Officer Who Defended Capitol Slaps Down Marjorie Greene’s Jan. 6 Conspiracy Theories


In recent days, House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican of Louisiana, unveiled an extensive release of footage from the Capitol on January 6, 2021, something for which some on the Right have consistently clamored. Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) contends it’s not enough and turned on X (the platform formerly called Twitter) to pushing the idea that Trump supporters weren’t even responsible for the day’s chaos.

That’s not supported by the established factual record. Authorities have arrested massive numbers of people in the years since the violence, and in general, they’ve again and again been established as active Trump supporters. Greene also wants subpoenas, contending Johnson should create a new committee for investigating circumstances surrounding the Capitol onslaught. “There needs to be investigations and ACCOUNTABILITY for ALL of the lies, deceit, and lives ruined. Every member of the Jan 6th committee, Nancy Pelosi, FBI, DOJ, DC Police, Cap Police, Jan 6 witnesses who lied, all need to be subpoenaed,” she complained.

Daniel Hodges, an officer with the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department who joined the defense of the Capitol on January 6 and has been outspoken regarding his experiences of the violence that day, isn’t fazed. “Yes. Please subpoena me. Please. I’m begging you. It would in no way backfire on you,” Hodges quipped in a reply to Greene.

It’s not entirely unfeasible that a new January 6 committee, this time steered by Republicans, could materialize, but it’s also perhaps subject to time constraints. Congress keeps kicking the rhetorical can down the road on government funding, having recently approved another temporary deal keeping the government functioning through early in 2024. Republicans, though, have big plans for the funding process — initiatives that keep falling short, with bipartisanship around any new funding initiatives necessary by default because of the currently divided nature of the federal government. Greene also keeps banging the metaphorical drum about wanting an impeachment, targeting officials from the president to the Homeland Security Secretary.