On Jan. 6, 2021, before a violent mob of then-President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was photographed with his fist raised in solidarity with the pro-Trump protesters who had gathered outside the security gates.
During the House select committee’s primetime hearing on Thursday night, the panel showed surveillance video of Hawley running down the hall inside the Capitol as the rioters stormed the building.
Laughter could be heard in the hearing room as the committee showed footage of Hawley running.
He was also shown briskly walking down steps with other lawmakers as they were evacuated shortly after the joint session of Congress had been convened to certify Joe Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 presidential election.
Hours later, Hawley was one of eight Republican senators to vote in favor of overturning the results in Pennsylvania and one of seven senators who voted to overturn the results in Arizona. Counting members of the House, 147 total Republican legislators voted against certification, perpetuating Trump’s false conspiracy theory that the election was stolen from him, one now shared by a majority of Republicans.
Hawley was criticized for his actions on Jan. 6 from both sides of the aisle, including being disowned by his mentor, former Missouri Sen. John Danforth, who called supporting Hawley “the biggest mistake I’ve ever made.” Hawley stood by his actions and pulled in a massive fundraising haul for his efforts.
“I will never apologize for giving voice to the millions of Missourians and Americans who have concerns about the integrity of our elections,” Hawley said in a Jan. 7, 2021, statement. “That’s my job, and I will keep doing it.”