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Live updates: Biden accuses Trump of holding ‘dagger at the throat of democracy’ in Jan. 6 speech – USA TODAY

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President Joe Biden denounced former President Donald Trump as a threat to democracy in a blistering speech marking a year since the brazen Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Against the background of Statuary Hall in the Capitol, Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris addressed the nation on Thursday morning, a day of memorials.

“Our democracy held. We the people endured. We the people prevailed,” Biden said of the day on which Congress certified his win in the 2020 election.

The president said he would not shrink from a fight for the country.

“I will defend this nation and allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of democracy,” Biden said.

Biden’s speech at Capitol:Biden unleashes a year’s worth of anger at Trump in Jan. 6 speech, blasting him as an undemocratic liar

The Jan. 6 insurrection, predicated on overturning the results of the 2020 presidential election, led to five deaths, hundreds of arrests and the creation of the bipartisan House select committee dedicated to investigating the causes behind it.

The events of that day led to the second impeachment of former President Donald Trump over his role in inciting the violence. He was acquitted by the Senate in February.

In the aftermath of the Capitol riot, relationships between Republican and Democratic senators and members of Congress — many of whom took shelter from the rioters on Capitol Hill — became strained. Some have called into question the trustworthiness of those still supportive of Trump.

Lawmakers will commemorate the day with narratives, reflections and a prayer vigil.

Congress remembers:‘This is insane.’ Lawmakers relive Jan. 6 horror alongside fresh trauma of effort to rewrite history

Fact checking:Capitol riot misinformation persists: False claims continue to circulate on Facebook

House Speaker Pelosi commends Capitol Police, warns of danger of insurrection

A solemn atmosphere on the House floor hung over the 40 House Democrats and two Republicans, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo., and her father, former Vice President Dick Cheney, as House Chaplain Margaret Grun Kibben delivered a prayer for the health, safety and stability of the nation.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., acknowledged the somber occasion by announcing that while no legislative business would take place in the House until next week, legislators would fill a different duty that day.

“Today one year ago, the Capitol and those who work in it were targeted by a violent insurrection that sought to undermine democracy,” Pelosi said. “As we acknowledged the horror of that day, we honor the heroism of so many,” she continued, citing Capitol police, professional staffers and first responders.

“In the face of extreme danger, they all risked their safety for our democracy,” Pelosi said. She also acknowledged the officers killed that day, and other officers who had died by suicide in the months after the insurrection.

Quoting Presidents Abraham Lincoln and George Washington, Pelosi cautioned that US democracy remained under assault from within, as in past eras.

“Today we accept responsibility as daunting and demanding as any that previous generations of leaders have faced,” Pelosi said, referencing GOP state voting laws and ongoing efforts to undermine trust in the electoral process.

— Matt Brown

Low-key Senate session

The Senate is holding a low-key session on the Jan. 6 anniversary – at least half of it is.

As the Republican side of the chamber  sat empty, a steady stream of Democrats went to the floor to mark the occasion and warn Americans that democracy remains under threat.

Urging the passage of new voting rights legislation, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y.,  called on Americans “to rise to the occasion and assure that the mob, the violence,  the lies do not win the day.”

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., recalled how she and staffers had to leave ahead of the surging rioters. She recalled how a staffer shouted to “take the boxes” full of electoral ballots.

Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., said some lawmakers – i.e., Republicans – have developed “amnesia” about Jan. 6, and led “a concerted effort to downplay or grossly mischaracterize” the brutal effort to overturn a legitimate election.

Some Senate Republicans made statements on the occasion, and some accused the Democrats of “politicizing” the Jan. 6 attack.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., called Jan. 6 “a dark day” for all Americans, and said the Capitol “was stormed by criminals who brutalized police officers and used force to try to stop Congress from doing its job.”

McConnell also said:  “It has been stunning to see some Washington Democrats try to exploit this anniversary to advance partisan policy goals.”

McConnell led a delegation of Republicans to attend the funeral of former member Johnny Isakson of Georgia. Also, the Senate chamber is usually mostly empty; members typically arrive to give their remarks and then leave.

— David Jackson

More:Mitch McConnell 1 year after Jan. 6 Capitol attack: Democrats are trying to ‘exploit this anniversary’

Former VP Dick Cheney attends House moment of silence

Former VP Dick Cheney attended the House’s moment of silence on Thursday.

Before it started, he was seen on the House floor with his daughter, Rep. Liz Cheney, R-Wyo.. They were huddled talking to Majority Leader Steny Hoyer.

The father-daughter duo sat in the first row. Behind them, on the Republican side of the chamber, nearly every single seat was empty.

After the moment of silence, several lawmakers have lined up to say hello to the former VP.

Pelosi went over and enthusiastically shook his hand.

