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House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) speaking with reporters in Washington, D.C., in May 2021. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

Capitol Police officers asked House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) to publicly denounce some members of his delegation for their comments on the Capitol insurrection in a meeting Friday, the Washington Post reports.

Why it matters: Officer Michael Fanone, who suffered a heart attack and traumatic brain injury after being attacked by Trump supporters during the Jan. 6 riots, has wanted to meet with McCarthy and other Republicans since they opposed the creation of a 9/11 style commission to investigate the attack, according to AP.

Driving the news: Fanone and Harry Dunn, another Capitol Police officer who was on the scene that day, asked McCarthy to publicly denounce the 21 House Republicans who voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to officers who defended the Capitol.

  • The two officers also asked the GOP leader to publicly condemn Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.), who compared the insurrection to a "normal tourist visit," and condemn conspiracy theories that the FBI was behind the attack.
  • They pushed McCarthy to seriously consider House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) recently announced select committee, which will investigate the riots.

What they're saying: The two officers called the meeting "emotional" and a "meaningful discussion."

  • "We want accountability and justice," Dunn told reporters after the meeting, per the Post. "That’s what we’re looking for — and recognition for every officer that day."
  • "As the leader of the House Republican Party, it’s important to hear those denouncements publicly," Fanone added.

McCarthy said he would speak to his members privately, the officers said.

A spokesperson for Pelosi released a statement shortly after the meeting, calling McCarthy's resistance to publicly condemning his members "troubling."

  • "McCarthy's behavior in Friday's meeting is just the latest example of House Republicans' growing contempt for police and law enforcement officers who keep us safe," the statement read.

The big picture: Some of McCarthy's colleagues have sought to downplay the severity of the riot by suggesting that Trump supporters were not responsible for the rampage.

  • While Republicans would have had equal control over the blocked commission, it's unlikely they will have the same leverage over the House select committee investigation.

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Senate offices closing ahead of "Justice for J6" demonstration

Security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of a planned "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C.. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.

U.S. Capitol Police seek National Guard support ahead of Sept. 18 rally

Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The U.S. Capitol Police asked the Department of Defense to provide support in the form of National Guard troops should they become necessary during a rally at the Capitol scheduled for Saturday.

Why it matters: The USCP previously said it is "closely monitoring" the event, known as "Justice for J6," which is being held in support of individuals arrested for storming the Capitol on Jan. 6.

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FDA advisory panel recommends Pfizer boosters for those 65 and older

A healthcare worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech Covid-19 vaccine at the Key Biscayne Community Center on Aug. 24, 2021. Photo: Eva Marie Uzcategui/Bloomberg via Getty Images

A key Food and Drug Administration advisory panel on Friday overwhelmingly voted against recommending Pfizer vaccine booster shots for younger Americans, but unanimously recommended approving the third shots for individuals 65 and older, as well as those at high-risk of severe COVID-19.

Why it matters: While the votes are non-binding, and the FDA must still make a final decision, Friday's move pours cold water on the Biden administration's plan to begin administering boosters to most individuals who received the Pfizer vaccine later this month.