Jan. 6 Hearings Updates: Capitol Officer Describes Being Trampled by Rioters

Live Updates
  • The House Committee investigating the January 6th Capitol riot will hold its first public hearing Thursday night at 8 p.m. ET.
  • The Committee will give an overview of their findings from the more than 11-month investigation.
  • Evidence includes over 1,000 interviews, official documents, photos and texts. There will also be never-before-seen video and audio.
  • Thursday's first hearing will feature eyewitness testimony from a police officer and documentary filmmaker who recorded the events. There will also be accounts from former President Donald Trump's aides and family members.
  • There will be at least six more hearings over the next few months, with each focusing on a different aspect of the riot that day.
  • House Republican leaders are launching their own investigation into the events at the Capitol. House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the Select Committee "illegitimate."

Live updates for this event have ended.

Jan 6 Committee Hearing
A large group of pro-Trump protesters stand on the East steps of the Capitol Building after storming its grounds on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Jon Cherry/Getty Images

Capitol Officer Describes Being Trampled by Rioters

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards likened a pro-Trump mob's breach of the the Capitol building's west front as "an absolute war zone."

Edwards testified to the House January 6 committee how she and other officers were overpowered by the mob.

She recalled how she was standing with other officers at bike racks used to form barricades near Peace Circle on Pennsylvania Avenue. There, she said, a crowd had gathered to for a rally where former President Donald Trump spoke.

Edwards described how a part of the crowd led by Joe Biggs, a Proud Boy who has since been indicted, grew larger and began to antagonize the officers, asking about their pay scale and if they missed checks during the pandemic.

After calling for backup, Edwards said Ryan Samsel, who has been arrested, began grabbing the bike racks to push through. Edwards tried to stop their advance while backup arrived.

"I felt the bike rack come on top of my head, and I was pushed backwards and my foot caught the stair behind me," she said.

The back of her head clipped the concrete stairs behind her as she fell, knocking her unconscious.

After she came to, Edwards said her "adrenaline kicked in" and she ran to the west front of the Capitol to hold the line. But more people kept coming, she said overpowering the police. As more officers arrived, she said she fell behind a "very thin line" between police and protesters where she tried to help officers who had been pepper sprayed.

"It was something like I'd seen out of the movies," recalled Edwards. "I couldn't believe my eyes. There were officers on the ground. You know, they were bleeding. They were throwing up. I saw friends with blood all over their faces. I was slipping in people's blood."

Kushner: White House Counsel's Resignation Threat 'Whining'

Jared Kushner, Donald Trump's son-in-law, dismissed the seriousness of White House Counsel Pat Cipollone's threat to quit over concerns over the president's behavior.

The House January 6 committee played a clip of Kushner's testimony responding a question by Liz Cheney, a member of the probe, if he was aware Cipollone ever threatened to resign.

"He and his team were always saying, 'Oh, we're going to resign. We're not going to be here if this happens if that happens,'" Kushner said. "So I kind of took it up to just be whining, to be honest with you."

Kushner, who had been working in the White House, said that at the time he was working on processing presidential pardons with White House counsel.

The White House counsel holds a key role, advising the president on all legal matters concerning his administration. Cipollone reportedly threatened to quit over Trump openly considering appointing Justice Department official Jeffrey Clark as attorney general in January 2021. Clark had been open to pursuing Trump's fraud claims even after states had certified the elections.

Speaking during the committee's prime time hearing, Cheney said Cipollone was so "concerned about potentially lawless activity" that he threatened to resign multiple times, which she said "is exceedingly rare and exceedingly serious."

Cheney scoffed at Kushner's response to Cipollone's threat to resign.

"Whining," said Cheney. "There's a reason why people serving in our government take an oath to the Constitution. As our founding fathers recognized democracy is fragile; people in positions of public trust are duty bound to defend it, to step forward when action is required."

For more information, read more here.

Trump Officials, Lawyers Say No Election Fraud

Representative Liz Cheney, vice-chair of the House January 6 committee, played videos of members of Donald Trump's inner circle contradicting their boss' claim the 2020 presidential election was stolen.

