Capitol Official Harry Dunn: Trump should have been arrested ‘January 7’


A US Capitol police officer who helped beat back a rioting crowd of Donald Trump supporters on Jan. 6, 2021, said the then-president should have been arrested the next day.

“They should have arrested him on January 7th, but I’m not the one conducting the investigation,” Harry Dunn said in an interview with CBS News on Thursday. “Every day goes by, the more is at stake.”

Dunn’s comments came just days after Trump made his third and perhaps most damning indictment. Trump faces four felonies in the case — including conspiracy to defraud the United States and conspiracy to violate rights — related to efforts to overturn the 2020 election he lost to Democrat Joe Biden. Trump pleaded not guilty to the allegations.

“True accountability and true justice comes in the form of a guilty verdict,” Dunn added in his CBS News interview. “So I wasn’t expecting much here, but this is a necessary step to get to the ultimate goal I’ve been looking for.”

On the day of the attack on the Capitol, Dunn was fighting members of the extremist militia group Oath Keepers, who had entered the building and attempted to gain entry to the office of Speaker of the Democratic House, Nancy Pelosi.

Dunn testified about the ordeal at an Oath Keepers trial in October.

“I’m not letting you come here,” Dunn said to the rioters, he said. “We have dozens of officers on duty. They take us out on stretchers. You are destroying us all.”

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