“Officer” who testified against Trump before “select” Jan. 6 committee lands gig as CNN contributor


The following contains editorial content which is the opinion of the author, a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today. 

WASHINGTON, DC- Well, well, well…who could have predicted this?

Former DC Metro police officer Michael Fanone, the tattooed officer who was one of four such officers who testified before Nancy Pelosi’s hand-picked politburo otherwise known as the House Select Committee “investigating” the January 6 US Capitol siege, has landed himself a gig on CNN as a paid contributor, The Political Insider tells us.

Fanone alleged during testimony that he was accosted by a “mob” of alleged Trump supporters and beaten during the January 6 incident, referred to as an “insurrection” by Democrats, Trump-hating Republicans such as Reps. Liz Cheney (WY) and Adam Kinzinger (IL), and of course, CNN and other left-wing media outlets.

Fanone allegedly suffered a heart attack during the melee and weeks later testified before the committee and publicly denounced those who had, in his mind, downplayed the incident.

Moreover, Fanone was criticized among fellow officers for playing to the national media. Well, apparently that has paid off given his new career.

Fanone submitted his resignation from the DC Metro Police Department last Monday, and his last day will be December 31.

He was widely criticized by members of that agency for using his role in the siege to get himself a lot of facetime, primarily on CNN.

He appeared numerous times with CNN’s resident race-baiter, Don Lemon, and claimed that he had voted for former President Trump in 2016, however didn’t support him in his reelection bid last year.

One might think as a police officer, given Joe Biden and the Democrats’ lack of support for police officers while supporting violent riots in the streets, that Fanone might support the rule of law, but apparently not.

He actually took to Lemon’s low-rated nightly CNN program and warned about threats to democracy from Trump supporters, ignoring the overwhelming threats coming from the political left.

According to the Washington Post, Fanone decried officers who criticized him for trading on his experiences on January 6 for publicity in order to raise his public profile, in this case among anti-Trump leftists.

He claimed that he was the subject of criticism in chat forums for police on the internet.

“Clearly there are some members of our department who feel their oath is to Donald Trump and not to the Constitution,” Fanone said early last week.

He claims there are only two D.C. police officers whom he still considers friends. “I know longer felt like I could trust my fellow officers and decided it was time to make a change.”

One must wonder if DC Metro officers were polled, how many of them trust Fanone?

Fanone’s claim about the Constitution is actually pretty interesting. We are curious what his position is on those who were on the Capitol grounds on Jan. 6 who have been held in DC-area jails for nearly a year, many without bail and being held in squalid conditions?

A number whose right to due process—guaranteed under the Constitution he claims to defend—has been gutted. We would be extremely interested in what he thinks about what Biden’s Justice Department is doing to these people.

Speaking of the Constitution, we are curious what Fanone feels about Attorney General Merrick Garland attempting to violate the rights of American parents for redress of grievances against school boards? Another right guaranteed under the Constitution.

The Post says that Fanone spent “months recovering from the physical and emotional aftermath” of Jan. 6, and returned to work in September on restricted duty, assigned to a division of the Metro police which analyzes crime statistics.

Fanone, ever the “victim” viewed that assignment as a means to punish him and shield him from other officers who were critical of his public whining. He said it made him feel “like a child who did something wrong and was being tolerated.”

Fanone, who had his full police powers restored earlier this month, is leaving five years before he was eligible to retire with his pension. That leads one to wonder exactly how much CNN is paying him for what will surely be anti-Trump “analysis” on the Worldwide Leader in [Fake] News.

According to Fanone, he was, according to the Post, “dragged off the West Terrace, pummeled unconscious with fists and poles and repeatedly stunned with a Taser on his neck. He suffered a heart attack and a traumatic brain injury.”

He alleges his radio, badge and firearms magazines were taken, and despite being beaten unconscious said someone tried to remove his firearm from its holster.

He further claims one of the rioters yelled “Kill him with his own gun!” Several men have been charged with the alleged attack on Fanone.

Let’s make this perfectly clear. Law Enforcement Today, as the largest police officer-owned media company in the country condemns any assaults upon police officers. God knows there are way too many.

However the way in which Fanone has been able to parlay the Jan. 6 incident into a new career as a law enforcement “analyst” for fake news CNN simply raises a number of questions.

It is one thing to relate the facts and circumstances of an incident such as the Capitol siege and give those who were not there a sense for what occurred. It is quite another to take that incident and use it to your personal advantage, which is what Fanone appears to have done.

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For more on the Capitol incident and the testimony of some of the responding officers, we invite you to:


The following contains editorial content written by a retired Chief of Police and current staff writer for Law Enforcement Today.

WASHINGTON, DC- Sorry Harry…we’re not buying it. Let’s get something out of the way…we condemn the January 6 participants who committed violence, in particular against police officers.

However testimony of police officers who were there on January 6 must be weighed in terms of the totality of the circumstances. With that in mind, the testimony of Capitol police officer Harry Dunn doesn’t pass the smell test. This is especially true when you realize he is a sympathizer of Black Lives Matter terrorists. 

