Friday, September 22

Jan. 6 committee said insurrection was an attempted coup

Hello, OnPolitics readers!

Welcome to a special Friday edition of OnPolitics. Today, we’ll recap the first in a series of hearings held Thursday night by the House Jan. 6 committee investigating the insurrection at the Capitol over a year ago.

Witnesses and spectators were shocked and saddened by the video evidence of police being beaten bloody by rioters who ransacked the Capitol. Several US Capitol police officers and the widows of their fallen colleagues were visibly shaken.

“It boils down to this: January 6 was the culmination of an attempted coup,” Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the committee, said in his opening remarks.

Thompson went on to describe the events of that day as a “sprawling, multi-step conspiracy” meant to subvert a democratic election. Former President Donald Trump, said Thompson, sought to “(throw) out the votes of millions of Americans – your vote, your voice in our democracy – and (replace) the will of the American people with his will to remain in power.”

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