Jan. 6 riots hearings to begin with injured cop, filmmaker

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Trump had said that he would pardon rioters charged with deadly assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, if the politician decides to run in the 2024 presidential election and wins…reports Asian Lite News

A police officer injured in the January 6 US Capitol riots by supporters of then President Donald Trump and a filmmaker who recorded some leaders of the riot will be among the first witnesses when hearings into the case begin on Thursday, media reported.

The Democratic-led US House of Representatives Select Committee will attempt to reverse Republican efforts to downplay or deny the violence on Jan. 6, 2021, with five months to go until November 8 midterm elections that will determine which party controls Congress for the next two years, the Reuters reported.

The first public hearing of the committee will begin on Thursday at 8 pm.

The prime time spot is intended to capture the attention of as many Americans as possible, to be shown live on major networks including NBC, ABC and CBS, it was reported.

US Capitol Officer Caroline Edwards, who sustained a traumatic brain injury that has so far prevented her from returning to her previous duties, and Nick Quested, a filmmaker who has captured footage of the right-wing group Proud Boys and documented events that morning, are due to appear.

Five further hearings are expected in the next two weeks.

Earlier, Trump had said that he would pardon rioters charged with deadly assault on the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, if the politician decides to run in the 2024 presidential election and wins.

“If I run and if I win, we will treat those people from January 6 fairly, we will treat them fairly, and if it requires pardons, we will give them pardons because they are being treated so unfairly,” Trump said at a rally in Texas.

Over a year ago, a group of Trump supporters entered the US Capitol to protest the certifying of the 2020 presidential election results from several US states that Trump claimed were fraudulent. US authorities have arrested more than 725 individuals in nearly all 50 states for criminal offences relating to the riot.

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