While testifying before the Democrat-orchestrated January 6 “commission” this week, Dunn alleged those who protested at the Capitol on January 6 were akin to racist members of the KKK.

It might be easier to believe Dunn if the tens of thousands of hours of video surveillance was released, which the powers that be, have refused to do. Of course the KKK analogy plays into the Democrats’ absurd claim that all Trump supporters are violent white supremacists. 

In watching the testimony of Dunn and the three other officers, it appeared to be contrived, in some cases like they were seeing the words for the first time. One might almost think they were reading a script.

Oh, a couple of “sobs” here and there helped perpetuate the “horror” these officers felt. What didn’t help were the crocodile tears that came from phonies such as Reps. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL) and Adam Schiff (D-CA).

Nobody was buying it. 

Dunn however, a giant of a man, became overcome as he described what he called were “racist slurs” he and other black officers were subjected to on that date. Now it would be naïve to expect that out of the thousand or so individuals that entered the Capitol that date that none could be considered racist. However Dunn seemed to allege they were all racist.

So who exactly is Harry Dunn? He is clearly a partisan Democrat (he admitted in testimony to voting for Biden) who last year supported Black Lives Matter terrorism in American cities and towns.

Yes, the same Black Lives Matter terrorists who shot and killed former St. Louis police captain David Dorn, and other police officers, and who injured and maimed tens of thousands of Dunn’s brother and sister police officers across the country. And yet now he expects sympathy?

Last year after the shooting of Jacob Blake in Kenosha, Wisconsin, Fox News host Tucker Carlson tweeted the following:

“Kenosha devolved into anarchy because the authorities abandoned the people. Those in charge, from the governor on down, refused to enforce the law. They’ve stood back and watched Kenosha burn. Are we really surprised that looting and arson accelerated to murder?”

In response to Carlson’s tweet, Dunn said the following:

“Why is murder an appropriate response to property damage but property damage isn’t an appropriate response to murder?”

In other words, Dunn justified the violence, which by the way resulted in a number of police officers being injured.

Dunn is also a fan of far-left neo-Marxist, anti-Semite, anti-cop Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), defending her several times and joked and laughed when President Trump was rushed off-stage during a security incident in 2019.


Dunn also referred to former President Donald Trump as “Racist in Chief” in a 2019 tweet in which he said:

“Racism is so American, that when you protest it, it’s protesting America! #RacistInChief #Racism #leaveittowhitestotellblackswhatisntracist #IStandWithIlhanOmar #squad”


Dunn also doesn’t appear to care for his fellow police officers all that much:

 A tour through Dunn’s Twitter feed shows he is an obsessed hater of former President Trump and is also obsessed to a pretty unhealthy level with the incident on January 6. 

How would this guy have handled September 11, 2001? 

Big League Politics reported as follows on Pelosi’s sham January 6 inquisition:

On Tuesday, the sham hearings about the mostly peaceful protest in and around the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 began in the U.S. House, and they are even more revolting than expected.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) called on Capitol Police officers who recited lines prepared to justify a sustained unconstitutional crackdown against Trump supporters. Having failed completely to secure the Capitol on Jan. 6, they want the focus off their own incompetence on that fateful day.

DC Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone poured on the histrionics, comparing what he experienced that day to ‘Hell’…

DC Metropolitan Police Officer Daniel Hodges said that he considers Trump supporters as terrorists in his carefully choreographed testimony…

U.S. Capitol Police Sgt. Aquilino Gonell recited partisan talking points on cue to demonize Trump on behalf of the Democrats in charge…

Rep. Adam Kinzinger (R-IL), one of the worst Trump critics in the entire GOP, actually started weeping during the hearing…

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) attempted to muster tears while giving his testimony but could not produce them…

Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY) who has consistently supported war crimes throughout the world, used the hearings to make the case to bring the war on terror home and use it against Trump supporters with Jan. 6 as a convenient excuse.”

If Pelosi and the Democrats want this farce to be taken seriously, they need to call others to testify, including the president of the US Capitol Police officers’ union.

In January, union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou blasted the department’s leadership after then-acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman testified in congressional testimony that the department knew two days prior to the Jan. 6 incident there was a “strong potential for violence and that Congress was the target.”

“The disclosure that the entire executive team (former Chief [Steven] Sund, now Acting Chief Pittman, and Assistant Chief [Chad] Thomas) knew what was coming but did not better prepare us for potential violence, including the possible use of firearms against us, is unconscionable,” Papathanasiou said in a statement at the time.

 In congressional testimony, Pittman said:

“Let me be clear: the department should have been more prepared for this attack,” she said in written testimony to the House Appropriations Committee.

Meanwhile, according to NPR, former Capitol police chief Steven Sund said in January that he had made early requests to have the National Guard supplement his officers at the Capitol on January 6, but was rebuffed by security officials in both the House and Senate, he told the Washington Post.