In her opening remarks for the committee's prime time hearings, Cheney said it would present evidence that "Trump and his advisers knew that he had in fact lost the election."

Cheney showed one clip of Jason Miller, a senior Trump campaign spokesman, giving testimony where he discussed a call between the campaign's internal data expert and Trump a few days after the 2020 election.

"I remember he delivered to the president in pretty blunt terms that he was going to lose," Miller said in the clip.

Another clip showed Alex Cannon, a Trump campaign lawyer who was responsible for assessing allegations of voter fraud, also giving testimony to the committee undermining the president's claim. The clip shows Cannon describing a call with Trump White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows about election fraud.

"I remember sharing with him that we weren't finding anything that would be sufficient to change the results in any of the key states," Cannon said in the video.

Cannon said Meadows' reaction was "there's no there there."

The committee also showed Trump's Attorney General Bill Barr calling claims of voter fraud "b*****t."

Thompson: January 6 'Violence Was No Accident,' Was Trump's Last Stand

Bennie Thompson, chair of the House January 6 committee, opened Thursday's prime time hearings by drawing a straight line between the attack on the Capitol and former President Donald Trump's attempt to stay in office.

In his opening remarks, Thompson tried to cut through legal jargon, saying the January 6 attacked was the "culmination of an attempted coup."

"The violence was no accident," said Thompson. He called the January 6 attack Trump's "last stand" to prevent the transfer of power after losing the 2020 presidential election to Joe Biden.

Thompson said the committee would present evidence that Trump was in the center of spurring "a mob of domestic enemies of the Constitution" to storm the Capitol.

DeVos Confirms She Discussed 25th Amendment to Remove Trump

Betsy DeVos, former Trump secretary of education, said she and former Vice President Mike Pence discussed invoking a constitutional procedure to remove Donald Trump from the White following the January 6 insurrection.

DeVos confirmed publicly for the first time her discussion with Pence about invoking the 25th Amendment in an interview with USA Today. She said in the interview that the January 6 insurrection "not defensible in any way" and was breaking point with Trump.

The vice president can use the 25th Amendment to take over the presidency if they and a majority of cabinet members back the move.

However, DeVos resigned from her cabinet post on January 7, the same day Pence said he didn't support using the 25th Amendment to remove Trump, the paper reports.

"I spoke with the vice president and just let him know I was there to do whatever he wanted and needed me to do or help with, and he made it very clear that he was not going to go in that direction or that path," DeVos told USA Today. "I spoke with colleagues. I wanted to get a better understanding of the law itself and see if it was applicable in this case. There were more than a few people who had those conversations internally."

DeVos gave the interview in support of her new book Hostages No More: The Fight for Education Freedom and the Future of the American Child.

January 6 Committee Chair: 'Our Democracy Remains in Danger'

Representative Bennie Thompson, a Mississippi Democrat who chairs the January 6 committee, is expected to issue a dire warning as the panel begins its prime time hearings.

According to an excerpt of his statement, Thompson will portray the January 6 insurrection and "lies" that led to it have put the nation's democracy and constitution at risk. Thompson, in his remarks, will make an appeal to all Americans, regardless of political stripes, while portraying the committee's work as upholding the Constitution.

"The Constitution doesn't protect just Democrats or just Republicans," the excerpt reads. "It protects all of us: 'We the People.' And this scheme was an attempt to undermine the will of the people. So tonight, and over the next few weeks, we're going to remind you of the reality of what happened that day."

Thompson is also expected to say that the world is watching the U.S., a long-serving beacon of democracy, and that the threat is not over.

"The conspiracy to thwart the will of the people is not over," reads the excerpt. "There are those in this country who thirst for power but have no love or respect for what makes America great: devotion to the Constitution, allegiance to the rule of law, our shared journey to build a more perfect Union."

How to Watch First Jan. 6 Committee Hearing

The first hearing from the House Committee investigating the Jan. 6 Capitol riot will air publicly Thursday night.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said this hearing will be the "opening narrative" for the Committee's year-long investigation that included over 1,000 interviews and review of text messages, official documents and videos.

