US Capitol Police and families of officers who died after the Jan. 6 riots watched vivid video footage of the attack in the hearing room Thursday night, arms wrapped around one another.
Officer Harry Dunn, who testified under oath at an earlier hearing, was seen comforting Sandra Garza, the longtime partner of Capitol Hill Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died shortly after the riot.
Also in the audience at Thursday’s hearing is a group of Democratic lawmakers who call themselves the “gallery group.”
These legislators were briefly trapped in the gallery of the House of Representatives chamber when the Capitol was breached and the chamber doors locked. They crawled over railings and helped each other get to an unlocked door and escape.
Rep. Dean Phillips (D., Minn.) tweeted a photo of those in attendance.
“It’s just shocking and upsetting a year and a half later,” Mr Phillips said during a break in the hearing.
He commended Republican Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming, the committee’s vice chair, for her opening statement, calling her a “national savior.”
“The narrative she just presented was clear and clear, unambiguous and extremely bold,” he said.
Mr Phillips said he hoped Americans would pay attention. “God, I hope so,” he said.
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D., Washington) broke down in tears when reporters asked her how it felt to watch the video after being trapped with fellow lawmakers in the gallery of the House of Representatives as the mob tried to break in.
“I never thought that doing our job, we would not be sure about doing our job and that at this moment we would feel so helpless to protect our democracy,” Ms. Jayapal said, her voice shaking.