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QUOTES-Notable quotes from first hearing on U.S. Capitol riot

reuters.com · 06/09/2022 20:45
QUOTES-Notable quotes from first hearing on U.S. Capitol riot

- The first of six hearings on the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol by Donald Trump supporters made a prime-time television debut on Thursday as a House committee seeks to demonstrate that the riot was a planned attack on democracy.

The U.S. House of Representatives Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack is including videotaped testimony from senior Trump White House officials and campaign officials in the hearing, committee aides said. nL1N2XW1LH

Here is a selection of quotes:

Committee Chair Bennie Thompson, from excerpts of his opening statement:

"We can't sweep what happened under the rug. The American people deserve answers. So I come before you this evening not as a Democrat, but as an American who swore an oath to defend the Constitution. The Constitution doesn't protect just Democrats or just Republicans. It protects all of us."

"So tonight, and over the next few weeks, we're going to remind you of the reality of what happened that day. But our work must do much more than just look backwards. Because our democracy remains in danger. The conspiracy to thwart the will of the people is not over."

"January 6th and the lies that led to insurrection have put two and a half centuries of constitutional democracy at risk. The world is watching what we do here."

Former Attorney General William Barr, by video:

"I made it clear I did not agree with the idea of saying the election was stolen and putting out this stuff which I call the bullshit. And, you know, I didn't want to be a part of it. ... We can't live in a world where the incumbent administration stays in power based on its view, unsupported by specific evidence that the election that there was fraud in the election.

U.S. Representative Liz Cheney:

"President Trump believed his supporters at the Capitol, and I quote, were doing what they should be doing. This is what he told his staff as they pleaded with him to call off the mob."

"On this point, there is no room for debate. Those who invaded our capital and battled law enforcement for hours were motivated by what President Trump had told them: That the election was stolen, and that he was the rightful president. President Trump summoned the mob, assembled the mob and lit the flame of this attack."

"All Americans should keep ... in mind this fact, on the morning of January 6, President Donald Trump's intention was to remain President of the United States."

Ivanka Trump, former President Trump's daughter, in video testimony:

"I respect Attorney General Barr. So I accepted what he was saying."

(Reporting by Doina Chiacu; Editing by Scott Malone and Leslie Adler)

((doina.chiacu@thomsonreuters.com; 202-898-8322;))