The pin and the top of the figurine could be seen as Cheney sat at the dais — and questions about what the figurine was and what it represented circulated on social media throughout the evening.
Jeremy Adler, a spokesperson for Cheney, told CNN the figurine was given to the congresswoman by Hannah Muldavin, a staffer for the committee and was made by Muldavin’s grandfather. Her grandfather made a number of the figurines, called “protectors,” for committee members and staff “to recognize their defense of democracy,” Adler told CNN.
The figurine has a message inscribed at its base that reads: “Select committee members and staff to investigate attack on Capitol, thank you.”
The pin Cheney wore during the hearing was given to her by members of the US Capitol Police, Adler said.
Edwards likened what she say to “a war scene,” saying she witnessed “carnage” and chaos.”
“I couldn’t believe my eyes: There were officers on the ground. They were bleeding, they were throwing up,” Edwards said. “I saw friends with blood all over their faces. I was slipping in people’s blood. I was catching people as they fell. It was carnage. It was chaos.”