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the capitol building lawmakers are about to pay their respects to fallen capitol police officer brian sicknick who is lying in honor. vice president harris appearing there this morning ahead of the ceremony after the president and first lady visited overnight. officer sicknick died in that very same building four weeks ago today protecting lawmakers and others inside from that insurrectionist mob. we will bring you that somber ceremony live when it begins just about 30 minutes from now. also new this morning, president biden talking with house and senate democrats as they try to push through the president's nearly $2 trillion covid relief plan with or without republicans. all of it as we get some
encouraging news on the fight against the virus. a first of its kind study kinds the vaccine developed by astrazeneca can very much cut the spread of the virus. we're talking about our medical expert about that. and call it a booster shot, the biden administration expanding vaccine distribution with plans to send doses directly to pharmacies next week. dr. fauci says it can't happen soon enough. >> are we vaccinating right now at a pace to keep ahead of these mutant strains? >> well, we're getting better and better, but, savannah, we're not. >> i'm hallie jackson in washington. we start this morning with garrett haake on capitol hill. garrett, that tribute for officer sicknick is starting in just a little bit this hour but as we come on the air there is big news you've been covering from the senate regarding what you could perhaps technically call a power sharing agreement, but if you put in in layman's terms it basically means that congress, now the senate, can function as it's supposed to function with democrats getting the gavels that they won when they took the majority.
>> reporter: yeah, that's right. essentially a month after democrats won the senate at the end of the day today they will finally control the senate with this power sharing agreement, really an agreement to run the committee system, a lot of the sausage making work that gets done by congress in a 50/50 senate. we will have budget chairman bernie sanders, finance chairman ron wyden, agriculture chairman debbie stabenow. democrats will be taking control of the senate with this agreement in place at the end of the day today. you talk about the tribute for officer sicknick today, that's going to be a big portion of the morning this morning, obviously last night the sort of somber ceremonial elements of this began with his family, with members of the capitol police having a moment with their fallen comrade. this morning it's been more about members of congress, the broader congressional community and all of this is happening with the backdrop of layers upon layers now of investigations and efforts to figure out what went wrong, how to prevent it and how to find some degree of accountability. so yesterday you had speaker pelosi announcing that she would
like to move forward with a 9/11-style commission to investigate what happened here on january 6th. that's on top of the investigation already being run by retired lieutenant general russell hon err ray, on top of committee level investigations being run in both chambers. the full examination of what happened here on january 6th really just beginning even as the former president's impeachment for the events of january 6th get started next week. hallie? >> garrett, quickly on that power sharing agreement, that's going to go into effect today, right? this is an immediate change now that we'll see? >> reporter: that will be voted on this afternoon and in place after that vote, but, again, this is an agreement so it should be a unanimous consent vote this afternoon. >> garrett haake, thank you so much. we will bring you that congressional tribute live when it happens. we're also following other headlines here this morning because just added to president biden's schedule, covid relief talks with democrats from capitol hill. he's got a call with house members and then a meeting next
hour at the white house with various senators. democrats have now taken the first steps to try to approve the president's nearly $2 trillion plan, even with talk of a bipartisan plan with republicans in the ether. in the fight against the virus an encouraging report on astrazeneca's vaccine which new research says can really slow the spread of the virus. let me bring in nbc's richard engel who is following that piece of story from london, shannon pettypiece is outside the white house, dr. celine grounder is also here, an infectious disease specialist as well as a former member of the biden/harris advisory board. shannon, let me start with you. what do we know about these new meanings. what kind of tea leaves are you reading into them, that the president has these two meetings this morning, one after the show, for his path ahead on the relief package? >> reporter: well, and meeting with democrats, not another meeting with republicans like we saw earlier this week because the thinking that we're hearing inside the white house is that they are not going to negotiate themselves down to get to a place where they can get 60 republican votes, which you would need to get through the
