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Brown Praises U.S. Capitol January 6 Committee, Questions GOP Criticism

Supporters of then-President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.
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Supporters of then-President Donald Trump gather outside the U.S. Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington.

Ohio’s Democratic U.S. Senator Sherrod Brown said he’s talked to U.S. Capitol and Washington DC police officers who provided powerful testimony earlier this week at the U.S. House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the nation’s Capitol.

Brown calls the police officers heroes and said he doesn’t understand Republican backlash at this committee, which includes two GOP critics of former president Donald Trump.

“I don’t know why one political party thinks they should cover this up instead of really understanding what happened and did members of Congress contribute to this happening. Did the president of the United States? What was his role in this?” Brown said.

Ohio’s GOP Sen. Rob Portman (R-OH) is among those saying Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) shouldn’t have refused to add Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH) and another Republican to the committee.

But Brown said almost every Republican voted against bipartisan hearings so Pelosi moved forward. And he said, "she didn't want this to be a circus, which it would have been if "ultra conservative radical members of Congress, including some apparently from Ohio" were seated.

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