US Capitol attack: How events unfolded on January 6, 2021
The Capitol riots will complete one year on January 6, 2022
Donald Trump cancelled his press conference that was scheduled for the day
Nancy Pelosi has announced a series of events to mark the one year anniversary
The congressional committee investigating the US Capitol riots of January 6 last year are expected to go public with their findings. They’ve interviewed more than 300 witnesses, collected tens of thousands of documents and travelled around the country to talk to election officials who were allegedly pressured by Donald Trump.
While, the committee is still trying to find a way to subpoena lawmakers, Nancy Pelosi had announced a series of events to mark the one year anniversary.
Donald Trump cancelled his press conference that was scheduled for the day. The former President said that he will instead present his grievances in rally at Arizona later this month.
However, the series of these events, social media bans, tightening of the US Capitol security - all of it stems from what happened on January 6, 2021. Let's take a look: (EST - Times are estimates)
1 PM: The Congress, led by then-VP Mike Pence, assembles to certify Joe Biden's 2020 election win at the Capitol.
1: 10 PM: Donald Trump reaches the end of his speech at the 'Save America' rally. He asks his supporters, thousands of them, to walk to the Capitol.
“We fight like hell, and if you don't fight like hell, you're not going to have a country anymore. So we are going to walk down Pennsylvania Avenue – I love Pennsylvania Avenue – and we are going to the Capitol," Trump said.
- Rioters move to the Capitol and indulge with police on the steps.
1:26 PM: After the rioters start breaking the barricades, Capitol Police order the evacuation of the Library of Congress, Madison Building and Cannon House Office Building.
1:40 PM: Washington DC Mayor Bowser orders citywide curfew.
1:46 PM: “Supporters of the President are trying to force their way into the Capitol and I can hear what sounds like multiple gunshots," tweets Rep. Elaine Luria.
2:11 PM: The mob breaches police lines on the west side of the Capitol. They start scaling the walls.
2:22 PM: VP Pence is escorted out of the Senate chamber.
2:24 PM: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!" Trump tweets.
2:38 PM: "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!" Trump tweets.
2:44 PM: Shots are reported fired in the House chamber.
Photographs of the rioters on the Senate floor emerge on social media.
3:13 PM: Trump tweets: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!”
The District of Columbia National Guard, about 1,100 troops, is mobilized to support local law enforcement.
Donald Trump in a video message says, “I know your pain. I know you’re hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order. ... So go home. We love you, you’re very special. ... I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace.”
Twitter bans Trump's account for 12 hours.
8 PM: Congress reconvenes to resume counting Electoral College votes.