United States Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn delivered an emotional closing statement during the opening hearing of the House of Representatives’ Select Committee that is investigating the insurrection at the United States Capitol on January 6th.
After Dunn and the colleagues with whom he survived the attack shared hours of testimony about their experiences, he closed with the following remarks:
All right. Thank you, Chairman. This has been a sentiment going around that says everybody is trying to make January 6th political. Well, it’s not a secret that it was political. They literally were there to ‘Stop the Steal.’ So when people say it shouldn’t be political, it is. It was and it is. There’s no getting around that. Telling the truth shouldn’t be hard. Fighting for — fighting on January 6th, that was hard. Showing up January 7th, that was hard. The 8th, the 9th and the 10th, all the way until today, that was hard. When the fence came down, that was hard. We lost our layer of protection that we had and the fence came down and still nothing has changed.
He praised Republican Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois as “courageous heroes” for breaking with their party to defend American democracy:
Everything is different, but nothing has changed. Liz Cheney and Adam Kinzinger are being lauded as courageous heroes and while I agree with that notion, why? Because they told the truth? Why is telling the truth hard? I guess in this America it is. Us four officers, we would do January 6th all over again. We wouldn’t stay home because we knew it was going to happen. We would show up. That’s courageous. That’s heroic.
Dunn pleaded with lawmakers to hunt down and bring to justice the “hitmen” who were responsible for the attempted coup:
So what I ask from you all is to get to the bottom of what happened, and that includes, like I echoed the sentiments of the other officers sitting here, I use an analogy to describe what I want it a hit man. If a hit man is hired and kills somebody, the hit man goes to jail. But not only does the hit man go to jail, but the person who hires them does. There was an attack carried out on January 6th, and a hitman sent them. I want you to get to the bottom of that. Thank you.
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