regular legislative process. they are looking now like this is going to have to go through that reconciliation budget process so all they need to do is make sure their democratic ranks are real solid and that includes having sort of moderates like joe manchin on board, but if they can get enough democratic votes they can get through their covid relief package the way they want to. they don't want to significantly cut back on any of these areas. there is some indication they might be open to compromise on things like who gets the direct payments or how targeted some of the relief s but the numbers they want to keep where they are and they want to move quickly on this. white house official told me they need this done by march 14th because that is the date when the extended unemployment insurance runs out. they don't want americans to be facing a cliff where they have a week or several weeks where they don't know whether or not they're going to be able to pay their bills. with an impeachment hearing and everything else going on they are hopeful they will get this through by mid march but they
have to move and that's why we're seeing urgency from white house officials to get this passed. >> richard, let me ask you about this study on the astrazeneca vaccine. what are you hearing from officials there in the uk? >> reporter: well, officials here are very excited about this. the health secretary just called it superb news and he said that it shows that this one particular vaccine, the oxford/astrazeneca vaccine, not only protects people, but it also works to slow down contagion. now, we already knew that all of the vaccines that are currently on the market and the ones that are being rolled out prevent people from getting very sick. they prevent people from getting covid and they work with about 60% to 95% efficacy. that was already known. but what we didn't know until now, and this is still early days, it's just one study, it's not yet peer reviewed but it is a significant one. we didn't know how effective these vaccines are to slow down or stop contagion. that is, if you have the vaccine, sure, it will stop you
from getting sick and ending up in hospital, potentially dying, but what about your ability to pass it on, pass the coronavirus on to someone in your family, to your friends, to people you meet out on the street? according to this study the oxford/astrazeneca vaccine also reduces contagion by 67% and that has enormous impacts on a society's ability to recover because the vaccine -- and we already knew this -- prevents people from dying and ending up in hospital, but if it also has this added benefit of slowing down contagion by two-thirds, that means that societies can recover much, much more quickly once their populations are protected. so it is a very -- a very big deal, very encouraging news here. it has only been carried out with this one vaccine but it opens the doors that other vaccines could have similar properties. >> richard engel, shannon
pettypiece, thanks to you both. dr. grounder, let me bring you in. this appears to be promising. put this into perspective. one of the things we heard from that new study shows the cutting of the transmission of the virus by something like 67%. what are the implications here in the u.s. for the vaccines that were already approved? >> look, this is some of the best news we have had in a long time in the coronavirus pandemic. the idea that this is not just a vaccine that protects the individual but that protects even people who are not vaccinated yet because it prevents transmission. that really is a game changer in terms of how we think about this. we've talked for months about this idea of herd immunity but we didn't have proof until now that vaccines would help prevent spread of the virus. so this is really amazingly good news and for all intents and purposes based on how we know the other vaccines work, i think this is very promising news and
that they probably do the same. they probably do -- the moderna and pfizer vaccines probably also will be shown to prevent transmission, i think it's just a question of the science needs to be done, but it means that we can actually hope for that holy grail of herd immunity once enough people get vaccinated. >> huge news. dr. celine grounder, thank you for that perspective. we appreciate it. also unfolding on capitol hill republican leadership facing pressure this morning to get to some kind of a decision on congresswoman marjory taylor greene's committee assignments. hours' long meetings, plural, ending last night with no clear plan on what to do. you have topping the talks will pick back up today after house minority leader kevin mccarthy met first with congresswoman greene then called a last minute meeting with the groups that makes decisions on political assignments. according to "politico" the divide revolving around the timing of greene's posts
promoting conspiracy theories, racist comments and violence against democrats. leigh ann caldwell is on capitol hill. bring us inside some of your reporting. any signs on what direction gop leaders might go? >> reporter: it's really unclear at this point, hallie. there was a meeting that was indecisive last night on what to do about marjory taylor greene. some of the concern is that, yeah, she said many of these comments before she entered into office, but while she's trying to explain away some of these, she's also doubling down. she's fundraising off of the -- off of this against her, she is tweeting criticizing her fellow republicans even and so republicans on capitol hill many of them who are concerned about her think that she is a ticking time bomb. the question is do they deal with it now or do they wait until she does something much
