The Capitol attacks in Washington DC will complete one year on January 6, 2022, where supporters of former United States President Donald Trump stormed the legislative building to disrupt the certification of votes of then-President-elect Joe Biden.
However, some questions continue to remain unanswered even after one full year. According to a BBC report, these are:
-Did the Trump administration think the Washington DC rally would turn violent?
The January 6 rally around the Capitol complex was pushed by multiple officials of the United States government, mainly those affiliated with the Republican party. These include the former President, his close ally Steve Bannon and some members of the congress.
While there seems to be no public evidence, so far, about direct involvement of any official in the Capitol storming, law enforcement officials were reportedly hesitant to take make an extensive move on the day. A suggestion by Joint Chiefs of Staff Chair Mark Milley to lock down the capital city was dismissed as being too provocative, according to BBC.
-Why was the response to the insurrection delayed?
The commander of Washington DC’s National Guard Major General William Walker reportedly sent in a request to then-United States Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller to deploy the forces. This was done shortly before the Capitol was breached.
However, the request did not reach the Pentagon for more than two hours, delaying the National Guard response, according to reports from BBC.
-Was the insurrection taken seriously by the White House?
The House Select Committee, which has been tasked with investigating the events of January 6, has been trying to put together Trump’s activities through the day by gathering evidence.
Multiple lawmakers have made it clear that Trump was aware of what was happening at the Capitol complex. House minority leader Kevin McCarthy called Trump and urged him to take steps to curb the attacks.
Tommy Tuberville, a GOP lawmaker from Alabama, called the President about the insurrection and said things were not “very good”, to which Trump responded, “I know we’ve got problems.”