Here are the main lines from the January 6 primetime committee hearing

US Representative Liz Cheney, vice chair of the committee, delivers her opening remarks on Thursday night. (J. Scott Applewhite/AP)

The House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 uprising on Capitol Hill presented some of its preliminary findings at its first prime-time hearing on Thursday.

Here are some key lines from the panel presentation and witness statements:

Thompson: “Our Democracy Remains in Danger”

Democratic Representative Bennie Thompson, chairman of the committee, used part of his opening statement to set the tone for why Americans should be interested in the committee’s findings. Thompson said the insurgency put democracy at risk — and it didn’t stop on January 6, 2021. “The conspiracy to thwart the will of the people is not over,” Thompson said.

Cheney: “Trump summoned the crowd, rallied the crowd and lit the flame of this attack”

GOP Representative Liz Cheney, vice chair of the committee, blamed former President Donald Trump for the January 6 attack on the US Capitol. “At this point, there is no room for debate,” she said during her opening statement. She later said Trump had a “sophisticated seven-part plan” to overthrow the election over the course of several months.

Thompson: “It’s Hard to Watch”

Thompson gave a warning before the committee aired never-before-seen footage of the insurrection. The video showed the violent scenes of that day – protesters smashing windows and pushing through police officers and entering the Capitol.

Official: “Literal blood, sweat and tears were shed that day defending the building”

Capitol Police officer Caroline Edwards, who was injured after being part of a fight involving members of the Proud Boys while defending the US Capitol during the riot, said during her testimony that the day of the insurrection was the first time her patriotism had been questioned. . . She remembered dealing with the aftermath of the attack.

Documentarist: “For those who didn’t understand how violent this event was – I saw it, I documented it and I experienced it”

Documentary filmmaker Nick Quested, a witness who testified during tonight’s hearing, described the violence he saw during the attack on the Capitol. “I documented the crowd shift from protesters to rioters and insurgents. I was surprised by the size of the group, the anger and the swearing,” he told the committee. “I heard incredibly aggressive chants and later shared this footage with authorities,” he continued. The documentarian was incorporated into the Proud Boys for a significant period of time leading up to the January 6 attack.

Cheney: “There will come a day when Donald Trump is gone, but his dishonor will remain”

Cheney left a critical message for his fellow Republicans who are advocating the “indefensible.” Cheney herself faced a big backlash from fellow Republicans for becoming a prominent critic of Trump and his lies about the election result.

Ivanka Trump: “I respect Attorney General Barr, so I accepted what he was saying”

In a clip of recorded testimony shown during the hearing, Ivanka Trump, Trump’s daughter and former aide, said former Attorney General Bill Barr’s statement that the Justice Department had not found enough evidence to overturn the election changed her view. perspective – a statement that contrasts with his father’s repeated claims that the election was stolen.

Barr: “I made it clear that I didn’t agree with the idea of ​​saying the election was stolen and publicizing this stuff, that I told the president was bullshit”

Former Attorney General William Barr said Trump’s allegations of election fraud were “bullshit” in a recording of a closed-door testimony. fraud allegations that Trump was making.

Read the conclusions of today’s hearing here.

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