Thursday's hearing will include testimony from a Capitol Police officer and a documentary filmmaker who followed the Proud Boys during the riot. The Committee said it will also air previously unseen video footage from Jan. 6.

The televised hearing is set to begin in the Cannon House Office Building at 8 p.m. ET.

The hearing will be broadcast on major networks, including CNN, MSNBC, ABC, NBC and CBS. CSPAN will also stream the hearing live. The Associated Press will also stream the hearing live on YouTube.

Fox News Channel will not offer broad coverage of the hearing. The network said in a news release that it will cover the first series of hearings as "news warrants," but will continue with its regular programing.

Committee to Release 1,000 Riot Witness Transcripts

Department of Justice (DOJ) lawyers said the House Jan. 6 Committee is expected to release transcripts from the witness interviews it has conducted over the course of its investigation, according to reports by CNN and Business Insider.

An attorney with the DOJ noted the anticipated release of transcripts during a Capitol riot-related pretrial hearing for the leader of the Proud Boys, according to Business Insider.

The House select committee has said it interviewed more than 1,000 people over the course of its months-long investigation. All transcripts will be released near summer's end in early September, according to CNN reporter Zachary Cohen.

CNN reported last month that the DOJ asked the committee to share its witness transcripts.

The DOJ is unable to compel the release of those transcripts before the committee decides to make them public, which Business Insider reported will happen around the time that the committee shares its report.

McConnell Slams Dems' Focus on 1/6 Over SCOTUS Bill

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell criticized Democrats on Thursday for focusing attention on the House Jan. 6 Committee's upcoming public hearing while a bill that would heighten security measures for Supreme Court justices awaits action.

McConnell's comments came one day after a man was arrested for allegedly telling authorities he planned to kill Associate Justice Brett Kavanaugh. Law enforcement officials found the suspect with weapons in his possession near Kavanaugh's home in Maryland on Wednesday.

The incident was "exactly why the Senate unanimously passed a Supreme Court security bill weeks ago," McConnell tweeted on Wednesday following remarks he made about the legislation on the Senate floor. Despite the bill's passage in the Senate, "House Democrats have inexplicably blocked it," he said, adding a call for them to pass the legislation "today."

On Thursday, McConnell tweeted that Democrats "want to stage a spectacle about opposing political violence" ahead of the House select committee's first public hearing Thursday night.

"But House Democrats, President Biden, and Attorney General Garland are intentionally blocking and ignoring basic steps to prevent political violence and illegal intimidation of the Supreme Court," McConnell said.

Ryan Kelley Fans Cheer After His Release on Bond

Michigan gubernatorial candidate Ryan Kelley was released on bond Thursday just hours after the FBI arrested him for his alleged involvement in the Capitol riot on January 6, 2021.

The Republican candidate appeared before a judge in Grand Rapids following his arrest. He faces four misdemeanor charges and could serve as many as four years behind bars if he is convicted, according to MLive.com.

The local media outlet shared video footage of the moments captured following Kelley's release on bond. Kelley's supporters had gathered outside the courtroom to await his release and greeted him with cheers as he walked outside.

Kelley could be heard on the video clip thanking his supporters and seen hugging fans as they gathered around him outside. When asked for comment, Kelley told reporters, "We'll talk later."

Biden Calls Capitol Riot a 'Flagrant Violation of the Constitution'

President Joe Biden called the Capitol riot on Jan. 6 a "clear, flagrant violation of the Constitution."

"As I said when it was occurring and subsequent, I think it was a clear, flagrant violation of the Constitution," Biden said during a discussion with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at the Summit of the Americans in Los Angeles Thursday.

He said "these guys broke the law" and "tried to turn around the result of the election."

Biden said Thursday's hearing will "occupy my country tonight."

Many questions remain, Biden said, including "who was responsible and who was involved." The President added that he will not "make a judgment on" who he thinks is responsible.

