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The hearing on January 6th shows that the partisans are deeply divided

WASHINGTON (AP) – Republicans attempted to rewrite the history of the January 6 insurrection during a heavy hearing in Congress on Wednesday. They painted the Trump supporters who attacked the building as mostly peaceful patriots and repeatedly downplayed the violence of the day. Meanwhile, the Democrats clashed with Donald Trump’s former Pentagon chief over the government’s unprepared response to a riot that began when hundreds of Trump loyalists who wanted to overthrow the elections broke police barriers, broke windows and besieged the building. The conflicting issues and failure to agree on a commonly agreed set of facts underscored the challenges Congress faces in investigating the violence and missteps of the government. The House Oversight Committee hearing came shortly after the House Republicans decided to remove Rep. Liz Cheney from her leadership position for reprimanding Trump for his false allegations of electoral fraud and his role in inciting the attack. Former Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller and former Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, who first testified publicly on Jan. 6, defended their agencies’ response to the chaos. But the hearing turned almost immediately into partisan disputes over how that day was going, with at least one Republican boldly declaring that there was no insurrection at all. “I find it hard to believe the revisionist story my colleagues on the other side are offering,” said Massachusetts Democrat Stephen Lynch in desperation. The violence of the day is particularly well-established after an impeachment trial that centered on the clashes between rioters and police officers in which police officers were beaten and bloody, including one stun gun shocked from a heart attack between one door and another. Some of the insurgents threatened to hang then Vice President Mike Pence threateningly called House Speaker Nancy Pelosi to find her in the building. However, Republican lawmakers on the committee attempted to divert the hearing’s attention from these facts by repeatedly equating the uprising last summer with violence in American cities arose out of protests against racial justice that the Democrats had failed to violently condemn . Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs played video footage of violence in Portland federal court last summer. Georgia Rep. Andrew Clyde said while “there were some rioters on January 6” it was a “bold lie” to call it a riot, in some ways likening it to “a normal tourist visit.” In a way that broadly rewrote the facts of the day and the resulting investigation, Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar said the Justice Department had “molested peaceful patriots.” He described Ashli ​​Babbit, a California woman who was fatally shot and killed by an officer during the uprising after climbing through the broken part of a door, as “executed”, although prosecutors have said the officer will not be prosecuted for the Gunfight didn’t break the law. “It was Trump supporters who lost their lives that day, not Trump supporters who took the lives of others,” said Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia, downplaying the loyalists’ violent tactics against the president, including that Pepper and Bear Spraying of Officers A Capitol police officer who was injured while confronting rioters suffered a stroke and died of natural causes a day later. Dozens more were seriously injured, some of whom may never return to the nation’s Capitol, “said Massachusetts Democratic MP Ayanna Pressley.” It was a deadly and dangerous insurrection instigated by Donald Trump. “The Democrats, in turn, pushed of the hour-long pause between the first discussion about National Guard support and the arrival of the troops with Miller. California MP Ro Khanna told Miller he was baffled: “We had someone like you in that role.” After Miller made a statement from Lynch, who described the Massachusetts congressman as “ridiculous,” Lynch replied that Miller himself was ridiculous. “You were AWOL, Mr. Secretary,” said Illinois Democratic MP Raja Krishnamoorthi. Miller replied, “This is totally inaccurate . “In a testimony aimed at refuting the widespread criticism that the St. e forces are too slow to be deployed, Miller told the committee he was concerned about the uprising that sending troops to the Capitol could fuel fears of a military coup and re-run the deadly shootings in Kent State in 1970. ” Nothing like this would happen on my watch, but these concerns, and the hysteria about it, were taken into account in my decisions about the appropriate and limited use of our armed forces in support of civil law enforcement during electoral college certification. “Miller said.” My duty to the nation was to prevent a constitutional crisis. “Miller said that while military involvement in domestic law enforcement should be a” last resort, “he viewed the speed with which the National Guard was deployed as one of the most expedient operations in history. He said he stood by any decision He said that although he believed Trump had encouraged his supporters to protest the election results, he did not believe that Trump’s rhetoric – which led to his impeachment – was the “unifying” factor in the insurrection drew complaints from Democrats who said Miller showed up to mitigate criticism of Trump he voiced in previous media interviews, Trump was eventually acquitted by the Senate of instigating the uprising. Miller denied that Trump was involved in the Defense Department response was involved, saying the two did not speak that day, but the Democrats have turned to Trump and anyway focused his role in the riots. “The January 6 failures go beyond a man’s greedy lies and provocations,” said new MP Carolyn Maloney York Democrat and chairwoman of the committee. In his testimony, Rosen defended the Justice Department’s preparation and also said there was no evidence of widespread electoral fraud that could result in the results being invalidated. His former boss, William Barr, said the same thing. ___ Washington associate press writer Nomaan Merchant contributed to this report. Eric Tucker and Michael Balsamo, The Associated Press

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