Biden decries Trump’s “webof lies”, while Congress commemorates one year since the January 6, 2017 attack

Harris was evacuated from the DNC on January 6, 2021, when pipe bomb was discovered outside

Vice President Kamala Harris, who was the vice president-elect on January 6, 2021, was evacuated from the Democratic National Committee headquarters that day when a pipe bomb was discovered, a White House official confirmed to CBS News.

According to a U.S. Capitol Police timeline obtained by CBS News, the U.S. Secret Service and Capitol Police evacuated a “protectee” at DNC headquarters at 1: 14 p.m., just minutes after the pipe bomb was discovered at 1: 07 p.m.

Harris said Thursday that she was at the Capitol one year ago for a meeting of the Senate Intelligence Committee, but left before the perimeter was breached.

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Impact of Capitol riot on future of democracy


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Norah O’Donnell chats with John Dickerson about what January 6 means for American democracy and what comes next one year after a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol.

Floor fights. Exasperated outbursts. Screaming matches. After the January 6th attack

, Congress has a “toxic” culture.


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Floor fights, outraged outbursts and shouting matches on the steps of the U.S. Capitol have become a new normal in Congress.

As lawmakers face an increase in violent threats from voters, they’re also turning the vitriol on one another.

“Congress is a very toxic place to work,” Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger told CBS News.

Kinzinger was one of 10 Republicans who voted to impeach then-President Trump and is one of two Republicans on the House committee investigating the January 6 attack on the Capitol. He’s leaving Congress at the end of his term in part out of frustration with his own party.

“January 6 brought out into the light, the division, the lies,” he said.

Kinzinger’s Illinois district neighbors that of Democrat Cheri Bustos, who is also stepping down as she finds it harder to work across the aisle.

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Nation marks anniversary of deadly attack on U.S. Capitol


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A twilight vigil was held Thursday night on Capitol steps — the same steps that were overrun on January 6, 2021 with rioters beating, tasing and trampling officers in their zeal to get inside.

On Thursday at the Capitol, President Biden blamed one person: his predecessor.

“The former president of the United States of America has created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election. Because he believes power is more important than principle, he has done this. Mr. Biden said.

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House January 6 committee wants final report by summer


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By Congressional standards, the committee investigating the capitol attack is moving at the speed of a bullet train. They made their latest stop. Former vice president.

Panel member Jamie Raskin said they are getting “lots of cooperation” from former Vice President Pence, who Raskin called a “critical actor” although he hasn’t been asked to testify yet.

Committee members tell CBS news they hope to wrap work by summer. And get answers about Donald Trump

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Prayer vigil held outside Capitol

Lawmakers and others on Capitol Hill held a candlelight vigil after dark for the members of law enforcement who died following the Capitol attack.

Master Sergeant Sara Sheffield began signing “My Country, ‘Tis of Thee” and “God Bless America,” and some lawmakers joined in.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi made brief remarks, and held a moment of silence. The invocation was given by Bishop Michael Curry.

Swalwell says “I remember being in disbelief that this could happen in this country” on January 6


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Congressman Eric Swalwell, who is on the House January 6 committee, gaveled in the House of Representatives on January 6, 2021, before a mob of angry Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Swalwell is a member of the House Judiciary Committee and joins CBSN Bay Area for a discussion about January 6, his thoughts, and future plans for Trump supporters.

Sheila Jackson Lee recalls what it was like at the Capitol that day

In an interview with BET.com, Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas recalled the moment she realized she and her colleagues were at risk.

She said she already sensed an uneasiness when Trump supporters arrived at the Capitol following a rally by the former president.

But then she watched Republican lawmakers scuttling from the House chamber.

“I even asked myself out loud, where are they going?” Jackson Lee spoke to BET. Jackson Lee told BET, “At that moment my mouth was moving… I heard or saw the shouting coming from the Cloakroom. The sergeant at-arms said to shut the chamber doors. At that moment, people began to flee the chamber and gather their possessions. “

When she finally reached the other side of the gallery, she heard a shot — the shot that she would later learn killed rioter Ashli Babbitt. She said that the chamber was in complete chaos after this.

