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whatever it takes, i'll lay my life down if it takes. >> absolutely. that's why we showed up today. >> [inaudible] >> we're coming in you don't -- the. [inaudible] [bleep] [inaudible conversations] [background sounds] >> get him up! hold him up! >> get him up! >> usa! usa! usa! [cheers and applause]
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>> [inaudible] [inaudible conversations] [bleep]
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>> what struck me was two thin
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things, minnie thompson saint january 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup, a brazen attempt of overthrowing the government, the violence was no accident. it represented trump's desperate chance to halt the transfer of power. everything was focused on president trump laying it out in this narrative as it was. we should point out the committee hearing are not like this. this is not usually how it works. there are not usually teleprompters. there are not soundbites that lawmakers tossed two. this is a made for television event to layout this narrative that they will do over several committee hearings. >> it does bring back the moments of watching that. i think every american who watched it felt the got in touch when you see them breaking through the doors and the windows of the capital. overall, we were told they were going to be things we haven't
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seen or heard before. i don't think there was a lot of new ground that was really pushed here in terms of things that we have not seen. >> as of yet. >> as of yet. they have seven of these hearings over the course of it. i think most are the things we've seen and heard before. even in the video i think we haven't seen even more aggressive, more violent video in the past that we witnessed. they did not show what happened to ashli babbitt in that video. she's the only person that was shot and killed in the middle of this melee, she was trying to rake enter breach that door of the main chamber so she was repelled. the question that you touch on with vinnie thompson laying out the culpability, i never gonna bring in our panel and talk to this as well. whether or not they are laying a case that would trump the justice department to take action that they have already taken. 840 people have been arrested and 5 50 states. yet 185 of those that have been adjudicated and receive
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sentences, 80 incarceration and 57 doing home incarceration. penalties have been made out for the behavior that we just watched. >> arrest happening even today. let's bring our panel george washington law school professor jonathan turley, trey gowdy, former congressman from south carolina. jessica from cohost of the five and congressional correspondent chad pergram up on capitol hill. your thoughts about this as they lay the predicate for how this is all going to layout? >> you put it best at the beginning this is like an opening statement. the problem there is no opposing counsel. they had some of the most striking aspects. we had these committees historically and they have been important. we had commissions and committees for watergate, pearl harbor, some of our wars and the boys had this very strong bipartisan bench. in the public can gain some credibility, some authenticity
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from that. here you just don't have an opposing party. you have two republicans who are very critical of the president. i think that is what is undermined in this. the other question is what is it that they are trying to prove? are they trying to prove donald trump is a horrible person? you might get a majority on that by the end of these hearings. or are you actually trained to show there was a crime committed read that's were these disconnects really mount up. there isn't a crime of omission for failing to call people back from the capital. it doesn't mean you don't bear responsibility. it doesn't mean you're not culpable in a moral sense. the question is are you trying to scale there's something legal or something political. >> obviously there was an effort to sell a stolen election according to the former president. they went through bill barr, let's take a listen to that soundbite. the attorney general talking about he told the president at
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the time. >> had three discussions with the president that i can recall. one was on november 23, 1 was on december 1 and what was on december 14. i've been through sort of the give-and-take of those discussions. in that context i made it clear i did not agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen in putting out the stuff which i told the president was [bleep]. i did not want to be a part of it. that's one of the reasons for me deciding to leave what i did. >> we added the [bleep] pretty quickly. trey, you headed up the benghazi committee and democrats that were pointed by nancy pelosi on that committee to jonathan's point there was an opposition point of view, what is your thought about how this committee hearing is starting? >> speaking of ag barr, it is compelling, it's probative, it's not new. what i was looking for, we all
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know that bill barr wrote a book about it. so i'm looking for things that are both probative and new and i actually wrote three down. i think it is new if in fact the president knew he lost. if in fact he knew he lost the election, that is new. i've never heard him say that. so if they have testimony on that, i think that's important. if he knew the fraud was not dispositive, yet there is fraud but there's not just untrue dispositive, to ag bars point. the thing that i really highlighted, if he really thought that hanging mike pence was a good idea, that is both probative and new. but to professor turley's point, it also has to be fair and when you get to call all the witnesses and you get to select which excerpts to live read or play in which videos. our sin is an adversarial system. every major court decision is based on adversarial. there needs to be more of that