— Savannah Behrmann

More:Biden unleashes a year’s worth of anger at Trump in Jan. 6 speech, blasting him as an undemocratic liar

‘Best speech I’ve heard him give’: Senators react to Biden speech 

Senators from both sides of the political aisle had strong feelings about President Joe Biden’s passionate speech, in which he lambasted former president Donald Trump for what he described as inaction on Jan. 6 and spreading falsehoods about the 2020 election.

“We’ve known each other for 50 years,” Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., told USA TODAY. “It’s probably the best speech I’ve heard him give, but more importantly, it was the most important speech for the country this time. The President of the United States had to speak out like that, and I thank him for it.”

When asked if Biden should have made this speech sooner, Leahy said the president “picked the exact right time.”

Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., told USA TODAY she thought it was “excellent” and “exactly what needed to be said.”

However, some Senate Republicans disagreed with that analysis.

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., tweeted it was “brazen politicization of January 6 by President Biden.”  

–Savannah Behrmann

Transcript:‘A dagger at the throat of democracy’: Read the transcript of Biden’s full speech calling out Trump

Obama: We need to protect democracy

Former President Barack Obama warned Thursday that “democracy is at greater risk today” than it was a year ago as states across the country battle over voting rights legislation.

“Our system of government has never been automatic. If we want our children to grow up in a true democracy – not just one with elections, but one where every voice matters and every vote counts – we need to nurture and protect it,” he wrote in a statement posted to social media. “Today, that responsibility falls to all of us. And on this anniversary, nothing is more important.”

– Amy Nakamura

Trump response to Biden speech

Former President Donald Trump responded to President Joe Biden’s scathing remarks about his role in the Jan. 6 mob attack on the Capitol by accusing Biden and the Democrats of trying to stoke fears and divide the country.

In a pair of statements issued shortly after Biden’s speech, Trump accused his successor of using the insurrectionist attack by a mob of pro-Trump supporters to deflect from “the incompetent job he’s doing.”

“This political theater is all just a distraction for the fact Biden has completely and totally failed,” Trump said.

In his remarks, Biden laid the blame for the attack one year ago squarely at the feet of Trump.

Trump fired back that Biden “used my name” to try to “further divide America.”

Biden never actually used Trump’s name. He referred to the “former president” 16 times during his remarks, but never actually mentioned Trump by name.

Afterward, Biden told reporters he never called Trump out by name because “I did not want to turn it into a contemporary political battle between me and the president.”

“It’s way beyond that,” he said.

– Michael Collins and David Jackson

Biden’s speech:‘A dagger at the throat of democracy’: Read the transcript of Biden’s full speech calling out Trump

Trump backer at Capitol to show support 

Outside the fences surrounding the Capitol stands a man with a cowboy hat and an American flag sewn on his jacket.

Larry Warren traveled from Grand Rapids, Michigan, to “commemorate the anniversary of the Jan. 6 movement” and “support the prisoners that are still being held.” Warren was also here last year but was stopped by Capitol police before he could get into the Capitol. 

Warren grew up as a Democrat but became an independent once he lost his job at a Michigan steel mill that closed in the 1990s. Warren supports Trump’s policies to “buy American, hire American” and switched his affiliation to the Republican Party when Trump became president. He hopes for more transparency about the charges levied against the prisoners who were arrested last year on Jan. 6.

– Michelle Shen

Outside the Capitol: ‘I still see division’

On the snowy grounds outside the Capitol’s eastern front, a small group of press and a few members of the public are gathered in front of the barricades blocking off the building. Elizabeth Nicholas, a Capitol Hill resident and former Senate staffer, said she felt “mixed emotions” as she paused to reflect on last Jan. 6 while walking her dogs, Stella and Archie. 

Nicholas was in North Carolina visiting family that day and remembers trying to get in touch with friends who worked inside the building as she learned about the breach. She didn’t know if they were safe for several hours. 

“It was very triggering because we all went through September 11 being part of the Senate family,” she said, adding that she hopes the country can come together the way it did after 9/11. “It was very, very hard.”

“I would like to see more unity,” Nicholas said. “I still see division.”

– N’dea Yancey-Bragg 

Biden: Trump, insurrectionists ‘held dagger at the throat of America’

President Joe Biden placed the blame for the mob attack on the Capitol one year ago squarely at the feet of Donald Trump, saying the former president and his supporters who stormed the seat of democracy “held a dagger at the throat of America.”

“You can’t love your country only when you win,” he said. “You can’t obey the law only when it’s convenient. You can’t be patriotic when you embrace and enable lies.”

Biden delivered his remarks from Statuary Hall, a stately, semicircular chamber that houses a collection of statutes of prominent Americans donated by all 50 states. The room was one of several in the Capitol broken into last year by the mob of insurrectionists looking to stop Congress from certifying the results of the presidential election.

