‘I urge all of you in the body, all of you on both sides … to set aside politics just this once’ — Rep. John Katko pleaded with his colleagues to support a commission to investigate the events of Jan 6. For more U.S. politics and Capitol riots coverage, subscribe to NowThis News. #CapitolRiots #CapitolAttack #JohnKatko #Politics #News #NowThis This video "GOP Rep Urges Colleagues to Support Commission to Investigate Capitol Attack", first appeared on https://nowthisnews.com/.
JOHN KATKO: I urge all of you in the body, of you on both sides-- not just my side or not just your side-- all of us to set aside politics just this once. Just this once.
I beg you, and pass this bill. I was a prosecutor for 20 years prior to coming here in Congress, and many times we'd meet at 4:30 in the morning, or 5:00 in the morning, and we'd get ready to go out and do the raids and arrest very, very dangerous people. And I was always the last people to see them before they went out to get these awful dangerous people off the street-- drug dealers, murderers, violent people.
They did their job every day, and I was sending them into harm's way, and it always made my heart sink. Imagine being a family member of these officers who do this. So let's take a deep breath and think about what's really important here. These people, every single day, are willing to lay down their lives for us.
They deserve better, and we're going to deliver this. And we're going to deliver it on behalf of Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick. And we're going to deliver it on behalf of Capitol Police officer Howard Liebengood. And we're going to deliver it on behalf of Capitol Police officer William "Billy" Evans. And we're going to deliver it on behalf of DC Police officer Jeffrey Smith. And we're going to deliver it on behalf of DC officer Michael Fanone, and so many others who struggled with the events of that day.
And we do so on behalf of the people who risked their lives for us and continue, like police officer David Bailey, and Capitol Police officer Crystal Griner. I want these officers and their families to know that we are doing it not for us, and not for politics. We are doing it for them. We're doing it for them.
This legislation is not about partisan politics. It's about finding the truth and addressing the vulnerabilities of our security apparatus so that we can emerge stronger and better prepared.
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