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Kuster Statement on First Hearing of Bipartisan January 6th Select Committee

**Kuster was evacuated from the gallery of the House chamber by U.S. Capitol Police officers on January 6th when violent pro-Trump insurrectionists breached the Capitol and attempted to prevent Congress from fulfilling its constitutional duty to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election**

Kuster Statement on First Hearing of Bipartisan January 6th Select Committee

**The full Select Committee hearing is available HERE**


Washington, D.C. — Today, Rep. Annie Kuster (NH-02) released the following statement on the first hearing of the bipartisan Select Committee tasked with investigating the January 6th attack on the U.S. Capitol:


“On January 6th, U.S. Capitol Police officers and officers from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department fought valiantly to defend the U.S. Capitol and our very democracy as pro-Trump insurrectionists violently breached the Capitol building and attempted to disrupt the certification of the 2020 presidential election. The testimony from U.S. Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn and Sgt. Aquilino Gonell as well as D.C. Police Officers Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges outlined the heartbreaking reality that thousands of officers faced on January 6th. More than 140 officers were injured – many so severely they will never fully recover – and Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died from injuries sustained defending the Capitol. 


“I believe that I owe my life to the Capitol Police officers who rescued me from the gallery of the House chamber, as well as the officers who testified today and their colleagues who fought valiantly to protect our lives, the U.S. Capitol, and our democracy. Our nation owes a debt of gratitude to the officers who protected our democracy, ensured that not a single Member of Congress or staff were injured, and defended the Capitol. Every American – especially those who have likened the day to a tourist visit – should listen to the testimony of these officers and watch the video evidence of this horrific attack.


“I am confident in this bipartisan committee’s ability and commitment to get to the truth so we can ensure that nothing like this can ever happen again.”