Biden Jan. 6 Riot
U.S. President Joe Biden said the Jan. 6 hearing will "occupy" his country tonight. Above, Biden delivers remarks at the opening ceremonies of the IX Summit of the Americas at the Microsoft Theater on June 08, 2022 in Los Angeles, California. Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images

MTG Criticizes 'Hollywood Production' Hearing

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene of Georgia criticized the House Jan. 6 Committee's upcoming hearing Thursday evening, calling it a "cut and paste Hollywood production."

Speaking on the House floor hours before the hearing was to begin, Taylor Greene said there are many questions the committee has yet to investigate or share information on, and encouraged its members to release full surveillance footage captured inside the Capitol Building on January 6, 2021.

"There's surveillance cameras all over this building," Taylor Greene said. "If we really want to know the truth about January 6, it's real easy: All we have to do is release the video footage and everyone can see for themselves what exactly happened."

"I think the American people deserve that while they have to watch and go through this big, cinematic production tonight, and carrying on for weeks and weeks and weeks," she continued. "And the American people pay for it, by the way. The American people deserve to see all, all the video surveillance, not just the little cut and pasted pieces that then January 6 Committee is going to show tonight."

Taylor Greene concluded her comments by suggesting the hearing would "not be truthful."

"If we are supposed to represent the American people, and we're supposed to do a good job and uphold this place with honor and keep its reputation good for the people we serve, then we should be truthful," Taylor Greene said. "But what's about to happen tonight is not going to be truthful. It's going to be a political narrative, and it's all for politics, and it is sickening."

Taylor Greene shared a nearly nine-minute clip of her speech on Twitter with accompanying text about the hearing being a "Hollywood production."

"The American people deserve to know exactly what happened on January 6th, 2021," she tweeted. "That won't happen with the cut and paste Hollywood production we're going to see tonight. Release all the tapes, let the American people know the truth!"

Georgia Secretary of State to Testify

Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger is expected to appear before the House Jan. 6 Committee later this month to testify.

A source with knowledge about the plans told The Atlanta-Journal Constitution that Raffensperger and Gabriel Sterling, the chief operating officer for Raffensperger's office, will both testify before the committee later in June. Both Raffensperger and Sterling were subpoenaed, the paper reported.

Raffensperger and Sterling, both Georgia Republicans, received widespread media attention during the 2020 Presidential election and in the months that followed. After President Joe Biden won Georgia by a narrow margin in 2020, former President Donald Trump raised allegations of voter fraud and reportedly encouraged Raffensperger in his position as the state's top election official to "find" votes.

The select committee's public hearings begin Thursday night, during which a U.S. Capitol Police officer and documentary filmmaker are expected to testify. The committee is also slated to preview future hearings on Thursday.

Brad Raffensperger to testify
Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger holds a press conference on the status of ballot counting on November 6, 2020 in Atlanta, Georgia. Jessica McGowan/Getty Images

Trump Says Pelosi Denied His Request to Send in National Guard

Former President Donald Trump takes aim at the Jan. 6 Committee's investigation ahead of tonight's public hearing.

He said the investigation should have been on the "rigged and stolen" election, not the Capitol riot.

"The Unselect Committee didn't spend one minute studying the reason that people went to Washington, D.C., in massive numbers, far greater than the Fake News Media is willing to report, or that the Unselects are willing to even mention, because January 6th was simply not a protest," Trump wrote on his Truth Social account Thursday morning. "It represented the greatest movement in the history of our Country to Make America Great Again."

Trump said the demonstration Jan. 6 was about the "rigged and stolen" election and "a country that was about to go to HELL," adding, "look at our Country now!"

He also claims Democratic leaders like House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser denied his request to send in additional law enforcement troops during the riot.

"The Unselect Committee has now learned that I, as President, suggested & offered up to 20,000 National Guard, or troops, be deployed in D.C. because it was felt that the crowd was going to be very large," Trump said on Truth Social.

Trump said "Crazy Nancy Pelosi" turned down the offer because "she didn't like the way it looked." He said that if had taken his offer, "there would have been no January 6th."

McCarthy Blasts Publication of Democrat's Report on Amazon

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said the Republican's report on the Jan. 6 investigation will come out "soon."

When asked about the timeline, he made a reference to publishing the report on Amazon.

