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Hakeem Jeffries calls out Speaker Mike Johnson over the missing January 6 plaque

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Hakeem Jeffries calls out Speaker Mike Johnson over the missing January 6 plaque

WASHINGTON – Democratic leader of the House of Representatives Hakeem Jeffries (DN.Y.) called out House Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) for hesitating to place a plaque honoring police officers who defended the Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021.

Congress missed a legal deadline last year to hang the plaque somewhere on the Capitol grounds, and this month Democrats began complaining about the delay.

“It is time for Republicans in the House of Representatives to honor the men and women of law enforcement who saved lives that day,” Jeffries said at a news conference, standing next to an image of the apparently completed plaque.

A law passed by Congress in 2022 required several commissions to collect the names of officers who responded to the mob riot. Donald Trump supporters are angry about his election loss. Jeffries said the work was completed, the plaque was placed and it was up to Johnson to hang it somewhere.

“It simply awaits a decision by the Republican majority to hold an appropriate recognition ceremony and place it in a place of honor here in the Capitol,” Jeffries said.

A spokesman for Johnson said Thursday that the speaker’s office is working with the Capitol architect, who oversees the Capitol complex and its maintenance, “to have the plaque installed,” and provided no further details.

Johnson and his Republican colleagues have organized several events this week celebrating police to mark the annual National Police Week. They have been conspicuously silent about the police fighting Trump’s gang.

Instead, Johnson and others have traveled to New York to assist Trump in his criminal trial for covering up hush money payments from a past sexual relationship.

On Thursday, Rep. Matt Gaetz (R-Fla.) posted a photo of himself behind Trump in the courthouse with the phrase “stand back and be ready” — a reference to Trump’s infamous refusal to sanction the Proud Boys, a violent right condemn. -extremist group, in 2020.

The Proud Boys helped lead the attack on the Capitol on Jan. 6, and juries have since convicted several of them of seditious conspiracy. Trump has promised to pardon people accused of crimes for their actions that day.

Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-California) first raised the issue of the missing plaque last week a letter to Johnson.

“I keep in touch with a lot of officers and it’s really upsetting for the officers and their families,” Lofgren told HuffPost on Thursday.

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