Hawley Seen Fleeing Capitol Riots After He 'Riled Up' Crowd With Fist Salute, Committee Hears

Senator Josh Hawley was shown raising his fist to crowds massed at the US Capitol before later being seen fleeing as rioters breached the Capitol on January 6, an image and CCTV footage released by the January 6 Committee showed.

Representative Elaine Luria said the Republican senator “raised his fist in solidarity with the protesters already amassing already at the security gates.”

Luria went on to say: “Later that day Senator Hawley fled after those protesters he helped to rile up stormed the Capitol. See for yourself,”

The committee released an image showing Hawley with his fist raised outside the Capitol building. CCTV then shows him running through the building and travelling down an escalator alongside other people.

Hawley has yet to comment on the footage or the committee’s allegations. Credit: C-SPAN via Storyful

Video transcript

ELAINE LURIA: Senator Josh Hawley also had to flee. Earlier that afternoon before the joint session started, he walked across the East front of the Capitol. As you can see in this photo, he raised his fist and solidarity with the protesters, already amassing at the security gates.

We spoke with a Capitol Police officer who was out there at the time. She told us that Senator Hawley's gesture riled up the crowd, and it bothered her greatly, because he was doing it in a safe space protected by the officers and the barriers. Later that day Senator Hawley fled after those protesters he helped to rile up stormed the Capitol. See for yourself.

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