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Search for the truth brings tears

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I don’t need a hearing to tell me what happened on Jan. 6 at the U.S. Capitol, which was stormed by an armed mob. But the nation needs a reckoning on that deadly day.

It was a moment history will never forget, a presidential attack on an equal branch of government, Congress. This I can tell you: It was not a drill, nor a sightseeing lark.

I felt something bad would happen, but there I was to witness the saddest story I’ve ever seen.

A House select committee held its first hearing Tuesday on the event. Four police officers gave heartrending testimony on their beatings, injuries and lasting trauma.

A Republican congressman, Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, was moved to tears.

“We never imagined this could happen,” he said. “This was a democracy-defending moment.”

Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney of Wyoming were the only House Republicans serving on the panel, defying their party leaders.

The mob meant to lynch then-Vice President Mike Pence and make Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi go the way of Henry VIII’s second........

© The Leader Herald

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