Sund told the Post that then House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving was concerned about the “optics” of declaring an emergency ahead of the protests and rejected calls to bring in the DC National Guard.

Then-Senate Sergeant-at-Arms Michael Stenger had recommended he (Sund) informally request the Guard to be ready in case it was needed to maintain security. Both Irving and Stenger resigned their posts soon after the January 6 incident.

Sund’s claims were recently backed up by Kash Patel, former Chief of Staff to the Secretary of Defense under the Trump administration.

In an interview with The Epoch Times, Patel said that not only did those in charge of security at the Capitol refuse the National Guard presence on January 6, it was done at the direction of Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA). DC Mayor Muriel Bowser also denied a request to have the Guard present in the Capitol area on that date, according to Gateway Pundit.  

He also accused FBI Director Christopher Wray of failing to notify the Trump administration and his cabinet secretaries there was the potential for violence on Jan. 6. It’s almost like the whole thing was a setup! 

Meanwhile Dunn and the other three Capitol police officers who testified before Pelosi’s inquisition panel, a clear political hit job, have lost any and all credibility they had with police officers across the country, a majority of whom can see the sham for exactly what it is.

In the case of Dunn, he clearly doesn’t know whose side he’s supposed to be on. Defending Black Lives Matter thugs who murder and assault police officers? What a punk.

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In case you missed it, here is one of our reports on the January 6 “Spanish Inquisition” commission:


Rep. Banks says Pelosi removed him from January 6 committee because she was ‘spooked’ by questions

WASHINGTON, DC – Rep. Jim Banks is not taking his removal from the January 6 select committee by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi quietly, saying the rejection shows Democrats are conducting a “political witch hunt.”

Speaker Pelosi (D-CA) said Thursday that he rejected two Republicans, Rep. Banks (R-IN) and Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH), from serving on the committee because they were too partisan based on previous comments. In a statement, Pelosi said:

“With respect for the integrity of the investigation, with an insistence on the truth and with concern about statements made and actions taken by these Members, I must reject the recommendations of Representatives Banks and Jordan to the Select Committee.

“The unprecedented nature of January 6th demands this unprecedented decision.”

Jordan, the ranking member of the House Judiciary Committee, and Banks, the chairman of the Republican Study Committee, have remained two of Trump’s top defenders in Congress.

The Speaker’s rejection of the two prominent Republicans from the committee set to investigate the events leading up to the attack on the U.S. Capitol has drawn criticism from conservatives, who claim the move shows Democrats have no interest in finding the truth.

House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, who put the names forward, called Pelosi’s actions an “egregious abuse of power.”

McCarthy decided to pull all five Republicans from the panel, promising voters the Republicans would conduct their own investigation.

In an interview with Breitbart News on Wednesday, Banks said Republicans would press on to find the “breakdown” that occurred within the Capitol Police leadership that allowed the insurrectionists to access and overwhelm the Capitol:

“Why was there a systemic breakdown of leadership at the highest levels of the Capitol Police?” Banks asked. “The more you go down that path and start asking those questions, and the higher you go on the food chain, the closer to Nancy Pelosi you get.”

In a statement released by Banks following his appointment to the committee, he said that he accepted the appointment to “force the Democrats and the media to answer questions so far ignored.”

He went on:

“If Democrats were serious about investigating political violence, this committee would be studying not only the January 6 riot at the Capitol but also the hundreds of violent political riots last summer when many more innocent Americans and law-enforcement officers were attacked.

And of course, the committee would not overlook the Good Friday murder of USCP Officer Billy Evans that was perpetrated by a far-left extremist.

“Make no mistake, Nancy Pelosi created this committee solely to malign conservatives and to justify the Left’s authoritarian agenda.

“Even then, I will do everything possible to give the American people the facts about the lead up to January 6, the riot that day, and the responses from Capitol leadership and the Biden administration. I will not allow this committee to be turned into a forum for condemning millions of Americans because of their political beliefs.”

Banks told Breitbart News that the select committee is nothing more than a “witch hunt” to go after Donald Trump:

“They were never interested in asking the questions that mattered about January 6. They wanted this to be a political witch hunt from the very beginning to go after Donald Trump, to go after Republicans in Congress, and to go after 75 million people who voted for Donald Trump.”

Banks called into question the motives behind Speaker Pelosi’s actions, saying that as Speaker of the House, she is responsible for security at the U.S. Capitol and ultimately the failure to prevent the attack. He said when he started asking those questions, she got scared:

“It’s obvious that the moment Jim Jordan and I and Kevin McCarthy started asking questions about that, that spooked Nancy Pelosi.”

Gus Papathanasiou, head of the Capitol Police union, met with Rep. Banks early Wednesday and the representative said the meeting revealed there were serious questions about training, equipment, and preparation:

“There are serious concerns that they raise about the lack of preparation, the lack of training, the lack of equipment, and the Democrats do not want the head of the Capitol Police union to testify on Tuesday.”

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