more explosive? well, democrats aren't going to wait around, they're moving forward with their resolution to strip her from two of her committees, the education committee and the budget committee. the education committee seems to be a little bit more problematic because of her controversial statements about parkland saying that it was a false flag operation, but, hallie, this is not the only big story about the republican party today. republicans aren't just talking about marjory taylor greene, later this afternoon they have to discuss what to do about liz cheney, the number three house republican, because of her vote for impeachment of the former president a couple weeks ago. so there is a lot of optical concern among some republicans up here that if they punish liz cheney and they do nothing against marjory taylor greene, that is going to be the definition of the republican party for the next two years and democrats are already playing into that. they've released the democratic campaign arms have released
campaign ads putting the republicans as the face of marjory taylor greene and qanon and some republicans are quite concerned about that. hallie? >> is it your sense that leader mccarthy, the minority leader, is in some ways backed into a corner on this, leigh ann? >> reporter: he absolutely is. especially since he went down to mar-a-lago last week and took a picture with the president, that was a big signal that he thinks that -- or the former president, excuse me -- that donald trump is needed and a part of the republican party still. that's essentially what marjory taylor greene is saying as well. and so now he has this very stark choice to make, is he going to defend liz cheney, a member of his leadership team, or is he going to punish marjory taylor greene? he is in a very difficult position not only with a divided conference, but also with donors as well. hallie? >> leigh ann caldwell live on the hill. thank you. elsewhere on the hill right
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after weeks of very much trying to stay on the sidelines when it came to the issue of donald trump's impeachment trial, president biden is now talking about it. he says the senate trial has to move forward and to not do that would be what he calls a mockery of the system. all of it coming out in an interview that the president and first lady sat down for with people magazine. watch. >> it has to move forward otherwise it would come off at farcical what this was all about. i don't know what is likely to happen, it's probably not likely that you will get 17 republicans to change their view and convict on impeachment. >> joining me now is nbc news white house correspondent monica
alba. the president's comments come as lawmakers, staffers on capitol hill are still kind of processing what happened on january 6, the trauma of that. give us context into why the president is choosing now to talk about it. >> partially, hallie, because more than 370 staffers on the democratic side of things in both the house and senate wrote a letter now pleading with these senators who are going to bef e they experienced, that their colleagues went through that this is really something that does put onus on them to think about and what the house impeachment managers ultimately described in their pretrial brief as donald trump being singularly responsible in their words for what occurred on january 6th at the capitol and they also said and argued that this is a, quote, betrayal of historic proportions. so for all of those reasons you have these staffers essentially saying don't take my word for it, there is a ton of video
evidence they can use all of these realtime examples from social media as well, and that is what we are told the house impeachment team will be doing in that trial that is set to begin in less than a week now, hallie, but it is an extremely personal plea from these staffers who literally experienced it, went through it and they are arguing and asking the senators to think about all of the people on the capitol complex who had such similar and harrowing experiences that day, hallie. >> monica alba, thank you very much. turning back now to the pandemic and another vaccine set to come online potentially in the u.s. in a matter of days, if not weeks. dr. anthony fauci on the "today" show this morning saying the candidate from johnson & johnson should get the okay for emergency use pretty soon. >> we could see literally within a week or so that they wind up getting the kind of emergency use authorization. i don't want to get ahead of the fda, but i would not be surprised, savannah, if this
