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Four law enforcement officers who responded to the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol testified Tuesday about their near-deadly experiences attempting to repel the rioters that stormed the building, condemning Republican lawmakers who have downplayed the attack.

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Capitol Police Sergeant Aquilino Gonell said officers were “subject to… something from a medieval battle” and fought “hand-to-hand” with rioters, stating that, at one point, he thought to himself, “this is how I’m going to die.”

Gonell said his troubles didn’t end after the attack, recounting how he refused a hug from his wife when he returned home and couldn’t sleep due to the chemicals from pepper spray and bear mace on his skin and uniform: “My skin was burning.”

D.C. Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone said he was repeatedly tased as rioters chanted “kill him with his own gun,” and that doctors told him he suffered a heart attack during the riot, diagnosing him with a concussion, a traumatic brain injury and PTSD.

Slamming the table in a moment of rage, Fanone said “the indifference shown to my colleagues is disgraceful,” declaring that the lawmakers who “continue to deny the events of that day” have “betrayed their oath of office.”

Capitol Police officer Daniel Hodges, who was seen on video having his gas mask yanked off while wedged in a door, recalled how rioters, who he called “terrorists,” repeatedly tried to recruit him, with another saying, “you will die on your knees.”

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