.@LeaderHoyer: "We are going to proceed. If the speaker decides to withhold the 3 and name 2 others, so be it, we're going to proceed and we're going to get the facts and get those facts known to the American people and it will be widely covered. There will be a lot of witnesses"
Hoyer: "And we're going to find out the who, the what, the where and the why that for the first time in history, Americans, Trump signs waving, stopped the business of the congress of the United States. An insurrection. And from my view, a treasonous act."
Hoyer: Your side had the opportunity to increase funding for the Capitol Police... and did your side decide to do? To a person, they voted no. We passed legislation to make the Capitol more secure and our police safer, we passed it, not with a single one of your votes.
Republicans had their opportunity and just as they rejected the 5/5 membership [of cmte], they rejected support of the Capitol Police and 17 of them voted against giving them a gold medal. Why? Because the insurrection was mentioned in the resolution.
Hoyer, with very heavy sarcasm: And of course "There was no insurrection, it was a tourist visit as they ambled through the halls..."
"If you saw what happened that day and you believe that, it is impossible for me to understand why."
Hoyer: Your leader has decided he's going to withdraw the 3 [other names offered for 1/6 cmte] but that's not going to stop us.
Scalise responds, says he's the most vocal about supporting Cap Police.
Scalise voted against funding.
All GOP did.
Here's the roll from when all Republicans voted against increasing funding for Capitol security and police:

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#BREAKING Chairman of the select 1/6 committee, Bennie Thompson, names the senior staff investigating the attack on the Capitol: David Buckley, Kristin Amerling, Hope Goins, Candyce Phoenix and Tim Mulvey.
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The initial bipartisan commission proffered by Thompson and Katko would have given D's the right to choose 5, and R's the right to choose 5, with D's choosing the chair with R's choosing the vice chair.
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I am going to make it very easy for my readers. When lawmakers lie or spread disinfo about the events of 1.6, I will check them in my reporting. I dont care if you are a Democrat or a Republican. I would like to get to the bottom of what happened & go wherever that may lead.
Some lawmakers are very deft at distorting facts and that can make my work trickier. But that is the nature of this beast and I am committed to, at the very, very least, not promoting conspiracy or peddling outrage for clicks and likes on a platform that could vanish tomorrow.
I think covering Trump, two impeachments, Manafort's trials and a year of pandemic undeniably worsened by the former administration's laissez faire approach, is an excellent testing ground for properly covering the probe of an insurrection.
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