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Former president Donald Trump lashed out after the House January 6 select committee’s first prime-time hearing wrapped up.

Mr Trump hit out at the political “hacks” and “thugs” on the committee on his own social media platform.

The first hearing wrapped up on Thursday after two hours of testimony about the violent Capitol riot.

Included in the bombshell revelations introduced by Reps Bennie Thompson and Liz Cheney were that Mr Trump thought then-Vice President Mike Pence ‘deserved’ hanging as rioters had chanted.

Excerpts of interviews with former Attorney General Bill Barr, Ivanka Trump, and Jared Kushner were also played. Mr Barr testified he told then-President Trump that the idea the election was stolen was “bulls***”.

Ms Trump said she respected his opinion and had also accepted that.

The hearing was shown unseen graphic footage of the attack on the Capitol that distressed some in the room, followed by emotional testimony was heard from Officer Caroline Edwards who recalled being injured when the mob turned violent and the “war zone” that followed.

Key Points

  • Furious Trump reacts to Jan 6 prime-time hearing
  • Hearing uses Trump aides testimonies to paint him as insurrectionist in chief
  • Trump expressed support for rioters who wanted to hang Mike Pence says Cheney
  • Footage of Ivanka Trump testifying she accepted election wasn’t stolen
  • Sean Hannity, Tucker Carlson lash out at hearing
  • Capitol police officers cry during hearing
  • Committee to release closed door deposition transcripts

Capitol police officers cry during hearing

06:50 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Some of the Capitol police officers present on the day of the January 6 Capitol attack could be seen crying and emotional as the committee showed a shocking compilation of bodycam footage and documentary video on Thursday during the first primetime hearing into the attack on Congress.

In the video, set up by committee chair Bennie Thompson, members of US Capitol Police are heard desperately calling for reinforcements as they are viciously attacked by a massive mob of Trump supporters who are seen smashing windows, striking officers, and wrestling with metal barricades.

John Bowden has more:

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Jan 6 police officers cry in hearing as committee shows video of violence

Capitol rioters ask for mercy just before hearing

06:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Three Capitol rioters appeared in court just hours before the January 6 House select committee hearing and pleaded mercy before federal judges deciding their punishment for participating in the assault.

The three included Michael Daughtry, a gun store owner and former police officer arrested roughly a week after the attack on Capitol Hill and father son duo William M. Sywak and William J. Sywak.

“I made one mistake in my life and I have immediately took responsibility for it,” Daughtry was quoted as saying by ABC.

“I apologize to the court for my indiscretion. But does a person not get to make at least one mistake in their entire life?”

“I’m embarrassed,” the younger Sywak was quoted as saying by Buffalo News.

“I’m very remorseful for what I did,” he said.

“It’s not right that so many police officers were injured.”Of the 820 individuals arrested and charged in connection with last year’s 6 January Capitol insurrection, 300 have pleaded guilty to an array of charges.

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‘Sham partisan bull****,’ Donald Trump Jr posts after hearing

06:08 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Donald Trump Jr has dubbed the January 6 House select committee hearing “sham partisan bull****” in a statement on Twitter after proceedings ended on Thursday.

Accusing the Democrats of “distracting” Americans, he said: “Democrats hate America and they hate you!”

Sean Hannity calls January 6 hearing ‘multi-hour Democratic fundraiser

05:49 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Fox News host Sean Hannity hit out at the Democrats as the January 6 House Select Committee’s first hearing was held on Thursday.

Mr Hannity referred to the hearing as “the dullest, the most boring, there’s absolutely nothing new, multi-hour Democratic fund-raiser masquerading as a January 6 hearing,” during his show on Fox News, without giving details to his viewers about the proceedings of the hearing.

Trump lashes out at Jan 6 committee following hearing

05:30 , Sravasti Dasgupta

Former president Donald Trump hit out at the January 6 committee following its first public hearing on Thursday evening and repeated falsehoods about the 2020 election.

In a statement posted on his social media network Truth Social, Mr Trump called the committee investigating the attack on the US Capitol “political hacks.”