happens within the next week or two. >> that could align with the white house plans to ship vaccines to retail pharmacies starting next week and, boy, those shipments cannot arrive fast enough. some of these states are struggling to get shots into the arms of patients, including missouri, a state that's been recently near the bottom of some of these vaccination stats per capita. dasha burns is in st. louis. the state is saying the majority of doses will be directed to hospitals with the capacity to vaccinate 5,000 people a week. how is that different from happening now and then what about people who don't live near these hospitals who live in more rural communities? >> reporter: hey, hallie. yeah, there are two sides to the coin when it comes to the shakeup and distribution strategy here in missouri. the goal is to speed up what has been a slow vaccine rollout and centralize what has been a decentralized system. so the priority, the calculation has been made to concentrate on large-scale vaccinations. so you're going to see about 53% of the state's allocation go to
hospital systems like this one behind me here that can really put a lot of shots in arms very quickly. now, i spoke to the head of the st. louis pandemic task force who tells me that the biggest change this will create is really more certainty. right now they haven't been sure what kind of allocation they're going to get week to week, some weeks they get thousands, some weeks they get none. this hospital system hasn't seen a shipment in two and a half weeks. so this is going to change that. what it's not necessarily going to change, though, is the supply. missouri opened up eligibility to the point now where 2.5 million residents here are eligible to get the vaccine, but supply did not increase proportionately with that. i want you to hear about what kind of tough spot that's putting these providers in. take a listen. >> we have to look at who is most at risk and make sure that we're taking care of them first because they are the ones that are at risk of getting really sick and potentially dying and also putting a burden on the health care system to take care of. so it becomes, again, a really
tricky method of how do you allocate a very scarce resource for the population? >> reporter: and, hallie, there are only a handful of hospital systems, they are large hospital systems, but only a handful on that list that's getting that majority of the allocation. there are hospitals that are not on that list at all and there are 55 counties right now that don't have any hospitals. so those folks are certainly likely going to have to travel quite a ways to find a shot. i also spoke to the mayor of st. louis about what this means for the city's health department and she said it was welcomed news to hear that vaccines are going to go to places that have the infrastructure to get them out quickly, at the same time it is a concern for public health departments that are getting a small piece of an already small pie here, hallie. >> dasha burns live for us in st. louis. thank you. back now to washington. right now that congressional tribute we told you about at the beginning of the show is starting to honor the life and service of u.s. capitol police officer brian sicknick who was
skilled in that insurrection on january 6th. sicknick joined whole police in 2008 after serving in the new jersey air national guard. the people who knew him also saw another side of him, a quiet, compassionate person who loved fishing, loved the outdoors, liked catching up with co-workers and neighbors whenever he had the chance. you are looking live or you were looking live at the place where we will soon see congressional leadership and members of his family arrive. the capitol rotunda. that is where he is lying in honor, becoming one of the few civilians to have that honor happen. joining me now is somebody who used to see officer sicknick every morning as he worked to protect the capitol, caroline barng injury is a former senior advisor and spokesperson for house speaker nancy pelosi. thank you for joining us this morning. we will keep an eye and keep up with the ceremony in case it begins. >> thanks for having me. >> as we wait, tell us about your interactions with officer sicknick. what kind of person did you know him to be? >> the ceremony this morning is so special, i'm so glad that the congress had done this for him, it's such an honor. officer sicknick, brian as we
all knew him, was just such a kind face. he's the person that we walked past every morning when we came to work. i worked for then leader pelosi, as you mentioned, now speaker pelosi, and all of our staff are just heartbroken at the loss because brian was just one of these people that he was quiet, but really built relationships despite being quiet. he would, you know, chat and make jabs at us every morning and kind of poke at us and really built a relationship in a way that was just really deep and meaningful and we're just completely heartbroken at his loss. >> i saw you talked about one exchange that seems so telling as we wait for the ceremony to begin, we will see leader schumer, speaker pelosi come in and make remarks. caroline, you talked about what happened four years ago right after election day in 2016 and you, i think, told "usa today" that on that day you collapse in tears basically. you knew he was a trump supporter and he put that aside in that moment to comfort a
