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Capitol Riot Officer Michael Fanone, Who Testified Before The Select Committee, Joins CNN

Michael Fanone was a witness before the committee that investigated the Capitol Riot. He announced Monday his resignation. In January, he will be a CNN contributor on-air.

Fanone was taken into a mob, and beat during chaos at Capitol. January 6, 2008. He suffered a cardiac arrest during the chaos at the Capitol. Later, he publicly condemned lawmakers and other people who had downplayed his attack.

According to Washington Post, Fanone was widely criticized by his colleagues for being too friendly with the national media.

“Clearly there are some members of our department who feel their oath is to Donald Trump and not to the Constitution,” he said of those who felt he was seeking attention.

“I no longer felt like I could trust my fellow officers and decided it was time to make a change.”

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Michael Fanone: CNN Employee

CNN’s Brian Stelter confirmed Fanone’s hiring.

Fanone, according to the Post, spent months “recovering from the physical and emotional aftermath of the Jan. 6 events.”

Reports say he wasn’t happy with the limited role he had been given when re-entering the force as a member of the reserve unit in September.

Fanone indicated his new position was meant to shield him from officers who were critical of his actions, saying he felt “like a child who did something wrong and was being tolerated.”

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Testimony Moved Kinzinger To Tears

Michael Fanone was one the four officers that testified in the House Select Hearing regarding the July Capitol riot, and it moved Adam Kinzinger.

He became visibly emotional himself during testimony, saying “what makes the struggle harder and more painful” is seeing lawmakers “downplaying or outright denying what happened” on January 6th.

“The indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful,” Fanone said, raising his voice and pounding the table.

Kinzinger (R-IL), a devout ‘Never Trumper,’ was widely mocked for crying following the testimony by the police officers.

“We may have our deep differences on other policy issues, but we are all Americans today,” he said, eyes puffy, biting his lip. “And we thank you for holding that line.”

Later, Kinzinger stated that he was good friends with Officer Fanone.

“He’s a man very disheartened now, not because of his job and not because of what he went through, but because the party that claims they support law enforcement is ignoring him,” he claimed.

The National Police Association would later describe the testimony before the committee investigating the Capitol riot as a politically motivated “dog and pony show.”

Betsy Brantner Smith spoke out against the association for not paying attention to officers hurt during Black Lives Matter Riots.

“The 2020 riots, we can’t just say the whole George Floyd thing was bad and that’s what cops have to deal with and then watch these four weeping men talk about their experiences,” Smith said.

 

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