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This Happened—January 6: U.S. Capitol Attack

Supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol on this date in 2021.

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What happened at the Capitol on January 6?

After the defeat of former U.S. President Donald Trump in the 2020 presidential election, a mob of his supporters attacked the United States Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. The attack disrupted a joint session of Congress convened to certify the results of the presidential election of 2020. It was widely regarded as an insurrection or attempted coup because it aimed to prevent a sitting president-elect from assuming office.

How many people were sentenced for their roles in the January 6 riot?

By the end of 2021, 725 people had been charged with federal crimes, mostly with seditious conspiracy or insurrection.

What role did Donald Trump play in Jan. 6?

Trump repeatedly claimed without evidence that the U.S. election in which he was defeated was fraudulent. In a speech in Washington on January 6, Trump claimed the election had been stolen and encouraged thousands of supporters to march on the Capitol. A week after the riot, the House of Representatives impeached Trump for incitement of insurrection, making him the only U.S. president to have been impeached twice.

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