friend. you called it a small gesture of kindness, but one that has always stuck with you. can you tell us more about that? >> yeah, absolutely. on the day after the election i think a number of us on the hill were just devastated, democrats devastated at the outcome, really surprised and shocked and i think just overcome with emotion and brian and i had been kind of poking fun at each other in the lead up to the election, both of us convinced that our candidate was going to be the winner. so i think really playfully would jest at each other in the lead up. so i knew that the morning that i arrived after the election he would be there and that i would need to face him and face the outcome of the election with him there, but as i approached the capitol that morning the doors that are usually closed were already opened and the officers that were there had been holding them open for me at officer sicknick's request. when i walked through them i saw him there and just the gesture
that i knew that he saw me coming, had asked the officers to hold the doors open for me and then was there waiting to comfort me just was too much for me so i collapsed in tears and officer sicknick helped me up and helped me gather my things and really just held me as i cried. it was, again, just a small gesture, but just evidence of how much of a kind person he was and that his politics didn't define him. >> he sounds -- hearing your story, caroline, and reading about other stories, he sounds like just a good-hearted person. i wonder -- i don't know if you can actual lee see these images here of the ceremony happening. here he is lying in honor at the capitol, the place where he was killed and the place he dedicated his life, his career to protecting and i wonder what that significance speaks to you. >> yeah, my first thought when i heard that the ceremony was happening is just that i'm devastated that he doesn't know, that he would be honored in this
way. i think brian as far as i knew really loved his job and loved coming to the capitol and really took pride in protecting all of us so that we could do our jobs. so i just think it's a tragedy that he's passed and doesn't know that he's being seen as a hero across the country for his actions on the 6th. so that's my first thought. i really hope that the ceremony brings peace to his family and that the fact that he's going to be buried in arlington brings peace to his family because his loss is just -- just terrible. >> and they will be departing to arlington national cemetery once the ceremony is over. caroline, before i let you go i know you are still in touch i would assume with others who still work on the hill, your former colleagues. what have you heard from them about what today means? again, i think for people, you know, we go to work, we used to go to work all the time, we used to see people at work all the time. this is somebody that you had a familiarity with at the place that he protected and i wonder what you're hearing from friends and others who are still on the
hill. >> yeah, when i started speaking about brian after he passed i heard from a lot of former staffers, current staffers, people that are still on the hill, everybody said the exact same thing, everybody reached out and said, do you know what, we walk past these officers every single day, we have really stressful jobs and relationships with them that are pretty nontraditional just in how much we rely on them to be able to be safe and do our jobs. every single person said to me, do you know what, they are more like family to us than officers that we walk past. so everybody was just devastated. everybody was completely heartbroken that somebody that they all really -- was gone. >> and i wonder if that's sometimes hard for people to understand. i think a lot of folks maybe go to a workplace that is protected by a security guard, by somebody, and you don't have the kind of relationship. it's very different at the capitol, right, caroline? these are people who are intimately involved in the movements particularly with you working with somebody as high
profile as leader pelosi, now speaker pelosi. >> yeah, that's absolutely right. and we're there seven days a week, often really odd hours, and brian's shift was the late shift into the morning and so we would often see each other when it was still dark out before the sun came up. so really nontraditional relationships in that sense that we're all just working kind of around the clock doing kind of whatever it takes to make sure that congress is functioning. so i think that we do form really unique relationships with the people on the hill and that's the relationship that we had with brian. >> caroline, can you stand by for one second? i want to bring in my colleague garrett haake and we are watching others filing into the capitol rotund dough, senator mcconnell, leader mccarthy. garrett, who have we seen so far? i snow the officer's family members will be in attendance, he is survived by his parents, charles and gladys by his long time girlfriend and his brothers
ken and craig as well. >> reporter: we have seen a number of congressional members filing in throughout the course of the day. as you can see this is unlike any of the other ceremonies we have had with someone lying in honor of course because of covid. access has been a little bit restricted to the rotunda itself. we'll hear shortly from leader schumer and speaker pelosi as the leaders of the two respective chambers here, they will give remarks along with the senate chaplain on musical selection, but, again, this morning's event started quite early, about 7:00, an opportunity for members as they were starting their day to come in and silently pay their respects in the rotunda. just as someone who was up here on the 6th i can't speak enough to the idea that the last time i saw this many people in the rotunda was probably on the 6th. so the symbolism of all of this, of officer sicknick laying in honor here in this building he defended, in a place that is sacred really to all of us who work here is just -- it's incredibly powerful thing to
