Hawaii senator who had to flee from Jan. 6 rioters: Bombshell testimony ‘gives me chills’

U.S. Senator Mazie Hirono was among members of Congress rushed to safety during the Capitol attack.
A White House aide testified that President Trump lunged at his secret service when they refused to drive him into the Capitol.
Published: Jun. 28, 2022 at 5:16 PM HST|Updated: Jun. 29, 2022 at 4:13 AM HST
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HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - U.S. Sen. Mazie Hirono told Hawaii News Now Tuesday she was was “shaken” by bombshell testimony during a surprise hearing by the special House committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

On Tuesday, a former White House aide testified that President Trump lunged at his Secret Service when they refused to drive him to the Capitol. The aide also said Trump knew many of the rioters were armed, but still sent them to the Capitol.

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“I was just shaken by today’s testimony in particular because it really revealed the president’s state of mind,” said Hirono.

“He knew the rioters, the insurrectionists were storming the Capitol and were armed. He said they were not there to hurt me and he could give a rip about them hurting anyone else,” she added.

Hirono says on Jan. 6, when members of Congress were rushed to a safe location, they didn’t know what was going on and later realized how close they got to the rioters.

“When they brought the TV monitors in and we could see what was happening, it really was frightening,” said Hirono.

“I came to the conclusion that day that we could have been badly hurt or killed,” she added.

Hirono says at least one of her colleagues was in a room and could hear the rioters.

“She could hear them outside shaking doorknobs, yelling and swearing that they wanted to find the ‘f-ing’ members of Congress,” said Hirono. “It gives me chills just to talk with you about it now.”

She believes the committee investigating the attack has proven criminal conduct occurred on that day.

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