“They didn’t come here out of patriotism or principle,” Biden said. “They came here in rage.”

President Joe Biden speaks at the US Capitol on Jan. 6, 2022, one year after the attack on the Capitol in Washington, DC.

While Biden had harsh words for the pro-Trump mob that stormed the Capitol, he also called out the former president in blunt language, calling him “a defeated former president” who sowed doubts about the electoral process even before the first ballot was cast and later instigated the mob attack on the Capitol.

On Jan. 6, “for the first time in our history, a president had not just lost an election: He tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power,” he said.

Trump and his supporters are trying to rewrite history, Biden added.

“They want you to see Election Day as the day of insurrection and the riot that took place here on Jan. 6 as a true expression of the will of people,” he said. “Can you think of a more twisted way to look at this country?”

Despite the attack, the attempt to thwart democracy failed, Biden said.

“This is not a land of kings or dictators or autocrats,” he said. “We’re a nation of laws, of order, not chaos – of peace, not violence. Here in America, the people rule through the ballot.”

– Michael Collins

Harris: Capitol riot an attack on rule of law, broader threat to democracy persists

Shortly after 9 a.m., President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris walked onto a platform in the Capitol’s Statuary Hall, where the silence was heavy, aside from the sounds of their footsteps and the clicking of cameras. The room was mostly empty besides a handful of reporters, staffers, and TV cameras.

As Harris began speaking, Biden retrieved a tissue from his pocket, and wiped his eyes. 

Harris described the Capitol insurrection as an ominous warning about the future of the country should its root causes go unaddressed.

“On January 6th, we all saw what our nation would look like if the forces who seek to dismantle our democracy are successful: The lawlessness, the violence, the chaos,” Harris said.

“The American spirit is being tested,” she cautioned. The answer to whether we will meet that test resides where it has always resided in our country – with you. The people. The work ahead will not be easy.”

The vice president described the rioters actions as an attack “on the rule of law” and further argued that conspiracy theories about the illegitimacy of the 2020 election threatened the democratic nature of the country. She called on Congress to pass voting rights legislation to combat restrictive voting laws passed in GOP states.

“We cannot sit on the sidelines. We must unite in defense of our democracy,” Harris said.

– Matthew Brown

Karl Rove: GOP has a duty to condemn rioters

On the eve of the Capitol insurrection anniversary, one of American conservatism’s most influential architects urged Republicans to condemn the Capitol insurrection for the good of the country.

“On the anniversary of Jan. 6, I’m addressing squarely those Republicans who for a year have excused the actions of the rioters who stormed the Capitol, disrupted Congress as it received the Electoral College’s results, and violently attempted to overturn the election,” wrote Karl Rove, a former senior adviser in the George W. Bush administration and political commentator, in an op-ed for the Wall Street Journal.

Rove condemned efforts at “soft pedaling” the events of Jan. 6, arguing that any downplaying of the violence or mob’s motivations was a danger to the country.

“If Democrats had done what some Trump supporters did on that violent Jan. 6, Republicans would have criticized them mercilessly and been right to do so,” Rove wrote.

– Matthew Brown

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Carter: Political distrust threatens to ‘collapse’ US democracy

Former President Jimmy Carter held out hope that the Capitol riot would “shock the nation into addressing the toxic polarization that threatens our democracy.” That hasn’t happened.

Writing Thursday in The New York Times, the nation’s 39th president said too many people continue to promote the lie of a stolen election in 2020. They “have taken over one political party and stoked distrust in our electoral systems,” Carter wrote on the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol.

Carter wrote that politicians “have leveraged the distrust they have created to enact laws that empower partisan legislatures to intervene in election processes.” 

While not specifically citing ex-President Donald Trump or the Republican Party by name, Carter called out politicians in Texas, Florida and his home state of Georgia.

He added: “They seek to win by any means, and many Americans are being persuaded to think and act likewise, threatening to collapse the foundations of our security and democracy with breathtaking speed.”

– David Jackson

Jan. 6 events around Washington

To begin a day of events commemorating Jan. 6, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala will deliver remarks at 9 a.m. at the Capitol.

On Capitol Hill, a series of memorials organized by Democrats will mark the Capitol attack with prayer, testimony from lawmakers and conversations with historians.

The events kick off at noon. A prayer vigil and moment of silence will be observed on the House floor, followed by a panel moderated by the sitting Librarian of Congress to “establish and preserve the narrative of January 6th.”

More:Biden, Trump, Pelosi and prayers: What to expect during Thursday’s Jan. 6 commemorations

At least two GOP lawmakers, Reps. Matt Gaetz, R-Fla., and Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., will counter-program the main events with their own speeches.

