January 21, 2022

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Jan 6 riot news – live: Trump fumes over Biden speech as report says Harris was at DNC when pipe bomb found – The Independent

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Five moments from the Capitol riot that I’ll never forget

Joe Biden has given a his much-trailed speech marking the anniversary of the deadly riot at the US Capitol on 6 January 2021 – a searing address in which he condemned Donald Trump for watching TV during the insurrection as his supporters attacked Congress.

He also dismissed the idea that the insurrectionists were “patriots”, declaring that “you cannot love your country only when you win. You cannot obey the law only when it is convenient. You cannot be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies.

“Those who stormed this Capitol, and those who instigated and incited, and those who called on them to do so held a dagger at the throat of America, at American democracy. They did not come here out of patriotism or principle. They came here in rage. Not in service of America, but rather, in service of one man.”

His speech comes as some Democrats are said to be quietly exploring how they could potentially ban Mr Trump from holding office again, following the deadly riot last year in which five people lost their lives.

Mr Trump has responded by releasing three statements continuing to air his grievances and conspiracy theories about the 2020 election, while calling for the “MAGA nation” to “rise up” against the Biden administration over vaccine mandates.

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Kamala Harris ‘was inside DNC HQ when pipe bomb found’

Vice president Kamala Harris was reportedly inside the building on 6 January 2021 when a pipe bomb was discovered outside the Democratic National Convention (DNC) headquarters, after rioters struck the US’s Capitol Hill.

Capitol Police and Secret Service had evacuated a previously unnamed “protectee” at 1.14pm, just minutes after police started investigating the presence of a pipe bomb outside the DNC headquarters at 1.07pm, according to an official Capitol Police timeline of events.

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Adam Withnall7 January 2022 06:38

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Media’s divergence in coverage of one year of Capitol insurrection

At one point on Thursday while representative Adam Kinzinger was recounting the US Capitol insurrection on CNN, and on MSNBC there was a report on the Justice Department’s probe into the riot, the Fox News Channel aired a video of a painting dog to illustrate a discussion about people maxing out on screen time, reports the Associated Press.

This snapshot of the day’s TV on 6 January highlights a divergence in the coverage of the first anniversary of the riot that was clear from Thursday’s earliest hours.

Between 6.20am and 9am, the Fox and Friends show mentioned the anniversary only twice.

While all the main broadcast and cable news networks, including Fox News, covered president Joe Biden’s anniversary speech live, differences in their coverage were stark. ABC anchor David Muir said: “You could clearly hear the passion in his voice as he was telling the American people what’s at stake.” NBC’s Savannah Guthrie said the attack on Trump was “pretty remarkable”.

Fox News’ commentary, on the other hand, referred to the speech as divisive and a missed opportunity. “We’ve got a lot of challenges that we’re dealing with,” said anchor Dana Perino. “You could have talked about the strength of our system.”

Newsmax’s Tom Basile said that the president believes that a country is defined by its worst moments. He said Mr Biden sees everyone involved in the attack as extremists and terrorists, “and I think the American people are going to chafe at that”.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi participate in a prayer vigil to commemorate the anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol

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Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi participate in a prayer vigil to commemorate the anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol

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Namita Singh7 January 2022 05:57

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‘We were told to pull out our gas masks,’ recalls Jayapal

Representative Pramila Jayapal said she “vividly” remembers when the rioters stormed through the US Capitol on 6 January, last year.

“I remember it incredibly vividly, I remember every detail,” said Ms Jayapal. “We were told to pull out our gas masks, which many of us had never seen, never knew how to use, and then we were told to get down onto the floor.”

Demanding accountability, the lawmaker said: “We need to get to the bottom of exactly what happened and who was involved and bring every single one, including those at the very top, to justice. It’s going to be very hard for us to assure that this is never going to happen again. And to allow the country to heal.”

US Representative Pramila Jayapal, speaks on the first anniversary of the assault on the US Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC on 6 January 2022

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US Representative Pramila Jayapal, speaks on the first anniversary of the assault on the US Capitol in the Cannon House Office Building in Washington, DC on 6 January 2022

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Namita Singh7 January 2022 05:00

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Democrats warn against perpetuation of Big Lie

Several Democrats have warned against the ongoing threat to democracy of Donald Trump’s election fraud claims, as they marked the one-year anniversary of the 6 January riots.

