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A Washington police officer who suffered a coronary heart attack and a mind harm after being beaten by Trump supporters through the lethal Capitol attack emerged from assembly the House Republican chief, Kevin McCarthy, on Friday to inform reporters: “I need a drink.”
“This experience for me is not something that I enjoy doing,” Michael Fanone said. “I don’t want to be up here on Capitol Hill. I want to be with my daughters.”
Ten Republicans in the House voted to question Donald Trump for inciting the attack on 6 January. But Trump was acquitted in the Senate and beneath McCarthy the House caucus has remained in line behind the previous president and his lie that his defeat by Joe Biden was the results of electoral fraud.
Fanone, of the Washington Metropolitan police, rushed to the Capitol when the mob attacked. Beaten and hit with a stun gun, he has since turn into a main voice looking for accountability.
He visited McCarthy on Friday with Harry Dunn, a member of the US Capitol police, and Gladys Sicknick, the mom of Brian Sicknick, a Capitol police officer who died after the attack.
Fanone mentioned he requested the minority chief to “denounce the 21 House Republicans that voted against the gold medal bill”, a transfer by Congress to recognise the bravery of those that fought to defend it.
He additionally mentioned he requested McCarthy to publicly disavow a remark by Andrew Clyde, a congressman from Georgia who claimed the mob had been as nicely-behaved as vacationers.
“I found those remarks to be disgusting,” mentioned Fanone, who mentioned earlier this month Clyde refused to talk to him when confronted on Capitol Hill.
“I also asked [McCarthy] to publicly denounce the baseless theory that the FBI was behind the 6 January insurrection,” Fanone mentioned.
Tucker Carlson, a primetime Fox News host, is amongst those that have unfold that conspiracy concept.
McCarthy “said he would address it at a personal level, with some of those members,” Fanone mentioned. “I think that as the leader of the House Republican party, it’s important to hear those denouncements publicly.”
McCarthy didn’t remark. Earlier in the week, the minority chief mentioned Fanone had not tried to schedule a assembly. Fanone said that was “bullshit”.
Some rioters sought lawmakers, together with then vice-president Mike Pence, to seize or kill. Some introduced weapons and explosives to Washington. This week the legal professional basic, Merrick Garland, said 500 folks have been arrested. Christopher Wray, the FBI director, mentioned there are “hundreds more investigations still ongoing”.
Nonetheless, final month Senate Republicans blocked the formation of an impartial, 9/11-model investigatory fee. On Thursday Nancy Pelosi, the Democratic House speaker, mentioned she would kind a choose committee.
Dunn advised reporters McCarthy “did commit to taking [the committee] serious, once he heard from the speaker about it”.
Fanone mentioned he noticed his efforts “as an extension of my service on 6 January”.