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for the jury to buy it. >> jessica when you look back at the watergate hearings they had a panel of seven, three republicans for democrats in a course of that. we're not seeing that here because we see all these members were selected by nancy pelosi. they were all picked by a democrat. it's not like picking teams in kickball were each side gets to pick somebody until you got the team. >> there were republicans that were rejected for being part of this but there were also republicans to fundamentally don't accept the thrust of this investigation, people who believe donald trump won the election in 2020 and people who participated in the stop the steal valley and people who still stand by the president xi. i think the democrats and chairman thompson in making the selections by picking liz cheney and adam kinzinger to be part of this and more republicans also voted for certification and for impeachment that could've been
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part of this. it's not like they are the only two but why should democrats be dignified republicans who won't even accept the basis of the fact there was an election that this president tried to steal from the american public and amplify those lives even further. that's with the supporters breaking down those doors on january 6 want to hear. >> how would it have been problematic to make the case and to have even people of the mind that you are expressing to have them in the room. isn't that the way that we do things where we challenge the supposition of why you gathered in this room to go through this evidence of the first base? what's wrong with that? >> something of what's going on now in these hearings and congresswoman cheney laid this out as well. the importance of this information has colluded these people's minds and 70 had testified something been pulled
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them from the d.o.j. for participating in this that they were lied to and they were brainwashed by president trump and his allies. i don't actually see to amplify further those lies that have caused so much damage that a put us to a place that we have never seen before the unprecedented nature of what happened on january 6 in the previous two months were donald trump as trey pointed out knew he lost the election because his most trusted advisors like bill barr and his own daughter, i do think that was powerful scene of bonkers face up there that he lost the election and he continued to lie to the american people. why continue to amplify that. >> it was less than stellar, let's play the soundbite. >> how does that affect your perspective when attorney general barr made that statement. >> iit affected my perspective,i respect attorney general barr. i accepted what he was saying. >> okay, i don't know. it didn't throw me when i heard
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that. >> is hours of testimony there. quickly, jonathan, what's most striking to me someone tells the new york times this is about reframing the midterm elections. other people's saying is about preventing former trump from running again. that's really where we are. >> the problem i think the democrats have fulfilled that narrative. they went out and got an abc figure to essentially produce this. it is all the buildup even a promise from adam schiff that you'll see things that you've never seen before. it is the run-up to top gun. the problem they announced the fulfillment. >> were gonna head back in, let's listen to witness testimony. here is chairman any thompson i want to take our witnesses for being with us this evening to share their first-hand accounts of that terrible day. i know that some of the witnesses from our first hearing are in the room with us along with some of the family members,
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friends and widows of officers who lost their lives as a result of an attack. thank you all for being here for us and the american people. officer carolyn edwards has been with the united states capitol police since 2017. on january 6 officer edwards was assigned to the first responder unit which serves as the first line of defense at the capital conflict. she also served as a member of the civil disturbance unit, a special subset of the uniform division trained to respond to mass demonstration events. officer edwards is a graduate of the university of georgia and currently is working on a masters degree in intelligence analysis from johns hopkins
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university. nick quested is an acclaimed filmmaker whose credits include documenting stories from war zones in afghanistan, syria and iraq. on january 6 nick quested was working on a documentary about why americans are so divided when americans have so much in common. during that day he interviewed and documented movements of the people around the capital including the first moments of the violence against the capital police in the chaos that ensued. i will now sway in our witnesses. the witnesses will please stand and raise your right hand. do you swear in a firm of
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perjury that the testimony you are about to give is the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help you god? let the record reflect the witnesses answered in the affirmative. without objection the witnesses statement will be included in the record. pursuant to section questioning. as you saw just a few minutes ago the proud boys instigated the first breach of the capital just before 1:00 o'clock p.m. where rioters pushed over barricades near the p circle at the foot of the capital. our two witnesses tonight were both there at the time of that
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first breach. officer edwards was standing with other officers behind the line of bike racks that mark the perimeter of the capital ground. she bravely tried to prevent an angry crowd from advancing on the capital. unfortunately, she was overrun and knocked unconscious as the crowd advanced on the capital. mr. quested was a few yards away from officer edwards taking footage of the proud boys as part of his work on a documentary film. most of his footage has never been shown publicly before we sure did this evening. officer edwards, i'd like to start by asking if you could tell us why you believe it's important for you to your story this evening with the
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committee and the american public? please, your micropho microphone. >> thank you, mr. chairman. i really appreciate it. thank you to the committee for having me here to testify. i was called a lot of things on january 6, 2021 and the days thereafter. i was called nancy pelosi's dog, called incompetent, called a hero and a villain. i was called a traitor to my country, my oath in my constitution. in actuality i was none of those things. i was an american standing face to face with other americans asking myself how many times, many, many times how we had gone here. i had been called names before but never had my patriotism or
