What we know, what happens next
During a protest to contest certification of the U.S. presidential election results for 2020, Donald Trump appears on a screen talking to his supporters. This was in Washington, Jan 6, 2021.
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Since the fatal riot at America’s Capitol in which a mob of former Presidents attacked the building, one year has passed. Donald TrumpThe supporters of Congress forced Congress to hide and temporarily stopped the power transfer to President Joe Biden.
From the moment the perimeter was breached to the time the building was finally declared secure, the invasion lasted approximately seven hours. However, its effects are still being felt, particularly in Washington, where political struggles arising from the riot have exacerbated already-stretched partisan divisions.
A year on, little has been resolved — and some fights are just getting started.
The Department of Justice has indicted hundreds of rioters. It is also still seeking hundreds of other suspects of assault. police officers during the riot. Merrick Garland, the Attorney General, has promised to fight for justice “as long and as hard as necessary.”
As it gets ready to hold public hearings about its findings, the House select committee investigating the invasion is steadily increasing in size. Trump’s attorneys have requested that the Supreme Court block the investigation panel from the White House records.
Trump is the main focus of the committee’s investigation into the Capitol riot. He has already openly discussed the possibility that he might run for President again in 2024.
Republican officials have not taken seriously his claims that 2020 elections were “rigged”, citing widespread fraud, and they have largely avoided speaking about the Capitol invading. Even some Republicans who initially blamed Trump for the riotOr resigned from his administration in protestSince then, they have either remained silent or renewed support for Trump. Trump planned to attend a news conference in honor of the anniversary. but he canceled it.
The GOP few who still vocally condemn Trump such as House select committee members Liz Cheney and Adam KinzingerThey have been subject to a backlash by their party.
Democratic leaders are, however, planning to shed as much light on the riot and Trump’s involvement in it during an event at Capitol on Thursday.
Biden, Vice President Kamala Harris, and other speakers are set to address the Capitol at 9:00 a.m. ET. Biden will speak out about what he considers the danger to democracy that Trump’s attempts to unseat the 2020 election. White House officials told NBC News on Wednesday.
Nancy Pelosi of the House, Democratic-Calif. will make a statement, and then observe silence on the House’s floor at noon.
To give historical perspective, Senator Majority leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y. will be joined by her and Doris Kearns Goodwin at 1 pm.
Pelosi, along with other Congress members, will then share their personal experiences from Jan. 6.
Legislators will pray vigil at the Capitol’s center steps starting at 5:30 pm.
Merrick Garland is the U.S. Attorney General and speaks at the Department of Justice. This was in anticipation of one year since the attack on Washington’s U.S. Capitol.
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On January 6, 2021 hundreds of rioters broke through police lines and entered the Capitol. The rioters smashed windows, damaged offices and made threats before occupying the Senate. They carried stun guns and pepper spray.
According to the Justice Department, approximately 140 officers responding to the attack were attacked. Five of these officers were killed since the attack, four from suicide.
The DOJ’s investigation of the invasion has now grown to the largest criminal probe in U.S. history — and its work is far from over.
It is staggering to see that in one year the government had arrested and tried to imprison more than 725 individuals for their involvement in the riot. Over 325 people were arrested for felonies. Some of these included assaulting officials and corruption in trying to block Congress’ official proceedings. Ten people were accused of attacking members or disassembling their equipment.
FBI still trying to find more than 350 others who it thinks were involved in violence at Capitol. These include more than 250 people who may have assaulted police officers.
DOJ’s investigation was unprecedented in scope, and involved personnel from all FBI branches. All the attorneys’ offices in the country. More than 5,000 subpoenas have been issued and warrants issued. The agency seized around 2,000 devices, and processed more than 15 Terabytes data.
Garland declared Wednesday in a speech that “the actions we’ve taken thus far won’t be our final,”
“The Justice Department remains committed to holding all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy,” Garland said.
He stated, “We’ll follow the facts wherever it leads.”
January 6th Committee Chairman Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) and Rep. Liz Cheney (R-Wyo.), during the House Rules Committee meeting regarding the Resolution Recommending that The House Of Representatives Locate Jeffrey Bossert Clark in Contempt Of Congress for Refusal to Comply with A Subpoena Issued by The Select Committee To Investigate the January 6th Attack on The United States Capitol on Thursday, December 2, 2020.
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The nine-member House select committee is gearing up to hold public hearings soon — possibly within weeks, panelist Adam Schiff, D-Calif., said on Sunday.
This hearing will show in fine detail the events of Jan. 6th, both at Capitol Hill and White House. where Trump was watching the events unfold live. Trump took hours to wait before uploading a video online. In it, he encouraged his followers to return home and said that he loved them. Your kindness is extraordinary.
This committee will investigate the causes and facts of the Capitol Riot and create a report.
This committee issued 52 subpoenas. Since July, it has retrieved more that 35,000 records and conducted over 350 witness interviews.
Members claim that it is now expanding its investigations. they want to hear directly from former Vice President Mike Pence. Trump pressured Pence, but Pence refused to take down key Electoral College votes that Biden received while he presided over Congress on January 6.
While the committee has no prosecution power, it does have the ability to craft criminal referrals which Congress can submit to Justice Department. It has so far led the House to refer two people — former Trump advisor Steve Bannon and former Trump chief of staff Mark Meadows — to the DOJ for prosecution over their noncompliance with congressional subpoenas.
Bannon was charged by the DOJ with contempt of Congress on two counts. Bannon has pleaded guilty.
The members of the committee are reportedlyA range of criminal acts could be investigated, possibly including Trump’s possible criminality.
Last month, Cheney revealed to the committee a key question: “Did Donald Trump corruptly attempt to block or hinder Congress’ official proceeding for counting electoral votes?”
Some legal observers suggested that Cheney’s comments implied that the committee was looking into some of these matters. whether Trump may have committed a crime.
The committee revealed the information on Tuesday as well. has asked Sean Hannity, the Fox News opinion host and a close ally and confidant of Trump’s, to voluntarily cooperate with the probe. A letter was published by the committee revealing texts Hannity had sent Trump’s assistants between Jan. 6th and Jan. 6. It also offered suggestions and expressed concerns.
Hannity said, “I’m very concerned about the next 48 hour,” in Jan. 5, a text that was shown.