Two years ago on January 6, 2021, several thousand attacked the United States Capitol in an effort to stop the certification of the 2020 election results. The incident occurred thanks to false claims that the election was rigged against Republican former President Donald Trump.
More than 2,000 people stormed the Capitol building, ransacked offices, smashed windows, and trashed the public place in search of several members of Congress. The assault was unsuccessful but it did set off several alarms about the stability of the US democracy and the growing influence of anti-democratic elements in the Republican Party.
On the second anniversary of this Capitol storm, President Joe Biden set to hold a White House ceremony located in the East room in order to commemorate the events that tragically unfolded that day.
960 Arrested for Storming Capitol Hill
According to the US Department of Justice, more than 950 people have been charged with Federal Crimes in relation to the attack, with several facing accusations of seditious conspiracy, which is a rare above very serious offense.
192 of those defendants have been sentenced to time in prison and 484 have pleaded guilty to several crimes. Almost 230 of those were arrested back in 2022, but arrests continue with at least 17 being arrested in December. The FBI allegedly reviewed more than 4 million files, which included 30,000 video files, and to this day continues to seek several tips from the public.
An investigative Committee in the US House of Representatives recommended several criminal charges last month for political figures that are linked to the attack. This includes former President Trump who was presiding at the time and had encouraged the Riders to storm into the capital.
Remembering the January 6 Capitol Riot Two Years Later
Roughly 350 other suspects still remain on the FBI’s Wanted list of violent offenders, according to attorney general Merrick Garland. “Our work is far from over,” he went on to say.
According to USA Today among the charges are the following.
- 315 counts of violent entry and disorderly conduct.
- 222 counts of civil disorder or interfering with law enforcement during civil disorder.
- 95 counts of conspiracy.
- 17 counts of seditious conspiracy.