Fact check: Post falsely claims Pelosi is blocking Capitol Police officers from testifying
The claim: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi won't let Capitol Police testify about what happened on Jan. 6
After the U.S. House voted to form a committee to investigate the attack on the U.S. Capitol, one social media user claimed House Speaker Nancy Pelosi is preventing police officers from testifying about what took place on Jan. 6.
The select committee came after Senate Republicans, who say a committee is unnecessary and political, blocked a bill that would have created an outside commission to investigate the insurrection.
Supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed Capitol Hill in an attempt to halt the certification of the 2020 election results, resulting in deaths, vandalism, injuries and at least 535 arrests. Unproven voter fraud claims fueled the riot.
"Pelosi won't let Capitol police testify about what happened Jan 6," reads a July 4 Facebook post with more than 600 shares. "That tells you everything you need to know."
But this claim is fabricated. Pelosi, D-Calif., is not stopping U.S. Capitol Police officers from testifying about the attack. Democrats have already said those officers will be key witnesses before the committee.
USA TODAY reached out to the Facebook user for comment.
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Hearing will include testimony from Capitol Police
Drew Hammill, deputy chief of staff and spokesman for Pelosi, told USA TODAY the claim is "completely false."
He noted that Rep. Bennie Thompson, D-Miss., chairman of the committee, announced on July 1 that his intention was to invite Capitol Police officers to testify at the first hearing of the committee.
"Although we eagerly await the arrival of our five other colleagues, many of us hope to begin the process with a hearing in which Capitol Police officers themselves could be able to testify about their experiences," Thompson told reporters after a meeting in Pelosi’s office.
Thompson said a hearing has not been scheduled, but beginning the process this way "makes a positive statement to the men and women who put their lives on the line."
Additionally, Pelosi invited Capitol Police Officer Harry Dunn, and D.C. Metro Police Officers Michael Fanone and Daniel Hodges to sit in the House gallery to watch the select committee vote on June 30.
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Our rating: False
The claim that Pelosi is not letting Capitol Police testify about what happened on Jan. 6 is FALSE, based on our research. This claim is a complete reversal of reality, as Republicans have pushed to stop a hearing from occurring while Democrats have pushed to have a hearing, including testimony from officers on the scene Jan. 6. Pelosi's office said the claim is not true, and Thompson announced that the first hearing will include witness testimony from Capitol Police officers who witnessed the Jan. 6 attack.
Our fact-check sources:
Politifact, July 7, No, Nancy Pelosi isn't blocking Capitol police officers from testifying about Jan. 6
The Hill, July 1, First hearing of Jan. 6 probe to feature Capitol Police testimony
Drew Hammill, July 8, email exchange with USA TODAY
Speaker.gov, July 1, Members of Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol Remarks at Media Availability
USA TODAY, June 30, House creates Capitol riot committee to investigate Jan. 6. GOP Reps. Liz Cheney, Adam Kinzinger vote with Democrats
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