"So if you're asking if we already have on Amazon for people to purchase the report end of day—no, I know, but that's what the Democrats have, so I mean, if you're wondering if ours is going to be political like that, no," McCarthy said.

McCarthy added that their report will "come out soon" and they will alert he media when that will be.

The Committee will publish a book of their final report on the Jan. 6 Capitol riot that will be available for purchase on Amazon on Sept. 13, 2022 for about $17. There is a foreword by Darren Beattie, former speechwriter for Donald Trump and editor of Revolver News.

There is also a version of the final report in collaboration with Celadon Books and The New Yorker.

According to the Amazon description, "The January 6th Report" will provide the results of investigations into "interference with the peaceful transfer of power," the preparedness and response of law enforcement and "influencing factors that fomented the insurrection and attack on American representative democracy engaged in a constitutional process."

The report "will be required reading for everyone with interest in American politics, for every 2020 voter, and every American," the description said.

Kevin McCarthy
U.S. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) speaks as (L-R) Rep. Kelly Armstrong (R-ND), Rep. Troy Nehls (R-TX), Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), and House Republican Conference Chair Rep. Elise Stefanik (R-NY) listen during a news conference at the U.S. Capitol June 9, 2022 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

Fox News 'Will Lie' About Hearings, Seth Meyers Says

Seth Meyers said it is not a surprise that Fox News has decided against airing the House Jan. 6 Committee's primetime hearing live on Thursday evening because the network "constantly says the opposite" of what will likely be said.

Fox News "will lie" about what occurred on January 6, 2021, the late night host predicted Wednesday during his "A Closer Look" segment on "Late Night with Seth Meyers."

"It doesn't surprise me that Fox isn't airing the hearings," Meyers said. "Fox is news the same way that 'The Kardashians' is reality."

Meyers went on to say that the network's decision is not surprising because "Fox constantly says the opposite of what the hearings will say."

"The committee will lay out the truth of what happened and Fox will lie," Meyere said. "It's that simple."

Meyers contrasted the conclusions he said the hearings will draw with those he said are likely to be drawn by Fox News.

"The hearings will say January 6 was a violent insurrection fomented by an outgoing president who nearly pulled off a detailed plan for an attempted coup to unlawfully cling to power that would have installed him as an unelected autocrat and destroyed American democracy," Meyers said. "And Fox will say it was just a pro-freedom patriot party where everyone peacefully toured the Capitol like they were on a school field trip having to find items their teachers gave them on a worksheet."

Committee a 'Trojan Horse' to End Electoral College

Democrats are attempting to use the House Jan. 6 Committee hearing as a "Trojan horse" to push parts of their agenda, Rep. Jim Banks said Thursday.

Speaking alongside other Republican leaders during a press conference held hours ahead of the select committee's first evening of public hearings, Banks described the committee as a "fraud."

He said it is "already very abundantly clear" that the committee is not investigating the events that occurred on January 6, 2021. Instead, Banks said Democrats are using the committee to target the Electoral College, former President Donald Trump and Trump's supporters.

"They're trying to use this select committee as a Trojan horse to abolish the Electoral College, to intimidate President Trump's aides, to block him from ever appearing on the ballot again and to prevent his supporters from participating in American democracy," Banks said.

The Indiana Congressman went on to note how gas prices in his hometown have reached record highs in recent days, as have most other towns and cities across the U.S.

Despite rising gas prices and other economic stressors, "the Democrats' top priority is an hour-long made-for-TV special attacking President Trump," Banks said.

"Americans aren't buying it. Voters see that, even after nearly two years of Joe Biden, the Democrats still refuse to lead. They refuse to take responsibility for the serious economic difficulties that they have created."

Banks then reminded listeners that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi had rejected House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy's nomination of Banks and fellow Republican Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio to serve on the committee.

"No speaker in history has ever done something as partisan as that," Banks said.

FBI Arrests Michigan Gubernatorial Candidate

A Republican running for governor in Michigan was arrested at his home by the FBI for his alleged connected to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The Department of Justice confirmed Ryan Kelley was arrested on misdemeanor charges related to the Capitol breach. Kelley has previously said he was at the riot, but did not go inside the Capitol.

