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Reactions To U.S. House Committee Investigating Capitol Hill Riot

Political experts unpack today’s hearing, our understanding of what happened on January 6th, and the role of the hearing in history.

Julio Cortez, AP Photo
FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021 file photo, violent rioters try to break through a police barrier at the Capitol in Washington. U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell would later testify during the first hearing of the select committee investigating the insurrection, that he and other officers were “punched, pushed, kicked, shoved, sprayed with chemical irritants and even blinded with eye-damaging lasers.”


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“For most people, January 6th happened for a few hours ... But for those of us who were in the thick of it, it has not ended.”
Those are the words of Capitol police officer Aquilino Gonell, as he testified this morning during the first hearing of the January 6th Insurrection Committee.

Gonell and three other officers each gave opening statements and answered questions from committee members – recounting the physical and verbal assaults from rioters that day.

Today, experts help us unpack today's hearing and our understanding of what happened on January 6th.


Dr. Robert Pape

  • Founding Director of Chicago Project on Security and Threats
  • Professor of Political Science at the University of Chicago
  • Analyzed the demographics of the 377 individuals arrested for the attack in a published study called "UNDERSTANDING AMERICAN DOMESTIC TERRORISM"

Dr. Jeremi Suri

  • Mack Brown Distinguished Chair for Leadership in Global Affairs
  • Professor in the Department of History and the LBJ School at the University of Texas at Austin

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