see. >> he is only the fifth private citizen to lie in honor here at the rotunda, only the second time that a fallen capitol police officer has had this honor, the previous incident was in 1998, that's the last time we saw something like this happen. garrett, it looks like we have seen i believe house speaker pelosi is in the rotunda and it's tough to tell behind the masks, but we do expect the family to arrive, to be escorted in, we will hear an invocation by the house chaplain who by the way is the first woman house chaplain, she had speak to deliver remarks and of course remarks by leader schumer and by speaker pelosi. after that it's off to arlington national cemetery, right, garrett? >> reporter: that's right. he will be entered at arlington national cemetery, eligible for that in part because of his service in the air national guard, deployed twice overseas before becoming a capitol police officer and being part of the team here. >> and it looks like that may be the family walking in here along
with other officials and dignitaries who have arrived for the ceremony. it is set to begin just moments from now. caroline, this is a moment that no family ever thinks they would have to deal with, no family before january 6 ever thought they would have to manage and yet four weeks to the day after that insurrection at the capitol here we are. >> yeah. i mean, i can't imagine what his family is going through. it's just such an unspeakable tragedy and the grief -- i mean, in taye diggs to the grief that his family is experiencing, the members and staff on the hill are also experiencing the trauma of that day. so this i think is a really important ceremony for everyone there, his family as well as members and staff to see to get some of this closure. >> the house chaplain is beginning her invocation. we will take you now live into that ceremony so that we can listen.
>> -- anger and all the other emotions that invade this hallowed occasion, sanctify this place with your holy presence, then send upon us the comfort of your spirit. that as we mourn a life too quickly taken from us, we may find joy in knowing that in the time we were privileged to share with brian, living, loving, and laughing, you have indelibly touched our hearts by his kind and unassuming manner as son, brother, beloved, friend and colleague. send upon us your peace which is beyond our understanding, but which allows us to believe that in brian's sacrifice we are given the courage to look for and safeguard its purpose so that it was not in vain.
may your steadfast love be ever with us and abide with us in these days and those that follow. may brian's memory forever be a blessing to his family, to his friends, his compatriots and to this country. we offer this prayer to you in your strong and holy name. amen. >> please be seated. ladies and gentlemen, the honorable charles e. schumer, majority leader of the united states senate. >> fellow congressional leaders,
mayor bowser, officers of the metropolitan police department, the united states capitol police, officer brian sicknick's commanders. the book of matthew reminds us blessed are the peacekeepers, for they shall be called the children of god. today we gather to honor officer brian sicknick, a new jersey native, a national air guard veteran, and a 12-year member of the capitol police force. a peacekeeper, not only in duty, but in spirit. talk to his colleagues and they will tell you that brian was a kind and humble man, with profound inner strength, the quiet rock of his unit. they will tell you that brian was dependable, never missed a
radio call. they will tell you that he took great pride in his job, never more so than when he became a mountain bike officer on the first responders unit, and then tell you that brian wouldn't have liked this attention and that if he were here he would be the first to puncture the somber moment with his sharp sense of humor. brian was a peacekeeper who loved his dogs and his girlfriend sandra and his family and the new jersey devils. he was caught in the wrong place at the wrong time on a day when peace was shattered. i had the honor of meeting officer sicknick's family last night and i learned that gladys, his mom, had graduated from james madison high school two years before me and that his
aunt, brian's aunt had graduated a few years after me. we spent about 25 minutes, brian's mom, dad, aunt and other relatives, just reminiscing about brooklyn and about brian. and i said to them at the end with a bit of a lump in my throat, you are such good, decent, fine people. i didn't know brian, but knowing you i'm sure he was exactly that way, too. and all you have to do is look at his picture in the memorial book, the little program here, and you could see it, what a good, kind, decent man he was. that brian and his family were made to pay such a high price for his devoted service in the capitol was a senseless tragedy,