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duty been called into question. i who got up every day no matter how early the hours or how late i got in the night before to put on my uniform into protect america's symbol of democracy. i who spent countless hours in the baking sudden freezing snow to make sure america's elected officials were able to do their job. i was literal blood, sweat and tears were shed that day defended the building that i spent countless holidays and weekends working in. i am the proud granddaughter of a marine that fought in the battle of the chosen reservoir in the korean war. i think of my papa often in these days, how he was so young and thrown into a battle he never saw coming. and answer the call at great personal cost. how he lived the rest of his days with bullets and shrapnel
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in his legs but never once complained about his sacrifice. i would like to think he would be proud of me. proud of his granddaughter that stood her ground that day and continued fighting even though she was wounded like he did many years ago. i am my grandfather's granddaughter, proud to put on the uniform and serve my country. they dared to question my auto, they dared to question my loyalty. and they dared to question my duty. i am a proud american and i will gladly sacrific the america, my grandfather defended is here for many years to come. thank you. >> officer edwards, your story and your service is important. i thank you for being here tonight. mr. quested. i would also like you to introduce yourself. can you tell us how you found
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yourself in washington, d.c. on january 6, 2021. >> good evening chair, madam vice chair. thinking for the introduction. as stated in the winter of 2020 i was working on a documentary. i filmed several valleys in washington, d.c. on december the 11th and december the 12th. i learned there would be a rally on january 6. though my three colleagues and i came down to document the rally. according to the event there was going to be a rally, we arrived at the mall and observed proud boys marching towards the capital, we film them in all most immediately i was separated from my colleagues. i documented the crowd turned from protesters to rioters to interactionist. i was surprised at the size of the group, the anger and the profanity and for anyone who did
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not understand how violent thati documented it and i experienced it. our herd incredibly aggressive chanting and i subsequently share that with the authorities. pursuant to a house appear. thank you so much. >> thank you mr. quested. the select committee has conducted extensive work to understand the proud boys another rioters to the capital on january 6. we've obtained substantial evidence showing that the president december 19 tweet calling his followers to washington, d.c. on january 6 energized individuals from the proud boys and other extremist groups. i'd like to play a brief video highlighting some of this
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evidence. >> my name is michael marcus childress on my counsel to the committee to investigate the january 6 attack on the capital. >> abn name. >> proud boys. >> stand back and stand by. >> after he made this comment enrique tarrio said on parler stand by sir. we learn this, during the presidential debate led to an increase in membership from the proud boys. >> would you say that probably members increased after the stand back, stand by,. >> exponentially. i would say triple. >> with the potential for a lot more potentially. >> did you ever sell any stand back, stand by merchandise? >> one of the vendors on my page beat me too it but i wish i would've made a stand back stand by shirt. >> on december 19 president trump tweeted about the
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january 6 rally and told attendees, be there will be wild. many witnesses that we interviewed were inspired by the president call and came to january 6 d.c. the extremist took it a step further. they viewed this tweet got a call to arms. a day later the department of justice describes how the proud boys created a chat called the ministry of self-defense leadership chat. in this chapter probably is established a command structure in anticipation of coming back to d.c. on january 6. the department of justice describes enrique tarrio with a document of the 1776 returns which describes individuals occupying key buildings around the united states capital. the oath keepers are another group that the committee investigated. >> you better get your [bleep] to d.c. this saturday. >> if you don't it will be no more republic. were talking about that happen is not enough, president trump has encouraged and bolster the strength to do what he must do
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or we wind up in a bloodied fight, we all know that, the fight is coming. >> the oath keepers block the peaceful transfer of power shortly after the november 3 election and according to the department of justice stuart rhodes the oath keyed entry keepers leaders said to his followers were knocking to get through this without a civil war. in response to december 19, 2025 president trump the oath keepers in washington, d.c. in response to the tweet one member, the president of the florida chapter put on social media the president called us to the capital, he wants us to make it wild. the goal was the oath keepers to be called to duty so they can keep the president in power although president trump had just lost the election. the committee learned the oath keepers set up quick reaction outside of the city in virginia where they stored arms, the goal of these quick reaction was to be on stand by just in case president trump invoked the insurrection act. >> did the oath keepers provide weapons to members? >> i'm getting declined to answer that for due process
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grounds. tarrio in stuart rhodes met in a parking garage in washington, d.c. same fight. the committee learned that the oath keepers went into the capital to the east doors and the d.o.j. alleges one of the stacks went into the capital looking for speaker pelosi although they never found her. as the attack was unfolding enrique tarrio to credit, documents obtained he said it encrypted chat making a mistake and we did this. later on that evening enrique tarrio posted a video which seem to resemble in front of the capital the black cape in the title of the video was premonition. the evidence developed of the select committee and the department of justice highlight how each group dissipated on the attack of the capital on januar.
