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2021 United States Capitol attack
On January 6, 2021, the United States Capitol in Washington D.C., was attacked by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump. They sought to overturn his defeat in the 2020 presidential election by disrupting the joint session of Congress assembled to count electoral votes that would formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
The Capitol Complex was locked down and lawmakers and staff were evacuated, while rioters assaulted law enforcement officers and vandalized the building for several hours. Five people died either shortly before, during, or following the event: one was shot by Capitol Police, another died of a drug overdose, and three succumbed to natural causes. Many people were injured, including 138 police officers. Four officers who responded to the riot died by suicide within seven months.
Called to action by Trump, thousands of his supporters gathered in Washington, D.C., on January 5 and 6 to support his false that the 2020 election had been “stolen by emboldened radical-left Democrats”, and to demand that Vice President Mike Pence and Congress reject Biden’s victory. Starting at noon on January 6, at a “Save America” rally on the Ellipse, Trump repeated false claims of election irregularities and said, “If you don’t fight like hell, you’re not going to have a country anymore”.
During and after his speech, thousands of attendees walked to the Capitol and hundreds breached police perimeters, as Congress was beginning the electoral vote count. Many in the crowd broke into the building, occupying, vandalizing, and looting it, assaulting Capitol Police officers and reporters, and attempting to locate lawmakers to capture and harm. Gallows had been erected west of the Capitol and some rioters chanted “Hang Mike Pence” after he rejected false claims by Trump and others that the vice president could overturn the election results.
Some vandalized and looted the offices of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and other members of Congress. With building security breached, Capitol Police evacuated and locked down both chambers of Congress and several buildings in the Capitol Complex. Rioters occupied and looted the empty Senate chamber while federal law enforcement officers defended the evacuated House floor. Pipe bombs were found at the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, and Molotov cocktails were discovered in a vehicle near the Capitol. Despite this, Trump resisted sending the to quell the mob.
Later that afternoon, in a Twitter video, Trump reasserted that the election was “fraudulent”, but told his supporters to “go home in peace”. The Capitol was clear of rioters by mid-evening, and the counting of the electoral votes resumed and completed in the early morning hours of January 7. Pence declared President-elect Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris victorious. Pressured by his administration, the threat of removal, and many resignations, Trump later committed to an orderly transition of power in a televised statement.
A week after the riot, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for incitement of insurrection making him the only U.S. president to have been impeached twice. In February, after Trump had left office, the Senate acquitted him: 43 senators found Trump not guilty, 57 found him guilty (a guilty verdict required a minimum of 67 votes). The House passed a bill to create a bipartisan independent commission modeled after the 9/11 Commission to investigate the attack, but it was blocked by Republicans in the Senate. Pelosi then proposed, and the House approved, a House select committee to investigate the attack.
Dozens of people present in Washington, D.C. on the day, including some who took part in the riot, were found to be listed in the FBI’s Terrorist Screening Database most as suspected white supremacists. Members of anti-government groups, including the Oath Keepers, Proud Boys and Three Percenters, were charged with conspiracy for allegedly staging planned missions at the Capitol. By early October, 668 people were charged with federal crimes relating to the attack.