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Thomas Manger, the new chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, Photo: Tom Williams/CQ-Roll Call, Inc via Getty Images

New Capitol Police chief Tom Manger said officers testifying before the Jan. 6 select committee this week "need to be heard."

Driving the news: The select committee's first hearing is set to take place on Tuesday and will feature testimony from law enforcement officers who were subject to some of the worst of violence during the insurrection.

The big picture: Manger, who was sworn into his position Friday, told CBS News on Saturday that he "absolutely" supports the testifying officers and that he would cooperate with the select committee and testify if called to do so.

  • Manger added that his focus is on figuring out how USCP should move forward in the wake of Jan. 6.

What they're saying: "Those officers need to be heard, I think we need to pay close attention to what they're saying," Manger said.

  • "I would be foolish not to think it could happen again, but we are better prepared," Manger added of the prospect of another attack.
  • "There's a lot of things that you can point to that, that may have made a difference on the 6th, but what I'm really focused on is, okay, so what do we do about that now?" he said.

Go deeper: Pelosi appoints GOP Rep. Kinzinger to Jan. 6 committee

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Kinzinger blasts GOP colleagues' silence after Gonzalez announces retirement

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) speaks to members of the media on Aug. 23. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

"The time is now to speak up," Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-Ill.) implored his Republican colleagues in a video message posted Saturday, a day after fellow GOP Rep. Anthony Gonzalez announced his retirement.

Why it matters: Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans, including Kinzinger, who voted for impeachment. He said he had decided not to seek re-election against a Trump-backed primary challenger in 2022.

Updated Sep 18, 2021 - Politics & Policy

Smaller than expected "Justice for J6" rally met with large police presence

Police officers watch as demonstrators gather for the "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C., on Sept. 18, 2021. Photo: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images

A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.

Capitol Police reported more than 4,000 threats against lawmakers in first months of 2021

A members of the U.S. Capitol Police responds to demonstrators at the U.S. Capitol U.S. on Jan. 6, 2021. Photo: Ting Shen/Bloomberg via Getty Images

In the first three months of 2021, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) reported 4,135 threats against members of Congress, a rate so high that if it continues the total number of threats could be double the amount in 2020, the Los Angeles Times reports.

Why it matters: The Jan. 6 Capitol riot put a renewed focus on security as well as the USCP shortcomings and constraints in addressing these threats.