According to court documents from the FBI, Kelley was recorded on video waving to the crowd and directing them towards the stairs leading to the building.

He allegedly used his phone to "film the crowd assaulting and pushing past U.S. Capitol police officers" and was part of the crowd that climbed stairs to a Capitol entrance after the police retreated, a document obtained by the Associated Press states.

Kelley is being charged with disruptive conduct, damaging federal property, committing violence against a person or property on restricted grounds and entering restricted grounds without legal authorization.

The real estate broker will make his initial appearance Thursday afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan.

Kelley is one of five candidates on the ballot in the August Republican primary for governor. The winner of that election will face off Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer in the fall.

In 2020, Kelley spoke at a "Stop the Steal" rally, pushing the "Big Lie" that Donald Trump won the presidential election. He also organized a protest with armed militias outside the Michigan Capitol.

Ryan Kelley Arrested
Ryan Kelley, a Republican gubernatorial candidate, speaks to conservative activists that are demanding another investigation into former President Donald Trump's loss during a rally on Feb. 8, 2022 outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing, Mich. Jake May/The Flint Journal via AP

Committee Won't Prevent Another Jan. 6, Stefanik Says

The House Jan. 6 Committee won't stop an event like the one that occurred on January 6, 2021, from happening again in the future, Rep. Elise Stefanik of New York said during a Thursday press conference held by House Republican leaders.

The House Republican Conference chair described the "illegitimate" committee as a "sham" and said its "sole purpose is to punish Democrats' political opponents."

"It will not prevent another January 6 from happening," Stefanik said. "It is not about finding out why Nancy Pelosi left the Capitol so ill-prepared on that day. And it does absolutely nothing to address the numerous crises Americans are suffering from every single day because of Joe Biden's and Nancy Pelosi's far-left radical agenda."

Stefanik went on to say House Democrats do not have a plan for how to address issues like inflation, high gas prices and the baby formula shortage, all of which she said Americans struggle with every day.

Instead, Stefanik said Democrats "are desperately, shamelessly, trying to change the narrative."

McCarthy Calls Committee Illegitimate, Political, Divisive

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy called the House Jan. 6 Select Committee political and illegitimate.

"Speaker Pelosi's Select Committee on January 6 is unlike any other committee in American history," he said Thursday during a press conference. "In fact, it is the most political and least legitimate committee in American history."

McCarthy said the Committee refused to investigate the "real circumstances" that led to the riot.

He said the Committee has "permanently damaged the House" and divided the country.

"It is a smokescreen for Democrats to push their radical agenda," he said.

McCarthy said the hearing is a distraction from the issues of high inflation, record-high gas prices, the baby formula shortage and an "unsecure" border.

He said that the violence at the Capitol was "wrong" and that Republicans have "repeatedly denounced it."

"Keeping the Capitol safe is not the point of the select committee," he said.

McCarthy said Pelosi rejected the minority's picks for representatives to sit on the committee, including Jim Banks and Jim Jordan. He said this goes against a 232-year precedent in the House.

There are two Republicans on the Committee; Representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois.

Instead, McCarthy said Pelosi appointed "radical" Democrats like Chairman Bennie Thompson and Representatives Jamie Raskin and Adam Schiff.

He accused Democrats of using the Jan. 6 Capitol riot to "avoid accountability" for making the country less safe, referencing recent elections California.

Despite Pelosi rejecting their ability to participate, McCarthy said House Republicans will continue to conduct their own investigation into the events on Jan. 6.

Pelosi Says She Has Kept Her Distance from House Committee

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said tonight's Jan. 6 hearing will be an opening narration to the investigation.

During her weekly press briefing, Pelosi said the first hearing will be the "opening narrative" of what happened that day.

She called the Capitol riot an assault of democracy and Congress to "undermine the Constitution of the United States" on a day for "peaceful transition of power."

Pelosi also said she has not been involved in the Committee's investigation.

"I've kept my distance from the committee, so I'll be watching just like everyone else is," she said.