one that we are still grappling with. it has left deep scars here in in building among his friends and his colleagues, as have the tragic deaths of two of brian's fellow officers in the days since his passing. officer liebengood, officer smith. let us be a comfort to all who continue to recover from injuries, seen and unseen, from the attack on january the 6th. we have mental health counseling for officers and staff. anyone who needs help or just someone to talk to should know there are services available and that we are all here for you, just as brian was always there to take a young officer under his wing and help them get used to their new unit. blessed are the peacekeepers, like brian. let us be peacekeepers now in
honorable nancy pelosi. speaker of the united states house of representatives. >> it is my official and sad honor to welcome officer brian sicknick and many who loved, respected and were protected by him to the united states capitol rotunda for a recognition of his life. to brian's parents, gladys and charles, his partner sandra, his brother ken and craig and the entire sicknick family and the capitol police force, thank you for giving congress this privilege of honoring brian with this ceremony. we have heard from you, from brian's brothers ken and craig, that he was the kindest of all, the fittest of all, just a very
special person and, again, we heard from his entire family as distinguished leader said, what a special person he was. how kind he was. and we know from his service on the capitol police force how patriotic he was. we gather today united in grief, gratitude and solemn appreciation for the service and sacrifice of officer brian sicknick. respect his service certainly as a member of the capitol police force, but also as a patriot to his country in other arenas. in 1997 he joined the new jersey air national guard under which he was deployed twice to defend our national security. and in 2008 he continued that commitment when he joined the united states capitol police. we saw last night how brian's patriotic service commanded the
respect with a visit by the president of the united states and the first lady, who came to pay respects to brian. now today the presence of distinguished guests is the testament to the great respect that so many have for brian and for the capitol police force. as we are joined by the capitol police force, members of congress, the secretary of defense, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, our mayor of the district of columbia and members of the metropolitan police and we thank them for their service. again, members of the capitol police and other law enforcement leaders. our promise to brian's family is that we will never forget his sacrifice. we must be vigilant as what president lincoln referred to as the harsh artillery of time. we will never forget. with your permission, may we be
worthy to carry brian in our hearts. we will never forget. each day when members enter the capitol this temple of democracy we will remember his sacrifice and others that day who fought so hard to protect the capitol and the congress. and throughout our nation's history, including officer jacob chestnut and detective john gibson and we are blessed to be joined today by officer chestnut's wife gwen lynn. the courage of these heroes brings honor, brings luster to our constitution and our democracy. it is fitting this day that we have been graced by a performance of "america the beautiful" by the air force band singing sergeants, appropriate because, again, brian was a member of the air force national guard.
and they sang "oh beautiful for heroes proved in liberating strip, who more than self their country love and mercy more than love." through the heroism of officer sicknick and all who defend our great country god has truly shed his grace on us, on america, from sea to -- brotherhood from sea to shining sea. may it be a comfort to officer sicknick's family that so many mourn with them and pray for them during this sad time. may it be a blessing for us to have -- many of us who have known brian sicknick, those of us who now admire him, that we say to his friends and family may it be a comfort to you that so many mourn your loss. may he rest in peace.
>> ladies and gentlemen, please rise for the benediction, delivered by senate chaplain barry c. black. >> let us pray. eternal god, for whom no dawn arises and no evening sun sets, we turn to you for light when our minds are dark and for strength when our days are long. we honor you for the life of officer brian d. sicknick, a hero, proved in liberating
strife. lord, brian indeed more than self, his country loved and mercy more than life. bless those who fought for freedom with him, prepared also to give their last full measure of devotion. comfort the sicknick family. comfort all who mourn. help us to see death as you see it, not the end, but the beginning. not a wall, but a door. not a dark road, but a path that leads to eternal light. may officer sicknick's sacrifice
prompt us to ensure that this nation conceived in liberty will have a new birth of freedom. grant that our eternal vigilance will keep this government of the people, by the people and for the people, safe and secure. we pray in your sovereign name. amen. >> ladies and gentlemen, please be seated. remain at your seats until escorted by the sergeants at arms staff to pay your respects.