Richard Hall reports:

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Trump lashes out at Jan 6 committee and repeats false election fraud claims

House panel to release closed door deposition transcripts

05:08 , Sravasti Dasgupta

House select committee chairman Bennie Thompson has said that the panel will release transcripts of the closed door depositions that it conducted in its investigation into the 6 January insurrection.

“We’ll make it available,” Mr Thompson said in an interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper after the committee’s first hearing.

He added that the committee planned to cooperate, if requested, with the Justice Department’s investigation into the isurrection though the committee’s job wasn’t to determine whether crimes had been committed.

The Justice Department had asked for the transcripts last month, but the panel refused ahead of Thursday’s hearing.

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Ivanka Trump testifies that she accepted there was no election fraud

04:43 , Oliver O’Connell

The committee investigating January 6 and the attack on Congess opened with bombshell video footage on Thursday that showed a number of his most trusted aides and advisers, including his daughter Ivanka Trump, explaining that they knew the election was not stolen.

John Bowden reports:

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Ivanka Trump testifies that she accepted election wasn’t stolen

04:30 , Oliver O’Connell

AOC reacts to footage never-before seen footage of riot

04:20 , Oliver O’Connell

New York Rep Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez tweeted her reaction to the never-before-seen footage of the Capitol riot, specifically taking aim at Colorado Rep Lauren Boebert and recalling her own experience of that day in January 2021.

She later went live on Instagram:

And then went after the House Judiciary GOP’s glib reaction to the testimony:

Voices: Trump was terrified of the January 6 hearings. Tonight proved he was justified

04:10 , Oliver O’Connell

Ahmed Baba writes:

There’s a reason Fox News didn’t want to air this prime-time hearing. What we saw was the truth about January 6 showcased with captivating effectiveness.

What happened on that day was not a “tourist visit,” as Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde (GA) claimed. It was not “legitimate political discourse,” as the RNC argued. It was not a “love fest” as Donald Trump delusionally declared. And the responsibility for this does not fall on “everybody in the country,” as Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) asserted just hours before tonight’s hearing. This was a violent, criminal conspiracy to overthrow American democracy perpetrated by Donald Trump, his allies, and domestic extremist groups. Or, to put it as simply as Chairman Bennie Thomson (D-MS) did, January 6 was “the culmination of an attempted coup” — an attempted coup that’s far from over.

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Trump was terrified of the January 6 hearings. Tonight proved he was justified

Emotional reaction to Officer Edwards testimony

04:02 , Oliver O’Connell © Provided by The Independent US Capitol Police Officer Pfc Harry Dunn embraces US Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards after her testimony (REUTERS)

Trump reacts to first hearing of Jan 6 committee

03:56 , Oliver O’Connell

The former president posted on his social media platform Truth Social:

The Unselect Committee of political Thugs essentially the same group who brought you the now fully debunked and discredited RUSSIA, RUSSIA, RUSSIA HOAX (and many others!), refused to study and report on the massive amount of irrefutable evidence, much of it recently produced, that shows the 2020 Presidential Election was Rigged and Stolen. They want NOTHING to do with that topic because they cannot win on the facts. CANCEL & DENY, call it “THE BIG LIE,” is all they can do. Corrupt politicians!

So the Unselect Committee of political HACKS refuses to play any of the many positive witnesses and statements, refuses to talk of the Election Fraud and Irregularities that took place on a massive scale, and decided to use a documentary maker from Fake News ABC to spin only negative footage. Our Country is in such trouble!

Former President Donald Trump

Video: Never-before-seen footage of Capitol riot

03:24 , Oliver O’Connell

Warning – Graphic Content

‘He was ghostly pale’: Video shows Officer Sicknick before he died

03:10 , Oliver O’Connell

Video footage of Brian Sicknick, the officer who would die a day after the Capitol riot, was played on Thursday shortly before the committee adjourned for the night.

In the video, a uniformed officer identified as Mr Sicknick is seen holding his face in pain after apparently being attacked with pepper spray. The actual attack itself is not clearly visible.

John Bowden reports:

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Jan 6 panel shows video of Officer Sicknick before he died: ‘He was ghostly pale’

Hearing adjourned

02:58 , Oliver O’Connell

A final video is played of six of the rioters who pleaded guilty to their actions all saying that they went to the Capitol that day because Donald Trump asked them to go.

