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Portman Says Investigation On U.S. Capitol Riot Won't Be Viewed As Legitimate By Many Republicans

Trump supporters try to break through a police barrier, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.
Julio Cortez

Republican U.S. Senator Rob Portman said he’s concerned about the U.S. House committee that is looking into the January 6 attack on the nation’s Capitol building. 

Portman said Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi should not have refused to seat two members recommended by House Republicans, including Ohio’s Jim Jordan, a strong supporter of former President Trump.

“That’s not the way to have a bipartisan effort that is viewed as legitimate by both sides and that’s what we need right now," Portman said.

Two Republicans who have spoken out against Trump are on the committee. Portman sat on a Senate panel on security at the Capitol but its scope was not as wide as the House committee’s investigation.

During emotional testimony, four police officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6 vividly recalled the violence they endured while fighting against Donald Trump’s supporters.

In telling their stories Tuesday, the officers said they wanted to set the record straight about the “hell” they experienced.

One officer recalled being beaten and repeatedly shocked with a stun gun. Another feared for his life.

The Jan. 6 insurrection came after then-President Trump held a rally in Washington where he urged his followers to march on the Capitol and “fight like hell.” Yet some Republicans have sought to deny and downplay the carnage that unfolded.

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Jo Ingles is a professional journalist who covers politics and Ohio government for the Ohio Public Radio and Television for the Ohio Public Radio and Television Statehouse News Bureau. She reports on issues of importance to Ohioans including education, legislation, politics, and life and death issues such as capital punishment.