Josh Hawley seen fleeing pro-Trump mob he ‘riled up’ with fist salute in newly released Jan. 6 footage

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Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri He raised his fist in solidarity With a throng of Trump supporters outside the Capitol on Jan. 6, they were forced to flee rioters in new footage I provided Thursday night. House of Representatives Committee January 6 In a televised hearing.

Hawley can be seen running through a corridor in the Capitol and then briskly making his way down the stairs with his colleagues. The video was captured just hours after the senator was filmed greeting protesters gathered at the security gates near the building.

Senator Josh Hawley, Republican of Missouri, passes through the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.January 6 sessions

Representative Eileen Luria, a Democrat on the Jan. 6 committee, cited interviews with law enforcement in describing how Hawley’s salute “provoked a “crowd stir” and made it difficult for officers to protect the complex from the pro-Trump mob.

Shortly after Hawley made the signal, Luria said, barriers on the east side of the Capitol were breached.

“Later that day, Senator Hawley fled after being stormed by protesters he helped stoke the Capitol,” Luria said. She noted that many people saluted them Join the mob after breaking through the barriers.

Footage of Hawley fleeing during the riots sparked fits of laughter in the committee’s session room.

In the aftermath of the riots, Hawley condemned the violence in the Capitol and said he was simply objecting to voters giving a voice to his voters in Missouri, the state that former President Trump won by 15 percentage points in 2020.

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