“I could hear my breath, sort of outside of my speaking, it seemed like I was out of breath,” Jackson Lee told BET. We received the signal to escape down stairs and into tunnels at some point. We could then see the Capitol Police’s guns and eyes as we fled the scene. “

Greene and Gaetz hold press conference

Vocal Trump supporters and members of Congress Matt Gaetz, Marjorie Greene and others held a press conference on Thursday to question the handling by federal authorities of people charged with January 6th crimes. Gaetz stated that no one was charged with insurrection nor treason.

Greene, who has insisted those charged with crimes have been treated unfairly, said those people are “wasting away in jail. “

Asked about the scores of police officers who were injured on the job in the mob, Greene said, “It was appalling. It is a shame that the National Guard wasn’t outside of the Capitol. “

Psaki on if Biden supports charges for Trump on January 6: “He’s going to leave that to his Justice Department”

White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki stated Thursday that President Biden would leave the decision to Congress and to the Justice Department to determine whether or not President Trump is facing charges in relation to the attack on the U.S. January 6. Capitol.

“He’s going to leave that to his Justice Department,” Psaki said, adding that Mr. Biden won’t “prejudge” the outcome of the House January 6 committee.

In Mr. Biden’s speech at the Capitol earlier Thursday, he strongly rebuked Trump, accusing him of “holding a dagger at the throat of America” and inciting the violent mob that overran the Capitol one year ago.

Psaki said Mr. Biden has never backed down from the need to protect democracy in the U.S.

President Biden delivers strong rebuke of Donald Trump during January 6 speech


Biden rebukes Trump in January 6 speech

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President Biden addressed the nation on January 6, marking one year since the assault on the U.S. Capitol. CBS News’ congressional correspondent Scott MacFarlane joined CBSN to share some highlights of his speech. Weijia Jiang, a CBS News senior White House correspondent, also joined CBSN.

Americans on both sides of the political aisle share mistrust in the electoral process


Tony Dokoupil looks into election mistrust

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“CBS Mornings” co-host Tony Dokoupil interviews one Republican and one Democrat about the reasons they lack trust in government institutions and what this crisis of faith means for the future of democracy.

Conspiracy theories persist one year after January 6 Capitol attack


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Despite millions of Americans watching the events of January 6 unfold on their TV screens, there have been several conspiracy theories and attempts to rewrite the story of that day a year later. Stephen Hayes is the co-founder and CEO of The Dispatch. He joined “CBSN AM” to talk about it.

House, Senate hold moments of silence

The Senate observed a moment silence at noon, while the House observed one shortly after noon.

Prior to the moment of silence, Democratic Senator Dick Durban criticized Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell for refusing to create a bipartisan commission to investigate the attack, and praised House Speaker Nancy Pelosi for creating the committee and Republican Representatives Liz Cheney and Adam Kinizinger for participating.

“They are serving this nation as they should,” he said.

Prior to the House floor moment of silence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi paid tribute to the Capitol officers who died after the attack. Since January 6, Pelosi stated that there had been “continued attacks on our democracy, undermining integrity of elections, which are at the foundation of our democracy.”

“That is to be true to the vision of our Founders who brilliantly established our democracy and made it a model for the world honoring the sacrifice of our men and women in uniform to protect that freedom with their lawn,” Pelosi said.

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Schumer: January 6 was the “final, bitter unforgivable act of the worst president in modern times”

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer lambasted Trump in a speech made on the Senate Floor to mark the January 6 events. Schumer said that Trump continues to spread “his poisonous vile” about the “big lie.” ‘”

“The violent insurrection of January 6 was a day that will live forever in infamy, a permanent stain in the story of the American democracy and the final, bitter, unforgivable act of the worst president in modern times,” Schumer said.

