Politics Michael Fanone: DC Police officer injured in Capitol riot says he is meeting with McCarthy on Friday
A Republican congressman refused to shake hands with a DC police officer beaten by Trump loyalists on Jan. 6, according to 2 House members
Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell and Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger reported Fanone's interaction with Rep. Andrew Clyde via Twitter on Tuesday.Rep. Eric Swalwell, a California Democrat, tweeted that Fanone approached Clyde at the Capitol and introduced himself as "someone who fought to defend the Capitol," but Clyde refused to shake his outstretched hand. Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican, tweeted shortly after that he'd called Fanone and "confirmed" the story.
DC Metropolitan Police Officerwho was badly injured on January 6 and initially requested a meeting with House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy last month, told CNN he has secured a meeting with the GOP Leader for Friday afternoon.
Fanone, who was stun-gunned several times and beaten with a flagpole during the riot, had made several attempts to meet with the California Republican to discuss the insurrection, according to Democratic Rep. Eric Swalwell. Onlast month, Swalwell said that Fanone was "very upset" about having not yet secured a meeting with McCarthy.
Michael Fanone: Officer injured in Capitol riot blasts GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde's behavior as 'disgusting' after tense exchange
A DC Metropolitan Police officer who defended the US Capitol on January 6 blasted GOP Rep. Andrew Clyde on Wednesday evening for what he called "disgusting" behavior during a tense exchange. © Olivier Douliery/AFP/Getty Images Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they storm the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021. - Donald Trump's supporters stormed a session of Congress held today, January 6, to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup.
CNN has reached out to McCarthy's office.
Fanone suffered a heart attack and a concussion during the insurrection and is dealing with a traumatic brain injury and post-traumatic stress disorder.
The officer has been vocal in recent months aboutand the false claims that fueled it, and he has publicly criticized some Republican lawmakers for their post-riot actions, including Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for his efforts to rally GOP senators in opposition to a bill that would have created an independent bipartisan January 6 commission to investigate the circumstances of the attack.
Last week,for what he called "disgusting" behavior during a tense exchange in the Capitol. The officer said Clyde, who was one of 21 House Republicans who voted against legislation to award the Congressional Gold Medal to the officers who had defended the Capitol, refused to shake his hand after he introduced himself as one of the DC officers who was injured in the attack.
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"It's not my expectation, given Kevin McCarthy's past practice, that he will do anything other than bend the knee to Donald Trump," said the House Democratic Caucus chair.House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the formation of the new House select committee on Thursday, after a bipartisan effort to form a commission giving Democrats and Republicans equal representation was blocked in the Senate last month. The California Democrat said the committee will "investigate and report on the facts and the causes of the attack and it will report recommendations for the prevention of any future attack.