As His Members Deny 1/6 Insurrection, McCarthy Refuses to Meet With Police Officer Who Fought Off Rioters
As multiple Members of the House Republican Conference claim that the January 6th attack on the Capitol was a “normal tourist visit,” “not an insurrection” and carried out by “peaceful patriots,” Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy is refusing to meet with DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone who suffered a heart attack, concussion and traumatic brain injury while fighting to protect the Capitol from insurrectionists.
A [D.C. Police] officer who has spoken publicly about his experience during the Jan. 6 Capitol riot was given the cold shoulder by the leader of House Republicans when the policeman called to talk about the attempted insurrection, according to another member of Congress. Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) took to Twitter on Wednesday to upbraid House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA). “I just spoke with a very upset Officer Michael Fanone… Fanone has made multiple requests to talk to @GOPLeader. He wants to show McCarthy what he experienced on 1/6. Today he was hung up on by McCarthy’s staff,” Swalwell wrote.
During remarks to the media on Thursday, Speaker Pelosi discussed her meeting with Officer Fanone and urged Minority Leader McCarthy to accept the officer’s meeting request.
Body cam footage released yesterday shows insurrectionists celebrating after injuring Officer Fanone during their attack.
Officer Fanone has publicly spoken about the difficulty of watching elected officials “whitewash” the insurrection. He has made repeated attempts to speak with Minority Leader McCarthy about his experience during the attack.
As House Republicans continue to attempt to coverup the attack, former House Republican Conference Chair Liz Cheney advocated this morning for a January 6th commission and criticized Republicans who oppose a narrowly focused commission stating: “narrow focus threatens people in my party who may have been playing a role they should not have been playing.”
His refusal to meet with Officer Fanone – who was grievously injured putting his life on the line to protect the lives of everyone in the Capitol, including McCarthy’s life – is shameful.