Recalling his own experience being evacuated from the Senate chamber after the mob of Trump’s supporters breached the Capitol building, the New York Democrat said he was within “30 feet of these nasty, racist, bigoted insurrectionists” and said he was told one rioter said “‘there’s the big Jew, let’s get him. ‘”

Schumer, like other Democrats, called for Congress to pass voting rights legislation, but criticized a proposal to enact reforms to the Electoral Count Act over more sweeping changes as “insufficient” and “even offensive. “

“If lying about results of election is acceptable, if instigating a mob against the government is considered permissible, if encouraging political violence become the norm, it will be open season on this grand democracy, this noble experiment and everything will be up for grabs by whoever has the biggest clubs, the sharpest spears, the most effective lie,” he said “I do not believe that that is the ultimate destiny of our country. “

Biden explains why he didn’t mention Trump by name

The president answered questions from reporters asking him why Trump wasn’t mentioned by name.

“Look, I think we just have to face the facts of what happened, draw a clear picture for the American people. “It’s not all about me. It’s also not about the vice-president,” said Mr. Biden. It’s all about the system and about someone who puts himself first. It was so, but I didn’t want it to become a current political fight between the president and me. This is a far greater problem than that. It goes beyond all that. “

Biden says the way to heal is to “recognize the extent of the wound”

As he was leaving the Capitol, Mr. Biden briefly stopped to answer questions from journalists.

“The way you have to heal you have to recognize the extent of the wound. It’s impossible to pretend. “This is serious stuff,” he said. It’s time to confront it. It’s the way great nations act.

Mr. Biden’s words come as many Republicans still disbelieve he rightfully won the election, and as many in the GOP say they view what happened on January 1, 2021, as patriotism or defending the election, according to CBS News polling.

Biden: “I believe the power of the presidency is to unite this nation, to lift us up, not tear us apart”

Although the president stated that he did not ask for this war, he said that he would defend his country.

“We will make sure the will of the people is heard,” Mr. Biden said. That the struggle prevails over violence. The authority to this country will be always peacefully transferred. The power of the presidency’s is intended to unify the nation and lift it up.

The presidency is meant to build up the nation, not tear it apart, he said. He said that America was not the land of autocrats and dictators but one where people are in control.

“Today, tomorrow and forever at our best, we are the United States of America,” he said in concluding his address.

Biden remembers police officers who were injured or died

Vice President Joe Biden took the time to recall the officers that were killed in the aftermath of the attack. Since then, more law enforcement officers present on that fateful day have lost their lives.

He also took a moment to recognize cafeteria workers, congressional staff members and reporters who faced harrowing hours on January 6, too.

Obama accuses GOP leaders of “actively undermining democracy” in the U.S.

Former President Barack Obama placed blame on Republican leaders for making more difficult the role that Americans play on the world stage in defending democracy and freedom, as some in the GOP have continued to call into question the results of the 2020 election.

“Historically, Americans have been defenders of democracy and freedom around the world — especially when it’s under attack,” Obama said in a statement marking the one-year anniversary of the Capitol attack. We can’t play that role when leaders in our major political parties actively undermine democracy here at home. When our leaders lie and question the outcome of fair and free elections, we can’t be a role model. “

Claims that the 2020 presidential election was stolen, which fueled the violence that took place at the Capitol one year ago, are still embraced not only by voters, but also elected officials, “many of whom know better,” Obama said.

The former president said the breach of the Capitol building last year shows the fragility of democracy.

“[W]hile the broken windows have been repaired and many of the rioters have been brought to justice, the truth is that our democracy is at greater risk today than it was back then,” he said.

Biden goes after Trump without mentioning him by name

Continuing his address, Mr. Biden — without criticizing Trump by name — chastised the former president for failing to accept the results of the election and protect democracy.

Mr. Biden said the former president did “nothing” for hours as police were assaulted and lives were at risk, in the nation’s Capitol under siege.

“This wasn’t a group of tourists. It was an insurrection armed. They were not looking to defend the will of people. “They were trying to defy the will and desires of the people,” said Mr. Biden.

Great nations don’t bury the truth, they “face up to it,” Mr. Biden said, as some in the Republican Party have downplayed what happened that day.

Mr. Biden stated that the ex-president can’t accept that he lost and did something no other president had done: he refused to acknowledge the election results.

“His bruised ego matters more to him than our democracy,” Mr. Biden said about Trump.

Mr. Biden said Trump “built his lie over months” by insisting the election would be, and was, rigged.

“He’s not just a former president. Biden stated that he was a “defeated former president” and added the emphasis on the word “defeated.”