Pelosi Briefing
U.S. Speaker of the House Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) speaks during a weekly news conference at the U.S. Capitol on June 9, 2022 in Washington, DC. Alex Wong/Getty Images

USCP Officer Injured in Riot to Testify

U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) Officer Caroline Edwards is expected to testify before the House Jan. 6 Committee Thursday night.

Edwards was the first law enforcement official to suffer an injury as the riot unfolded, according to the committee. She suffered what the committee described as a "traumatic brain injury" while on duty that day but continued to patrol the West Plaza at the Capitol Building despite her injury.

Edwards has not been able to rejoin her unit due to the injuries she suffered the day of the Capitol riot but is hoping to resume work with the unit later this year, the committee said.

"Our officers heroically answered the call on January 6th," the committee said in a Wednesday evening tweet. "Even after suffering a traumatic brain injury, U.S. Capitol Police Officer Caroline Edwards fought off rioters trying to storm the Capitol. On Thursday, she testifies before the Select Committee and the American people."

According to the committee, Edwards is from Atlanta and graduated cum laude from the University of Georgia. She was working in public relations before joining the USCP, where she became part of the department's First Responder Unit.

Over 1,000 People Interviewed by House Committee

The House Jan. 6 Committee interviewed more than 1,000 people directly and indirectly involved with the Capitol riot.

Many of those people will testify during public hearings as the committee presents its findings.

During the first hearing Thursday night, the committee will hear from documentary filmmaker Nick Quested, who was recording members of the Proud Boys as they stormed the Capitol, and Caroline Edwards, a Capitol Police officer who was injured during the riot.

Members of former President Donald Trump's family, top White House aides and other lower-level staffers and government officials who attended key meetings and have specific knowledge were also interviewed.

Members of Trump's family and inner-circle:

  • Members of Trump's family, including children Ivanka Trump and Donald Trump Jr., and Ivanka's husband, Jared Kushner
  • Former White House Press Secretaries Kayleigh McEnany and Stephanie Grisham
  • Trump's former senior policy adviser Stephen Miller
  • Former White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows declined to be interviewed, but provided text messages. His aides were interviewed

Members of Vice President Mike Pence's inner-circle:

  • Former Vice President Mike Pence's Chief of Staff Marc Short
  • Pence's national security adviser Keith Kellogg
  • Pence's former communications aide Alyssa Farah
  • Pence's chief counsel Greg Jacob

Republican lawmakers:

  • Representative Jim Jordan of Ohio
  • Representative Scott Perry of Pennsylvania
  • Representative Andy Biggs of Arizona
  • Representative Mo Brooks of Alabama
  • House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy
  • These lawmakers spoke with Trump or White House officials that day. None of them have complied

Justice Department officials:

  • Former Attorney General Bill Barr
  • Former acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and his deputy, Richard Donoghue
  • Jeffrey Clark, a former Justice Department official who was sympathetic to Trump as he tried to overturn the vote, according to the Associated Press

Rioters and rally organizers:

  • Stewart Rhodes, the founder and leader of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group
  • Amy and Kylie Kremer, founders of Women for America First, a group that helped organize the rally
  • Cynthia Chafian, an organizer who submitted the first permit for the rally
  • Caroline Wren, who the committee says was listed on permit paperwork for the Jan. 6 rally as a "VIP Advisor"
  • Maggie Mulvaney, who the panel says was listed on the permit as "VIP Lead"

House GOP Leaders to Speak Amid Alternative Jan 6 Report

House Republicans will hold a press conference Thursday ahead of the Jan. 6th hearing.

Republican leaders, led by Representative Jim Banks of Indiana, are planning an alternative report on who to blame for the attack on the Capitol. Their targets include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, the FBI, the National Guard and then-House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said last July that Republicans would "pursue our own investigation of the facts" about the events of that day in order to "get to the real answers."

A spokesperson for McCarthy told Business Insider that the report will have "facts as to why the Capitol was so unprepared" as well as "recommendations the House should take up to prevent this from happening in the future."

The press conference will stream live on CSPAN at 11:30 a.m. ET.