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in fact the investigation revealed that was individuals associated with the proud boys who instigated the initial breach of the peace circle at 12:53 p.m. >> within ten minutes rioters had already filled the lower west closet. by 2:00 o'clock rioters had reached the doors on the west and the east plazas. invite 213 rioters had actually broken through the wing door and got into the followed. at 2:25 p.m. rioters breached the east side doors to the west >> right up to 2:40 p.m. the breached the east side doors near the ways and means room. once the rioters infiltrated the capital they moved to the crypt, the rotunda, the hallway leading
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to the house chambers, and even inside the senate chambers. >> individuals associated with two violent extremist groups have been charged with seditious conspiracy in connection with the january 6 attack. one is the oath keepers, they are a group of armed antigovernment extremists. the other group is the proud boys, they promote separateness beliefs and have engaged in violence with people they view as their political enemies. members of both groups have already pled guilty to crimes associated with the january 6 attack. as requested, part of the documentary you have been filming, you gained access to the proud boys in their leader
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enrique tarrio. your crew film them in washington, d.c. on the evening of january 5 and then on januar. on january 5, the night before the attack you were with the head of the proud boys, enrique tarrio in washington, d.c. what happened? >> we picked up enrique tarrio from jail. he has been arrested for carrying magazines, some extra capacity magazines and he took responsibility for the burning of the black lives matter flag that was stolen from the church on december the 12th. we were attempting to get an interview with mr. tarrio. we had no idea there was any of the defense that was going to subsequently happen. we drove him to pick up his bags
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from the property department of the police which is just south. we picked up his bags and went to get some other bags from the phoenix hotel while we encountered mr. stewart rhodes from the oath keepers. by the time i had gone to park the car, my colleague was sayind to a location around the corner they were legends i believe. so we quickly drove over there, we drove down into the parking garage and film the scene of mrd other individuals in the garage. we then continued to follow
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mr. tarrio. there was some discussion about where he was going to go, he ended up going towards the hotel in baltimore and we conducted an interview with him in the hotel room. and then we returned to d.c. for that night and what was interesting that night that was the first indication that d.c. was much more busy than it had been any other time we had been here because we could not get into the hotels we wanted to and we ended up at a hotel that was not as satisfactory as we had hoped. >> thank you. what you are saying is, you films at the meeting between mrs leaders stewart rhodes, right? said but according to the
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justice department indictment of mr. tarrio a reference to capital. on the morning of january the sixth you learned the proud boys were gathered near the rally the white house. what time did you meet up with the proud boys and what was happening when they met? >> we met up with the proud boys somewhere around 10:30 a.m. and they were starting to walk down the mall easterly direction towards the capital. there was a large contingent, more than i had expected and i was confused to a certain extent why we were walking away from the president speech because that's what i felt we were there to cover. >> at 10:30 a.m., that's early in the day. that's even before the president trump had started speaking, am i
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correct? >> yes, sir. >> how many proud boys would you estimate were marching together and to the capital? >> a couple of hundred, a couple of hundred proud boys were marching towards the capital at that point. >> at the time was area heavily guarded? >> no, i remember we walked down the mall to the right of the reflecting pool and north along the road that leads to the peace circle. as we were walking past the peace circle i framed the proud boys to the right of my shirt with the capital behind and we see one so police officer at the barriers which was subsequently breached. we would then walk up and past a tactical unit preparing and you see that in the film for the man questions their honor and you see maybe a dozen capital police
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putting on their riots gear. >> so how would you describe the atmosphere at that time? >> the atmosphere seemed to be much darker. i make efforts to create a familiar reality between myself and my subjects to make them feel comfortable. and the atmosphere was much darker this day than it had been in these other days and there was also a contingent of proud boys i had n orange hats so when the proud lt
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together? >> no first of all we went round to the back and down the steps went to tucker's. >> mr. quested, you're a journalist, your a careful distinctive things that you have observed. but what you have told us is highly relevant. let me highlight a few key facts that you and others have provided the committee. first there was a large group of proud boys present at the capital. we know that from multiple sources. you now estimate that there were around 250 to 300 individuals that you testified. they weren't there for president trump speech, we know this because they left that area to march toward the capital for the speech began. they walked around the capital that morning.