The plot of those who “incited the mob” was foiled, Mr. Biden said.

Biden says “we the people prevailed” on January 6

The president entered the Capitol before his speech and said that he was “praying” that there will never be another day similar to the one a year ago. “

He echoed that sentiment in his speech, beginning by recounting the events of the day.

“The will of the people was under assault. He said that the Constitution, which is our Constitution was under attack, had faced the “gravest of threats”.

The ex-president “tried to prevent the peaceful transfer of power” and a “violent mob reached the Capitol,” Mr. Biden said.

“But they failed,” Mr. Biden said.

Members of law enforcement “saved the rule of law,” the president said.

“Our democracy held. The people prevailed. He said that we, the people, had prevailed.

Harris says January 6 “reflects the fragility of democracy”

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Vice President Kamala Harris speaks from Statuary Hall at the U.S. Capitol to mark the one year anniversary of the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol by supporters loyal to then-President Donald Trump, Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022, in Washington.

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Vice President Kamala Harris said that the violent assault on the Capitol one year ago demonstrates how fragile American democracy is and warned the nation cannot let its future rest on “those bent on silencing our voices, overturning our votes and peddling lies and misinformation. “

Then serving as a member of the Senate and vice president-elect, Harris recalled in remarks from Statuary Hall inside the Capitol how her Senate staff was forced to use filing cabinets and other furniture to barricade themselves in an office when the mob of Trump supporters breached the building.

“What the extremists who roamed these halls targeted was not only the lives of elected leaders,” Harris said. Harris stated that they were not attempting to destroy a structure, as beautiful and revered as it was. They were attacking the institutions and values that American generations have marched and fought for. “

Harris said the events of January 6 demonstrates the “dual nature of democracy — its fragility and its strength.”

“The strength of democracy is the rule of law. Democracies are built on the principles that everyone should be treated equal, fair elections, and that no one should have any corruption. “The strength of democracy lies in its ability to empower the people,” said the vice-president. The fragility of democracy comes down to this: If we don’t keep an eye on it and defend it, democracy will crumble. It will fail and falter. It will fail and falter. “

Harris warned that Americans cannot let the future of the nation hinge on a faction that has pushed to reverse the results of the presidential election.

“We cannot let our future be decided by those bent on silencing our voices, overturning our votes and peddling lies and misinformation, by some radical faction that may be newly resurgent, but whose roots run old and deep,” she said.

Harris raised the question of how January 6 will be remembered in future years, whether it will mark the beginning of the “unraveling of the oldest, greatest democracy in the world,” or lead to the strengthening of democracy.

“The American spirit is being tested. We will be able to answer that question if we meet the test where it has always been: in this country with you, our citizens. She said that the task ahead would not be simple.

Harris then encouraged Congress to pass voting rights legislation before the Senate, though it’s unlikely the bills in their current form will garner enough support from Republicans in the evenly split upper chamber to overcome a filibuster.

“We cannot sit on the sidelines. She spoke out about Americans, saying that we must all unite to defend our democracy.

McConnell calls January 6 a “dark day for Congress and our country”

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell commemorated one year since the Capitol attack with a statement blaming the mob that attacked the building and criticizing Democrats who tried to amend Senate rules in order to pass voting rights legislation.

“January 6th, 2021 was a dark day for Congress and our country. “The United States Capitol was the home of the federal first branch. Criminals stormed it and brutalized officers to prevent Congress from carrying out its duties,” said the Kentucky Republican. This scene is antithetical the rule of law. “

McConnell reiterated remarks from the Senate floor Wednesday about Democrats’ efforts to pass voting rights legislation and accused them of trying to “exploit this anniversary to advance partisan policy goals that long predated this event. “

“A year ago today, the Senate did not bend or break. He said, “We stood together, held firm, and gaveled in to do our jobs.” Senators should not try to use this anniversary in order to harm the Senate from within. “

McConnell is not in Washington for the events marking the one-year anniversary of the riot and is instead in Georgia leading a delegation to the late GOP Senator Johnny Isakson’s funeral.

“I hope your family dies”: Lawmakers worry for their safety as violent threats surge


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Congresswoman Debbie Dingell receives several threatening calls every week.

