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Tim and David Gosar, the brothers of Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.), appeared on CNN Thursday to apologize "on behalf of the actual sane members of our family" for the GOP lawmaker's incendiary claims about Capitol Police and the Jan. 6 riot.

Why it matters: Gosar claimed in a House hearing this week that pro-Trump rioter Ashli Babbitt was "executed" by a Capitol Police officer who was "lying in wait." He is one of 21 Republicans who voted against awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to all law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot.

  • Gosar, who is estranged from his family, has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the Jan. 6 attack.
  • The Arizona Republican spent weeks promoting false claims about the election and telling Trump supporters that the results could be overturned.

What they're saying: "First off, I'd like to thank Officer Fanone and the other Capitol Hill police officers for their bravery and heroism on that day," David Gosar told CNN. "And on behalf of the actual sane members of our family, which is everyone but Paul, we apologize on behalf of our family for his despicable comments and disgraceful behavior through this whole incident."

  • "Once you lose your focus on the truth, once you become someone that peddles in lies, once you become basically a snake oil salesman, the truth is a really slippery thing to get your arms around. It's really hard to go back to the truth once you become a pathological liar like Paul has become," Tim Gosar added.
  • Both Gosar brothers called for a full investigation by Congress and the Justice Department into the potential role of Gosar and other Republicans in inciting the Capitol attack.

Go deeper: GOP lawmaker refuses to shake hand of officer who protected Capitol on Jan. 6

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Cheney slams GOP Rep. Gosar for saying Capitol Police officer "executed" Capitol rioter

Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) during a news conference on June 15. Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.) accused Rep. Paul Gosar (R-Ariz.) Tuesday of lying about the Capitol Police officers who helped defend the building from pro-Trump rioters on Jan. 6, following Gosar's comment on the officer who fatally shot rioter Ashli Babbitt that day.

Why it matters: Cheney accused Gosar, who has repeatedly downplayed the severity of the insurrection, of repeating "disgusting and despicable" lies about what happened.

21 Republicans voted against giving medals to officers who responded to Jan. 6 riot

A memorial for Brian Sicknick, the U.S. Capitol police officer who died from injuries following the Capitol siege. Photo: Al Drago via Getty Images

The House passed a bill Tuesday to award the Congressional Gold Medal to all law enforcement officers who defended the Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot, with 21 Republicans opposing the bill.

Why it matters via the Washington Post: "[T]he vote underscored the still-lingering tensions in Congress amid efforts by some GOP lawmakers to whitewash the events of that day."

Pelosi: House to move forward with investigating Jan. 6 insurrection

Photo: Kevin Dietsch via Getty Images

Speaker Nancy Pelosi said Tuesday the House will move forward with investigating the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection, AP reports.

Why it matters: The Senate last month failed to advance a bill that would create a 9/11-style commission to investigate the Capitol riot. Pelosi's comments come after military officials and FBI Director Christopher Wray testified earlier Tuesday on the Jan. 6 events.