“We’re at a point now where the Big Lie is perpetuating itself,” said Senator Bob Casey in the Senate, according to the Philadelphia Enquirer.

“On January 6, 2021, we thwarted the attack on the Capitol. On January 6, 2022, the attack on our democracy continues,” said representative Tom Malinowski.

Representative Mary Gay Scanlon criticised Republicans for raising doubts about the election results, adding that those who “sit silently or make cowardly statements about not being sure about the election result,” are just as “guilty”.

A view of the US Capitol at sunset on 5 January 2022 in Washington, DC

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A view of the US Capitol at sunset on 5 January 2022 in Washington, DC

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Namita Singh7 January 2022 04:32

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The Capitol riot as seen by The Independent’s Richard Hall

ICYMI: As a violent mob marched on the US Capitol, The Independent’s Richard Hall walked with them.

Watch the five moments he’ll never forget from 6 January 2021.

Five moments from January 6 riot that I’ll never forget

January 6, 2021, will go down as one of the darkest days in American history. Following a rally where former President Donald Trump denounced the election result, thousands marched on the US Capitol attacking police and threatening lawmakers.Amongst the chaos, the Independent’s US reporter Richard Hall walked with the crowd. A year on from the events of that day, we take a look back at the most dramatic moments as they unfolded around him. Sign up to our free newsletters by clicking here.

Graeme Massie7 January 2022 03:59

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‘I was scared’, recounts Raskin’s daughter

Tabitha Raskin, the daughter of Democratic representative Jamie Raskin, in an interview with CNN recounted being “scared” as she hid under the desk in representative Steny Hoyer’s office with her husband Hank Kronick after the riots broke out.

“As soon as we heard them close, we immediately looked for someplace to hide. It was really the only good hiding spot,” she said, “So the two of us, we hid under his desk. We were under there for a while. I remember there was a hole in the desk for cords, and I was scared. I just imagined people coming in and like seeing us through the hole and then I remember trying to cover the hole.”

Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol in Washington DC on 6 January 2021

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Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as people try to storm the US Capitol in Washington DC on 6 January 2021

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Namita Singh7 January 2022 03:46

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Republicans missing in action as Democrats emotionally commemorate Capitol riot anniversary

Democrats emotionally recounted the violence of the Capitol riot, while Republicans were mostly AWOL, Eric Garcia reports.

Graeme Massie7 January 2022 03:34

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Most Americans fear another attack on democracy, poll says

ICYMI: Around 57 per cent of Americans, including half of Republicans and seven out of 10 Democrats, believe there will be a repeat of the pro-Trump insurrection that occurred a year ago today.

According to poll by Axios-Momentive, 63 per cent of respondents also said that the attack changed the way that Americans thought about democratic government in the US.

It comes amid polling showing that as many as 81 per cent of Republican voters believed the 2020 election was not won fairly by Mr Biden and the Democrats – and a deepening divide on several other issues, as Graeme Massie writes.

Graeme Massie7 January 2022 03:02

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Capitol rioters have raised millions from crowdfunding sites

Over 100 alleged participants of the Capitol riot are crowdfunding in an attempt to pay their soaring legal fees, with around $3 million being raised by the group so far.

As Daily Dot reports, they collectively hope to raise $13 million in total, with donations for each of the accused individuals fluctuating massively – as some haven’t garnered any donations at all.

Tom Fenton has the story.

Graeme Massie7 January 2022 02:34

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‘Jan 6 is not behind us’: House lawmakers reflect on riot with Capitol Police officer’s family in attendance

House Democrats gathered for more than two hours to reflect on the chaos and aftermath of the attack on the halls of Congress, sharing their emotional experience inside the US Capitol on 6 January, 2021 as a mob threatened to break into the chamber.

The parents of US Capitol Police officer Brian Sicknick – who died following two strokes the day after the assault – were also in attendance at the event at the Capitol on Thursday, as two dozen lawmakers recalled the shock of the assault and recommitted themselves against anti-democratic threats.

Alex Woodward has more.

Graeme Massie7 January 2022 02:17

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