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to see what defenses were in place and where weaknesses might be. and they decided to launch their attack at the peace circle which is a front door of a capital complex. it is the first secure of the perimeter that those marching from would have to come to as they moved toward the capital. the peace circle walk away was always where the thousands of angry trump's supporters would arrive after president trump and sent them from the lips. the proud boys time of attack before the moment of the start of the joint session of the capital, which is also where president trump directed the angry mob, we fight like hell,". he told them before sending them down pennsylvania avenue right
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to where the proud boys gathered and where you were filming. a simple question is, whether the attack on the capital was coordinated and planned? what you witnessed was a coordinated implant effort would look like. it was the culmination of a month-long effort spearheaded by president trump. mr. quested, thank you for your eyewitness account of the lead up to the breach of the peace circle. this brings us to a point in time where you and officer edwards were in close proximity. at this point i reserve the balance of my time pursuant to 5c section eight of house resolution 503. the chair recognizes general woman from wyoming leads cheney for questioning. >> thank you very much
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mr. chairman. officer edwards i want to start by thanking you for your service and thank you for your courage. thank you for being here this evening. i know that it is not easy to live what happened for you and the officers behind you and for the family members of officers in the audience this evening. but it's really important for the country to have a full accounting and understand what happened. i want to start, officer edwards with a short clip that shows a horrible moment when you were injured as a peace circle was breached. >> usa. >> usa. >> usa. >> usa. >> usa. >> usa. [background sounds] [inaudible]
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>> move. >> officer edwards, can you describe the crowd that has assembled that the peace circle as you and your fellow officers stood behind and guarded the bike racks at the peace circle? >> yes, there were about five of us on that line and there were are bike rack and at the bottom of pennsylvania avenue walkway was right by p circle there was another bike rack. the crowd had kind of gathered there. it was the crowd led by joseph biggs and they were mostly in civilian clothes and there were some who had military fatigues and we could see people with bulletproof vest on and things like that.
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it didn't seem extremely cohesive but they had gathered there in their outfits but they had gathered there together and joseph biggs started -- he had a megaphone and he started talking about, first it was things relating to congress. and then the table started turning once that is now the arizona group is what he said. the crowd with orange hats, they came up chanting [bleep] antifa and they join that group and once they join that group joseph biggs rhetoric turned into the capital police.
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he started asking us questions, you didn't miss a paycheck during the pandemic, meditating stuff about our pay scale was mentioned. and it started turning the tables on us. i've worked -- i conservatively say probably hundreds of civil disturbance events. i know when i've being turned into a billing and that's when i turned to my sgt and i stated the understatement of the century. i said sgt i think were gonna need a few more people down here. so after that, i think they started conferring, they went a little silent. they started tempering among each other. i saw the person now identified
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as brian sam so, he put his arm around joseph biggs and they were talking and then they started approaching the first pair kate. they ripped the first pair k down and they approached are bike rack. at that time we started holding on and grabbing the bike racks. they were not many of us so i grabbed the middle between two different bike racks. i was not under any pretense that i hold it for very long but i wanted to make sure we can get more people down and get our cdd units time to answer the call so we started grappling over the bike racks. i felt the bike rack, on top of
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my head and i was pushed backwards in my foot caught the stairs behind me and my chin hit the handrail and at that point i blacked out but the back of my head clipped the concrete stairs behind me. >> you were knocked unconscious is not right officer edwards? >> yes, ma'am. >> when you regained consciousness even with the injury to return to duty? is that right? >> yes, ma'am. at that time adrenaline kicked in. iran towards the west front and i tried to hold the line at the senate steps. at the lower west terrorists. more people kept coming at us. it just seemed like more and
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more people started coming onto the west front. they started overpowering us and that was right about when mpd officers showed up. they are bike officers, they pushed the crowd back and allowed our cdu units as well as theirs to form that line that you see the very thin line between us and the protesters and writers at that time. i fell behind outline and for a while i started decontaminating people who had gotten sprayed and treating people medically who needed it. >> and then you were injured
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again there on the west terrorists? is that right officer edwards? >> yes, ma'am. >> after a while i got back on the line. it was on the house side of the lower west terrorist there weres and officer sicknick was behind me for most of the time for about 30 - 45 minutes i was down there, we were the best as we could, we were grappling over bike racks and trying to hold them as quick as possible. all of a sudden i see movement to the left of me and i turned and it was officer sit net with his head in his hand. he was mostly pale.
