Sean Penn was seen at the fifth hearing of the January 6 committee on Capitol Hill on Thursday, June 23. The actor was seen sitting in the front row next to a former Capitol Police officer named Michael Fanone and a current D.C. Metropolitan Police officer named Daniel Hodges.
Officer Fanone is said to have quit his job on January 6, 2021, after a crowd attacked him at the U.S. Capitol. On the same day, rioters at the U.S. Capitol crushed Officer Hodges in the door. Both officers had already spoken at the trial.
According to Esquire, the hearing on Thursday was supposed to happen on June 22, but it was moved because of technical problems. It was also the last meeting for the month of June for the January 6 committee.
Bennie Thompson, who is in charge of the committee, said that more hearings will be set up after Congress gets back from its break on July 4. He also said that more evidence of reception will also come to light.
People were surprised to see Sean Penn at the hearing on Thursday, but the actor explained that he was there as a “citizen.”
Sean Penn reveals the reason for his presence at the Jan 6 committee hearing
Soon after people saw Sean Penn at the January 6 committee hearing on Thursday, June 23, he was on the Twitter trending page. The actor told CNN’s Anna Grayer that he went to the session as an American citizen to “observe” the proceedings:
When Penn’s pictures from the January 6 hearing started showing up online, some people on social media compared him to actress Alyssa Milano, who in 2018 went to the U.S. Capitol to attend a hearing right before Supreme Court Justice Brett Kavanaugh was confirmed.
Milano was reportedly in the room when Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified about the time Kavanaugh allegedly assaulted her. At the time, Milano told CNN that she went to the hearing to show support for Dr. Ford and all the other people who had been hurt by “crazy abuses of power”:
Sean Penn is already well-known as one of Hollywood’s most politically aware actors and activists. Last year, he used Twitter to condemn the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6 and to blame former President Donald Trump for what he was said to have done.
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Before he was seen at the Jan. 6 hearing, the Oscar winner was in the news because he went to Ukraine to film a documentary about the conflict between Russia and Ukraine. On February 28, Penn wrote on Twitter that he and two of his colleagues had left their car and walked several miles to reach the Polish border.
After leaving our car on the side of the road, three of us walked miles to the Polish border. Almost all of the cars in this picture only have women and children inside. Most of them don’t have any bags, and the car is the only valuable thing they own.
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The actor kept working to help Ukraine for a few months, and he even met with the country’s president, Volodymyr Zelenskyy, the night before Russian troops moved in. He also decided that his group, Community Organized Relief Effort, would help the country get the humanitarian aid it needed (CORE).
In 2010, Sean Penn went to Haiti, which had been hit by an earthquake, to film a documentary and help with charity and humanitarian work there. In 2015, the actor met with Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman Loera, a Mexican drug lord, to do an interview for Rolling Stone magazine.