan. 6 Capitol insurrection
Alongside Republicans Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger, Mr Thompson is backed up by six other Democrats, among them two prominent figures from the Trump era: Adam Schiff, who led the first impeachment investigation into Donald Trump over his alleged Russian links and extortion of the Ukrainian government; and Jamie Raskin, the lead impeachment manager at the former president’s Senate trial after the insurrection.
Filling out the Democratic team are Californa’s Zoe Lofgren and Pete Auguilar, Virginia’s Elaine Luria and Florida’s Stephanie Murphy.
Welcome to our live coverage of the first hearing of the 6 January select committee. Stay tuned for updates.