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Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) choked up as he addressed the four police officers testifying at the first hearing of the Jan. 6 select committee, telling them: "Democracies are not defined by our bad days. We're defined by how we come back from bad days."

Why it matters: Kinzinger and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) are the only two Republicans serving on the committee. Kinzinger said that he chose to accept Speaker Pelosi's appointment to the committee "not in spite of my membership in the Republican Party, but because of it."

What they're saying: "This cannot continue to be a partisan fight. I'm a Republican. I'm a conservative. But in order to heal from the damage caused that day, we need to call out the facts," Kinzinger said.

  • "It's time to stop the outrage and the conspiracies that fuel the violence and division in this country, and most importantly, we need to reject those that promote it," he continued.

Kinzinger also addressed Republicans' attempts to compare the Jan. 6 attack to violence during last summer's racial-justice protests, saying: "I condemn those riots and the destruction of property that resulted. But not once did I ever feel that the future of self governance was threatened like I did on Jan. 6."

  • "There is a difference between breaking the law and rejecting the rule of law. Between a crime, even grave crimes, and a coup."

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George W. Bush to headline fundraiser for Liz Cheney

Liz Cheney and former President George W. Bush. Photo: Andrew Harnik/Pool via Xinhua and Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images

Former President George W. Bush will appear as a guest of honor at a fundraiser for Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) next month, Politico first reported.

Why it matters: Bush's presence at the event offers Cheney support from a prominent Republican just weeks after former President Trump endorsed Harriet Hageman, Cheney's challenger in the Wyoming House primary contest.

Jan. 6 select committee subpoenas four Trump aides

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The Jan 6. select committee investigating the deadly Capitol riot has subpoenaed four aides to former President Trump for testimony and documents.

Why it matters: Former White House chief of staff Mark Meadows, former communications official Dan Scavino, former Defense Department official Kash Patel and former Trump adviser Steve Bannon were all in touch "with the White House on or in the days leading up to the January 6th insurrection," the committee said in a release.

Senate GOP pushes DOJ to roll back Trump oversight rule

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Senate Republicans want the Justice Department to roll back Trump-era restrictions on congressional oversight criticized at the time as an attempt to insulate the Trump administration from Democratic investigators, Axios has learned.

Why it matters: While some Republicans spoke out against the DOJ guidance at the time, it was mostly Democrats who attacked it as a constitutionally dubious effort to scuttle congressional oversight. Now the shoe is on the other foot, and the GOP is making similar arguments with Biden in the White House.

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