Following the video, the hearing is adjourned.

Officer Edwards is seen embracing Sandra Garza the late-Brian Sicknick’s partner.

02:55 , Oliver O’Connell

Northern Virginia Congressman Don Beyer speaks about his constituent Officer Brian Sicknick.

02:54 , Oliver O’Connell

Officer Edwards remembers telling her commanding officer they would need reinforcements.

She then recalls being knocked unconscious when the Proud Boys knocked through and lifted up the barriers that were set up.

Despite having a head wound she then returned to duty helping decontaminate fellow officers who had been sprayed.

She describes Officer Brian Sicknick with his head in his hands, looking “ghostly pale” — as white as a sheet of paper. She knew he hadn’t been pepper-sprayed as his face would be red.

As she tried to see what hit him, she got sprayed too, and when she went to get decontaminated, she then got tear-gassed.

© Provided by The Independent Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards (EPA)

Asked for a memory of that day, she recalls there were wounded colleagues and “I was slipping in people’s blood, I was catching people as they fell. It was carnage, it was chaos … I’m not combat trained and that day it was hours of hand-to-hand combat.”

“It was an absolute war zone.”

Fox News shows air ad-free

02:45 , Oliver O’Connell

Fox News is the only major network not airing the hearing live.

Both Tucker Carlson and Sean Hannity’s shows are being broadcast with no commercial breaks.

02:41 , Oliver O’Connell

Mr Thompson hands questioning over to Ms Cheney.

She plays footage of the moment when Officer Edwards was injured.

02:39 , Oliver O’Connell

Mr Quested recounts his movements and interactions with Enrique Tarrio, the leader of the Proud Boys on 5 January 2021.

Tarrio met in a parking garage with Stewart Rhodes, the leader of the Oath Keepers, and Mr Quested’s crew filmed that meeting.

The following day he was surprised by the number of Proud Boys present (approximately 200 people he recalls) and that they were walking down the Mall away from where President Donald Trump was speaking, towards the Capitol.

Officers cry as committee shows video of violence

02:27 , Oliver O’Connell

Some of the Capitol police officers present on the day of the January 6 Capitol attack could be seen crying and emotional as the committee showed a shocking compilation of bodycam footage and documentary video on Thursday during the first primetime hearing into the attack on Congress.

John Bowden reports:

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Jan 6 police officers cry in hearing as committee shows video of violence

02:27 , Oliver O’Connell

Chairman Thompson: “We have obtained substantial evidence showing that the President’s December 19th tweet, calling his followers to DC on January 6th, energised individuals from the Proud Boys and other extremist groups.”

In a video of their investigation into the Proud Boys’ activities that day, the January 6 Committee found that membership in the Proud Boys grew “exponentially” after Donald Trump’s infamous ‘stand back and stand by’ line at his presidential debate against Joe Biden.

02:22 , Oliver O’Connell

Mr Quested, a British filmmaker, was in Washington, DC, that day to film a documentary.

They filmed as a group of Proud Boys marched down the National Mall. He was separated from his colleagues but continued to film and subsequently shared his footage with the authorities.

He is present under a subpoena.

Hearing resumes with first in-person testimony

02:20 , Oliver O’Connell

The first witnesses are Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards and filmmaker Nick Quested.

On January 6 they were standing not far apart when police lines were breached.

Ms Edwards was injured that day and said she was called: “Nancy Pelosi’s dog”, “incompetent”, “hero”, “villain”, and “traitor.”

She adds: “I was an American, standing face to face with other Americans, asking myself… how had we gotten here.”

Footage shows officers attacked

02:08 , Oliver O’Connell

Warning: Graphic content.

Former Trump chief of staff: ‘Video was stunning’

02:07 , Oliver O’Connell

‘What kind of President would have refused to stop this atrocity’

02:05 , Oliver O’Connell

Presidential historian Michael Beschloss tweets: “What kind of President would have refused to stop this atrocity in the Capitol immediately? Listen to the screaming and shouts on this video.”

02:04 , Oliver O’Connell

At the conclusion of a deeply unsettling and graphic film of the attack on the Capitol, the chair declares a 1-minute recess.

Law enforcement officers present that day defending Congress can be seen crying.