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which i figured at that point that he had been sprayed and i was concerned my top alarm bells went off. because if you get sprayed with pepper spray you are going to turn red, he turned about as pale as a sheet of paper. i looked back to see what had hit him and what had happened and that's when i got sprayed in the eyes as well. i was taken to be decontaminated by another officer but we didn't get the chance because we were then teargas. >> we are going to play just a brief clip of that moment that you just described officer
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edwards. [background sounds] [inaudible] >> officer edwards, i just want to thank you for being here and i know again how difficult it is. i know the family of officer sir saint neconeof the police office recently was to ask me whether or not as members of congressacr we were led to a safe and disclose location whether we knew that so many of you had rushed out of the building and into the fight. i assure you that we do know that. and that we understand how
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important your services. thank you for your continued work with our committee and the interviews. thank you very much for both of you being here this evening. mr. chairman i yield back. >> thank you very much. ms. edwards, can you give us one memory of the awful day that stands out most vividly in your mind? >> i can. that time when i talk about falling behind mpd's line. i remember because i had been kind of shielded away because i was holding those stairs so i
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wasn't able to really see what was going on over here. when i fell behind outline and i saw, i just remember my breath catching in my throat. what i was a war scene. it was something that i had seen out of the movies. i couldn't believe my eyes that there were officers on the ground. they were bleeding, they were throwing up, i saw friends with blood all over their faces. i was slipping in people's blood. i was catching people as they fell.
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it was carnage, it was chaos, i can't even describe what i saw. never in my wildest dreams did i think that a police officer, a law enforcement officer i would find myself in a middle of a battle. i am trained to detain a couple oft trained. that day it was hours of hand-to-hand combat, hours of dealing with things that were way beyond any law enforcement officer has ever trained for. i just remember that moment of stepping behind the lines and it just seen the absolute war zone
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that the west front had become. >> let me thank you for your service and obviously your bravery that you have told the world about tonight. it's unfortunate that you had to defend the capital from fellow americans. none of us would ever think that would have to happen but it did. so let me think our witnesses for joining us tonight and sharing their experiences with america. throughout my chairman schiff of this committee i have continuously vowed that this committee will ensure a comprehensive account of a heroic acts on january 6 and that we will follow the facts wherever they your testimony is an essential s
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do our. mr. quested, thank you for shared with the committee do a better job than any of our words in reinforcing the violence of january 6. we hope that the power of your footage helps encourage our americans to consider how citizens with so much in common could viciously brawl at the seat of the democratic government. officer edwards, thank you for your brave service as i indicated on generally six and all you did to protect us and most importantly our democracy. if you and your fellow officers hadn't held the line against those violent insurrectionist,
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we can only imagine the disaster that would've been sued. your hero is him is the face of danger is admirable in your will to continue to protect and to serve to despite your serious injuries to be an inspiration to all of us. we wish you a continued recovery and look forward to seeing you back in uniform sometime soon. the members of the select committee have additional questions for tonight's witnesses and we ask that you respond expeditiously in writing to those questions. without objections, members permitted ten business days to submit statements for the record including opening remarks and additional questions for the witnesses. the witnesses have just told us what they heard the writer saying, why they stormed the capital on that day never going
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to hear it from the writers themselves without objection i include in the record a video presentation. >> by the president of the united states. >> what made me want to come was the fact that i had supported trump all that time, i did believe that the election was being stolen and trump asked us to come. >> he personally asked for us to come to d.c. that day. i thought for everything that he has done for us, is this the only thing he's going to ask of me, i will do it. >> we will walk down to the capital. >> to hear president trump going to the capital during his speech. >> that's one of my disappointments he said he was going to go with us and be there. >> i know why i was there, that's because he called me there and he laid out what is
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happening in our government. he laid it out. >> i remember donald trump telling people to be there, to support. >> you mentioned because the president asked you, do you remember a specific message. >> basically he asked for us to come to d.c., i think things are going to happen. >> he said i have something very important to say on january 6 or something like that is what got me interested in being there. >> trump is only asking for two things, he asked me for my vote and he asked me too, january 6. >> when the committee reconvenes next week we are going to examine the lives that convinced those men and others to storm the capital. to try to stop the transfer of power. we are going to take a close look at the first part of trump's attack on the rule of