A sample voicemail: “I hope your family dies in front of you. “

A sample voicemail: I ask God to protect your children from any harm. “

The threats ramped up after Trump verbally attacked her and her late husband John at a campaign rally in December 2019, the Michigan Democrat said.

“He made very public comments about John looking up from hell. Dingell stated, “I was stunned by it.”

It’s not only verbal abuse.

“I had men in front of my house with assault weapons after [Fox News host] Tucker Carlson had done a rant on me,” she said.

In November, her Dearborn office was vandalized.

The threats have had an impact on her and she worries that speaking out about it could make her more of a target. The violent threats were not normalized by other lawmakers, so they declined to talk to CBS News.

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Jimmy Carter pens dire warning at insurrection anniversary: “Our great nation teeters on the brink of a widening abyss”

Thursday marks one year since a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Former President Jimmy Carter said Wednesday that democracy had become “dangerously fragile” on the day of the attack.

“One year ago, a violent mob, guided by unscrupulous politicians, stormed the Capitol and almost succeeded in preventing the democratic transfer of power,” Carter wrote in an op-ed for The New York Times. There was a short hope that this insurrection might shock America into confronting the dangerous polarization of our democracy. One year later, the promoters who claimed that the election had been stolen took over one party and have stoked distrust within our electoral systems.

Last year’s insurrection occurred after Trump held a rally near the White House, during which he continued to say “we will never concede,” referring to the outcome of the presidential election. The former president claimed that the election was stolen, despite President Biden’s certification win and the absence of evidence of widespread fraud Trump and his associates claim to have committed. He told the January 2021 rally-goers to “fight like hell. “

“All of us here today do not want to see our election victory stolen,” Trump told the crowd. Trump said, “We won’t give up. “We will not give up. This doesn’t happen. When there is theft, you don’t have to concede. We have had enough. This is why we are here.

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Congressman Jason Crow calls for year of action on riot anniversary

Congressman Jason Crow is launching a new democracy initiative to mark the one year anniversary of the January 6 attack. To engage citizens and civic groups, the Colorado Democrat created a toolkit called “Democracy in Action”.

“Reflecting on the one-year anniversary of the violent insurrection at the Capitol is not just an exercise in history,” Crow said in a statement to CBS News.

The toolkit will include a concrete list of actions to encourage Americans to get more involved in the elections process and to advocate for issues they care about as a way to reaffirm their commitment to democracy. Crow said that the toolkit will help combat “disturbing factors” which he feels have been active since the attack.

“We are facing a surging domestic violent extremist movement in this country, disinformation and misinformation campaigns promoted by foreign adversaries and domestic groups, and we are experiencing an unprecedented assault on our voting system elevating party loyalists over the rule of law,” Crow noted.

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Biden: The way forward is to recognize the truth and to live by it

In a short excerpt that was released by the White House President Biden will question the nation about the kind of country it wants to be. He will reflect on the day one year ago.

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. “

CBS News coverage marking the anniversary

CBSN, CBS News’ 24/7 streaming network, will stream the president and vice president’s remarks as well as the House events live. CBSN will air interviews with legislators, including Adam Schiff (a Democrat) and discussion with CBS News journalists, including Chief White House Correspondent Nancy Cordes and chief justice and national affairs reporter Jeff Pegues. CBSN will offer first-person accounts of the events that took place on January 6, and throughout the year.

CBSN’s flagship politics show, “Red & Blue,” will broadcast a special edition at 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. ET, hosted by Elaine Quijano, New York, and Major Garrett, CBS News chief Washington correspondent, Washington, D.C. These will include conversations with John Dickerson (CBS News senior political analyst, senior national correspondent), Anthony Salvanto (Elections and Surveys director) and Catherine Herridge (Senior Investigative Correspondent).

CBS Mornings” co-host Tony Dokoupil will anchor the broadcast from the U.S. Capitol. Dokoupil will meet with Americans from different political sides to discuss mistrust of institutions and the implications for future elections. This show features Jeff Pegues and Kris Van Cleave as well as Nancy Cordes, John Dickerson, and Nancy Cordes.

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