During Tuesday’s Capitol hearing, Capitol police officer Harry Dunn compared former President Donald Trump to someone who hired a hit man to do his dirty work.
In just one of many indicted comments at the hearing by a new select commission, Dunn, a longtime member of the Capitol Police, referred to crimes where a senior person hires a hit man to commit a crime.
“I use an analogy to describe what I want is a hit man,” he told the committee. “If a hit man is hired and he kills someone, the hit man goes to jail, but not only the hit man, but also the person who hired him.”
“If a hit man is hired and he kills someone, the hit man goes to jail, but not only the hit man, but the person who hired him,” Sgt. Harry Dunn testified on Tuesday. He called on lawmakers to “get to the bottom of” who sent rioters to the Capitol
Dunn didn’t mention President Trump by name when he said it, but also seemed to liken the president himself to a hit man. Trump spoke at a “Stop the Steal” rally near the White House before his supporters stormed the Capitol and overwhelmed security.
He made the comment when panel chair Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) asked witnesses what they want the select committee set up by Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the House to investigate.
“There was an attack on January 6 and a hitman sent them. I want you to get to the bottom of that,” he said.
Metropolitan Police Department officer Michael Fanone and Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges arrive to testify before the House Select Committee investigating the January 6 attack on the US Capitol on July 27, 2021. Fanone said it was no ‘coincidence’ that the Stop the Steal rally was January 6
Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges (r) asked lawmakers to find out if “everyone in power played a part in this” after describing what he experienced on Jan.
President Donald Trump spoke to supporters at a ‘Stop the Steal’ rally that ended shortly before the riots. His supporters who stormed the Capitol echoed some of his allegations of voter fraud
Supporters of US President Donald Trump protest outside the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021 2021
The officers spoke at a hearing where lawmakers broadcast violent footage of clashes between police and rioters
Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone, who also testified, made a similar point shortly before Dunn, after noting that other investigations have looked at “micro-concerns” such as Capitol security.
“As a police officer, many of these events happened in plain sight. We had violent political rhetoric, we had a rally called Stop the Steal, and that rally took place on January 6, which I don’t think was a coincidence that on January 6, members of Congress … charged with counting the electoral votes and confirming the election of our president.
“In the academy, we learn about time, place and circumstances when investigating possible crimes and those who may have committed them. And so, for me, the time, place, and circumstances of that meeting, that rhetoric, and those events point toward our president and other members, not just Congress and the Senate.
But that’s what I’m looking for is an investigation into those actions and activities that may have led to the events of January 6 and also whether or not there was any collaboration between those members, their personnel and these terrorists.”
DC Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges, speaking after Fanone, said Fanone “hit the nail on the head there.” Then he made his own request, at the end of a hearing in which he was forced to watch violent footage of his own head being wedged into a Capitol door while being beaten by rioters.
“As patrol officers, we can only deal with the crimes that happen in the streets, the crimes and sometimes the violent crimes,” Hodges said.
“But you are the only ones we have to deal with crimes happening above us. I want you to ask if anyone in power played a part in this – if anyone in power was coordinating or helping or inciting or trying to downplay the investigation into this terrorist attack. Because we can’t. We are not allowed. And I think a majority of Americans are really looking forward to that,” he said.
Dunn also commended GOP representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger for joining the panel hosted by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.
Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger are hailed as brave heroes. And while I agree with that idea, why? Because they told the truth? Why is telling the truth difficult? In this America I think so,’ he said.