Sgt. Aquilino Gonell
of the United States Capitol Police
, who was beaten with a flagpole during the Jan. 6 insurgency, told CNN
Thursday that he is insulted that Republican lawmakers “lack the courage” to investigate the attack
“They demand something from us that they are unwilling to do [theirself], which is sacrifice their livelihood,” Gonell told CNN’s Don Lemon
Gonell observed that if someone broke into a house
, damaged its contents, and threatened the people
who lived there, “wouldn't you want to know who did this? Who coordinated this? Because that's exactly what happened in our Capitol. I work
there. I take that job very seriously.”
Last week, Senate Republicans
blocked an effort to create a commission
to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the United States Capitol, and GOP
lawmakers still loyal to former President Donald Trump
have continued to whitewash the deadly events that occurred that day.
and 35 Republicans voted in favor of the proposed bipartisan inquiry in the House.
Gonell stated that while trying to protect people, he did not consider politics
“We just respond and do our jobs
the best we can with the tools we have, so when people deny this happened, it’s insulting and a betrayal,” he said.
Gonell described the harrowing violence he witnessed in a separate interview
with CNN, saying there were times when he thought he might die; his hand was slashed open during the melee, and he required surgery on his right foot in the weeks following the attack.
Gonell immigrated from the Dominican Republic when he was 12 years old and served in the US Army Reserve in Iraq in 2003, according to CNN.
Rioters dubbed him a "traitor," he claimed.
“I went overseas to defend our homeland from foreign threats, but now I'm fighting them in our own Capitol.”
Gonell is one of several police officers from the United States Capitol and Washington
, who have spoken out about their experiences during the insurgency.