In the afternoon, at 2:30 p.m. Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., will preside over testimonies from lawmakers about their experiences during the insurrection.

Elsewhere around Washington, civic groups will push to remember the insurrection in their own manner.

The Catalyst Movement, a social advocacy organization, will hold a vigil from 2-6 p.m. on the National Mall.

At 4:45 p.m., a coalition of more than 130 organizations will hold a candlelight vigil near the Capitol. Shortly after and nearby, at 5:30 p.m., lawmakers will hold a prayer vigil on the steps of the Capitol.

– Matthew Brown

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Biden to pin ‘singular responsibility’ on Trump for Jan. 6 attack in Capitol speech

President Joe Biden will pin “singular responsibility” for the Jan. 6 Capitol attack on former President Donald Trump during remarks on Thursday marking a year since the insurrection.

The White House said Biden will use his speech to “forcibly push back on the lie spread by the former president” about the 2020 election.

Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will both speak Thursday morning at the Capitol, kicking off a full day of events to commemorate the attack. Excerpts released ahead of it point to a speech focused on a turning point in U.S. democracy.

“And so at this moment we must decide what kind of nation we are going to be. Are we going to be a nation that accepts political violence as a norm? Are we going to be a nation where we allow partisan election officials to overturn the legally expressed will of the people? Are we going to be a nation that lives not by the light of the truth but in the shadow of lies?

“We cannot allow ourselves to be that kind of nation.

“The way forward is to recognize the truth and to live by it.”

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Biden will “speak to the truth of what happened” on Jan. 6 and talk about the work the U.S. must do to “secure and strengthen our democracy.”

“I would expect that President Biden will lay out the significance of what happened at the Capitol and the singular responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage that we saw,” Psaki said, “and he will forcibly push back on the lie spread by the former president and attempts to mislead the American people and his own supporters as well as distract from his role in what happened.”

Psaki said Biden will also touch on voting rights legislation, which Democratic leaders are hoping to pass by Jan. 17, Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

– Joey Garrison

Witness:Chilling images from the Capitol riot: Jan. 6 insurrection in photos

Who has been prosecuted?

Federal prosecutors have charged over 700 people in more than 45 states for participating in the insurrection.

But the FBI’s wanted page for violent Capitol offenders shows photos of another 350 people who have yet to be publicly identified or charged. As of mid-December, at least 146 individuals have signed guilty pleas and at least 55 have been sentenced.

Among those charged are Frank Scavo, a former Republican candidate for Pennsylvania state Senate; Tam Dinh Pham, an ex-Houston police officer; and “QAnon Shaman” Jacob Chansley, aka Jake Angeli. 

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Notable images from January 6

The events of the day were witnessed live by millions through livestreams and captured in shocking images. Flip through the most iconic photos here. Below, some notable ones.

Supporters of former President Donald Trump attack the U.S. Capitol in an effort to overturn the results of the 2020 election on Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (Kent Nishimura/Los Angeles Times/TNS)

ABOVE: Trump supporters force themselves through a police barrier in front of the Capitol. The rioters breached police lines on the west side of the building at 2:11 p.m.

Protesters, loyal to then-President Donald Trump, storm the U.S. Capitol.

ABOVE: Police release teargas against rioters surrounding the Capitol on Jan. 6. Those who made it past police lines scaled the walls. Some were photographed breaking building windows around 2:30 p.m.

Police with guns drawn face off against rioters trying to break into the House Chamber at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, on Jan. 6, 2021.

ABOVE: Rioters who breached the House chamber faced a standoff with armed law enforcement. Shots were reportedly fired in the chamber at 2:44 p.m. Lawmakers were supplied with escape hoods, respiratory hoods and a mask to protect against fires and chemical accidents before evacuating the room, according to witnesses.

Investigation:Capitol riot: What we know about allegations of inside help from members of Congress

Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by U.S. Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber inside the Capitol in Washington. Jacob Anthony Chansley, the Arizona man with the painted face and wearing a horned, fur hat, was taken into custody on Jan. 9 and charged with counts that include violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Rioters are confronted outside the Senate chamber after breaching the Capitol. Trump supporter Jacob Chansley arrived wearing horns and carrying a U.S. flag. Chansley was arrested days later and sentenced in November to 41 months in federal prison for obstructing a civil proceeding.

An explosion lights the west side of the U.S. Capitol as the pro-Trump mob is pushed back on the evening of Jan. 6, 2021.

Police munitions used to fend off rioters light up the west side of the Capitol. The mob of Trump supporters fought their way into the building, overcoming barriers erected by law enforcement and breaking windows to get in.

Exclusive:A year after Jan. 6, Americans say democracy is in peril but disagree on why: USA TODAY/Suffolk poll

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