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law. when he hit the fuse that ultimately resulted in the violence of january 6. without objection and with that the committee stands adjourned. >> so that is the conclusion of this first hearing in the house select committee's investigation of january 6 capital riots. we heard from one of the capital police, we watched a horrific video of how she was attacked and pushed over and injured, the filmmaker and was following the problems for around and he explained what he witnessed when he was with them as well. we have not seen a lot that is
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new, earth shattering and very different from what we for before. >> some of the video and the audio had not been out there before, some of the testimony different than what we heard before. obviously bringing back the images and the horrible events of that day. but where this goes from here and where this committee goes we will see. let's bring back our panel professor jonathan turley, former congressman of south carolina, jessica, now joining us mike pence chief of staff marc short. it is good to have you here. we heard your soundbite and that testimony as they laid that out. you were with mike pence the vice president that day. i just have a couple of questions, did he ever hear the hanging mike pence comments. >> i think he that out side noise they pushed him down to the secure location when the protest were the loudest and was
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actually breached the capital. i don't recall hearing them i have not asked him specifically if he hears that i think it was days later that we actually heard it when we were watching videotape. >> when you watch this obviously they had one clip with the vice president evacuated from the senate chamber at 2:13 p.m. and then president trump tweet that it 2:24 p.m. that mike pence did have encouraged to do what should've been done. in this video clip somebody is on a bullhorn reading that tweet to everybody outside. was this new to you what you saw? >> i think there are some pieces that are new, i think during that time we were in our secure location we had our cell phones and we were able to watch some of it but to be honest the vice president was making sure everybody was safe in the proceedings would be able to commence again that night, making sure as you heard in general malaise testimony that they had reinforcements to secure the capital. we were really focused on getting the job done and making sure the work that the american people continued that night.
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there was a lot of concern about that, at the time capital police did not know incendiary devices could be left behind inside the chamber, there was concerned we would not get in that night but the vice president was adamant to say we need to make sure we get are work done to show american democracy still stands for all. >> we hear about all these people reaching out to the president to tell him he needs to make it stop in stepan. did the vice president call or text or reach out to the president during that time in the capital. >> the vice president's first call were to kevin mccarthy, leader mcconnell, speaker pelosi and leader schumer to make sure they were safe and their functions were okay. their encouragement reached out to the pentagon to make sure the reinforcements were set. i called mark meadows to let him know that we were secure in our intention was to continue with the work of the american people the vice president is encouraged we had about that night.
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>> they have been under a lot of pressure between the two of them at that point. perhaps the vice president, maybe they were speaking at that point? >> i think it was the president's opinions were pretty clear at that point. i'm not sure the vice president that it would be constructive to engage his voice was to work with the people the capital and get work done. >> liz cheney said president trump said maybe mike pence should hang him. >> i think that is newly revealed recent news stories second or third hand testimony i never heard that first-in. i think they enjoyed four great years of working together. this is a tragic day and for the american people it was a tragic occurrence of the capital and i think it shows for those who say it was a peaceful protest these videos put into a lie. it was a false flag operation and prickly propaganda and i think it's important that they make people see that. i also think the challenge to the committee what is a broader purpose for the committee. as they say in some cases deny president trump another
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opportunity to run. >> we appreciate you coming here on this day and giving us perspective. thank you, please stay tuned to fox news and this fox station for continuing coverage of the story. i am bret baier in washington. i am martha maccallum, good i am martha maccallum, good night from washington. (phone ringing) howard wolowitz. man: hey, howard. dave roeger here at nasa. we need to talk about your upcoming mission. yes, yes, i've been doing my push-ups. i'm still stuck at nine, but... ...that's going all the way down with no one holding me. that's great, uh, but that's not why i called. we've run into a bit of a snafu. your soyuz capsule failed the pressurization test, so bottom line: mission's been scrubbed.


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