sicknick's family leaving the service to his life. officer sicknick was killed on the insurrection in the very building that he dedicated his career to protect. that service, of course, seeing remarks from leader schumer, speaker pelosi. in a couple of minutes later this morning, they will depart to arlington national cemetery. you can see the top leaders of the house and senate paying their respects to the fallen officer. the fifth private citizen to lie in honor at the capitol in this nation's history. i want to bring back in garrett haake and carolyn berringer who knew officer sicknick as well as tom winter. i couldn't help but think as we watched that beautiful and emotional tribute to the life
and legacy of officer sicknick that what you and i talked about prior, his good-heartedness, shined through in so many ways. >> yeah. i think that's right. leader schumer said it beautifully. he said his sharp wit and kindness. but you couldn't be drawn to him as a kind person who had a raw and sharp sense of humor. i think that came through. i was touched by speaker pelosi's words, talking about how she hopes that it's a comfort to brian's family that the whole country is mourning with them. i feel that deeply and hope this ceremony does bring them some level of comfort. i think chaplain black's comments about brian's death in the defense is democracy is super important and a really important part of today's
ceremony and services. brian died defending americans' right to vote, to have a functioning congress. that's all on display today. >> garrett, as we look at some of the lawmakers paying respects on their way out of the ceremony for officer sicknick, with his remains there, it is a moment -- a rare moment, frankly, of bipartisanship here. >> that's right. it's a shame these are some of the only moments where you see lawmakers from different parties coming together in this way. it was only democrats speaking that's because the top leaders in the chambers are democrats, you do see this united response here. i was struck by, in the somber nature of this, but how spare it was, how short. it sounded like that have been in keeping with officer sicknick's style. you heard chuck schumer say he
would have been the first person to not want this much attention. i do think, again, for the greater capitol hill community, it's important that we have this. this is really the first moment to pause and have a moment of mourning and reflection for everything that happened on january 6th. there was so much cultural and political turmoil and response right afterwards. just these quiet moments of reflection in the rotunda i think are so important right now. >> garrett haake, that's an incredible perspective. i appreciate you being with us. garrett has been talking about the fallout from what happened four weeks ago today, the riot at the capitol. this moment of reflection, this moment of grieving, what was lost, what we as a country lost. there are also many questions yet ahead on the investigation into how did this happen? how could this have happened? i want to bring in tom winter on
that. tom, we know that speaker pill -- pelosi called for a commission to look into how this happened. what else can you tell us? >> people believe a commission is the right thing to do. they believe in officer sicknick's memory in a ceremony says a lot to his fellow former officers with the capitol please that they are honored for their service and what they tried to do that day to keep members of congress and other people safe as the capitol was stormed. the fbi has put out posters or postings, i should say, on social media of people they are seeking information about that they have pictures of for assault on police officers.
obviously, other officers were injured on january 6th. they will be looking to make arrests of people that are responsible for that as well as people responsible for the death of officer sicknick. i think those are indictments. i think those have the potential to be federal murder charges. with that could come the death penalty. we are not surprised it's going to take longer to put together the evidence to seek some sort of justice here, hallie. >> i want to give you the opportunity to share your final thoughts as we end our broadcast as the ceremony ends. what do you hope people take away from the moment? >> i hope people can come together and see past political divisions and really unite as humans. i think brian lived that example. his politics did i define who he was and who he cared about and who he built friendships with. i hope the rest of us can come
together in the same way. i agree that i think the ceremony in the first step of the healing that can hopefully get us there. >> thank you for being with us. i want to thank you for joining us, particularly watching live this ceremony for fallen capitol police officer brian sicknick. we appreciate you joining us. more with craig melvin and a briefing by the white house covid team after the break. a good wednesday morning to you. craig melvin here. right now we continue to keep our eye on the rotunda in our nation's capitol as u.s. capitol police officer brian sicknick is lying there in honor after making the ultimate sacrifice for our country. officer sicknick is the hero who
was injured while engaging with protesters at the insurrection back on january 6th. he later collapsed. he went to the hospital. he died there. speaker pelosi, senate majority leader chuck schumer paid special tribute to him there in the rotunda. later this hour, we will watch as he makes his journey to arlington national cemetery as well. based on what we know about officer sicknick, he was by all accounts, a fantastic human being as well as being a hero officer. as we look at some of his fellow capitol police officers pay a final tribute to him there. he was the youngest of three brothers. service was the center of who he was. his family says