Jan 6 timeline: The key moments of the attack on Capitol


Pipe bombs at DNC and RNC

7: 39 p.m., January 5, 2021: The night before crowds gathered at the Capitol, a dog walker unknowingly passes a suspected pipe bomber in a Capitol Hill neighborhood. Minutes later, the bombs were placed at Republican National Committee Headquarters and Democratic National Committee headquarters. The bombs won’t be found until the next day.


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— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) September 8, 2021

The suspect is still at large one year later.

“Large crowd” breaks through barrier

7: 40 a.m., January 6, 2021: A U.S. Park Police email warns of a “large crowd” that has broken through a barrier made of bicycle racks at the base of the Washington Monument, which was closed for security reasons.


“Escalated planning”

8: 27 a.m.: As part of “escalated” planning, D.C. Metropolitan Police officers are working or preparing for 12-hour shifts, according to the testimony of Acting D.C. Police Chief Robert Contee III. At the height of the violence later in the day, 850 D.C. officers — nearly one-fifth of the force — were at the U.S. Capitol.

10,000 people at the Ellipse

8: 51 a.m.: U.S. Secret Service sends an alert that there are over 10,000 people in line at the White House Ellipse, where President Trump was scheduled to speak at a rally at 11 a.m.

People gather on the Ellipse outside the White House for a rally by President Donald Trump on January 6, 2021.


“Some members of the crowd are wearing ballistic helmets, body armor and carrying radio equipment and military grade backpacks,” the alert said.

Crowds jamming downtown D.C.

10: 41 a.m.: D.C. Fire and Emergency Medical Services request a unit to help “navigate crowds” that are jamming downtown Washington, D.C., as Trump prepared to speak that morning. Later in 2021, the agency would produce a video about its response to the Capitol attacks.

Trump supporters make their way to gather on the lawn by the Washington Monument as they rally t in Washington, D.C. on January 6, 2021.


Trump tells supporters to go to the Capitol

Trump: “We will never concede”

27: 38

12 p.m.: President Trump addresses supporters, urging them to go to the Capitol to demonstrate “peacefully.” He exhorted his supporters to take action and go to the Capitol to demonstrate “peacefully.”

” A wall of people appeared “

12: 45 p.m.: It begins. According to the Senate review, it appeared that a “wall of people” suddenly arrived on the block just west of Capitol.

At around the same time, a pipe bomb is discovered nearby.

Trump supporters storm Capitol building in Washington
WASHINGTON D.C., USA – JANUARY 6: US President Donald Trumps supporters gather outside the Capitol building in Washington D.C., United States on January 06, 2021.

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Pence gavels in the Senate

1: 03 p.m.: Vice President Pence gavels in the U.S. Senate.

Vice President Mike Pence presides over the Senate session to ratify the 2020 presidential election
Vice President Mike Pence presides over the Senate session to ratify the 2020 presidential election at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.

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At the White House Ellipse, Trump’s “stop the steal” speech has seven minutes remaining. In the speech, he tells supporters, “I hope Mike is going to do the right thing. It is my hope. It is my hope. We will win the election if Mike Pence does what is right. “

“All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states to recertify, and we become president, and you are the happiest people,” Trump told the crowd.

Riot declared

1: 49 p.m.: U.S. Capitol Police chief calls D.C. National Guard Commanding General to request immediate assistance. D.C. police declare a riot on the Capitol.

The National Guard did not arrive until four hours later.

Lawmakers are evacuated

Around 2: 00 p.m.: Vice President Pence is rushed from the Senate Chamber by his security detail. As rioters attack the Capitol building, members of Congress are evacuated and taken to safe locations.

Lawmaker evacuates the House Chamber during January 6 Capitol riot
A member of the U.S. Capitol Police rushes Rep. Dan Meuser (R-PA) out of the House Chamber as protesters try to enter during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.

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Rioters smash through first-floor windows on the Capitol’s south front

2: 11 p.m.: Rioters smashed through first-floor windows on the Capitol’s south front, making a hole big enough to climb through. The FBI later arrested a member of the U.S. Marine Reserve, who wore a U.S. flag hood while he allegedly climbed through the window.

FBI has arrested Jia Liu of New York in US Capitol breach case. Feds allege he climbed thru broken window on Jan 6 while wearing US flag hood

Court docs say Liu is assigned to the 6th Communication Battalion, US Marine Forces Reserve. pic.twitter.com/jgbPdgFQeb

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) October 29, 2021

U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman confronts mob

2: 14 p.m.: Quick-thinking U.S. Capitol Police Officer Eugene Goodman, confronted with a mob in the Senate, was able to redirect rioters away from the Senate chamber, a moment captured by HuffPost reporter Igor Bobic.

Here’s the scary moment when protesters initially got into the building from the first floor and made their way outside Senate chamber. pic.twitter.com/CfVIBsgywK

— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021

Goodman was hailed as a hero and Congress passed legislation to award him the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest recognition of appreciation lawmakers can confer on a civilian.

“QAnon Shaman” takes Pence’s seat in Senate

2: 14 p.m.: Shirtless Jacob Chansley stood out among the rioters, with his Viking hat and face painted red, white and blue. A flag and bullhorn were also on his person. Chansley was nicknamed the “QAnon Shaman” and walked through a cracked door into the Capitol. According to the prosecution, Chansley then entered the Capitol through a broken door. “

Jacob Chansley, known as the “QAnon Shaman,” inside the Senate chamber after the U.S. Capitol was breached by a mob during a joint session of Congress on January 6, 2021.

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“Chansley proceeded to take pictures of himself on the dais and refused to vacate the seat when asked to do so by law enforcement. He instead stated that Mike Pence was a f ing traitor and left a note at the dais stating “It’s only a matter of time.” Justice is coming! Prosecutors stated.

He was removed from the Senate Chamber at about 3: 09 p.m.

The day after the riot, on January 7, Chansley voluntarily called the FBI and admitted to his role in the attack, surrendering two days later. He was originally charged in a six-count indictment that included civil disorder, violent entry, and disorderly conduct before agreeing to plead guilty to the single charge of obstruction. He expressed remorse for his role in the rioting and was sentenced to 41 months in prison.

D.C. officials ask Pentagon for immediate assistance

2: 31 p.m.: D.C. officials ask the Pentagon for immediate assistance. Later, Defense Department officials stated that they didn’t like the “optics” of the National Guard standing in line at the Capitol. “

Trump tweets, “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement”

Just after 2: 30 p.m.: President Trump tweets, “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. These men are on our side. Be peaceful “

His son, Donald Trump Jr., texts White House chief of staff Mark Meadows. He must immediately condemn this act of st. Trump Jr. wrote that the tweet by Capitol Police was not sufficient. wrote.

Meadows responded, “I’m pushing it hard. Yes. “

Oath Keepers push through crowds

2: 35 p.m.: A tactical “stack” of Oath Keepers, an anti-government group made up of military and law enforcement veterans, dressed in combat gear, pushed through crowds, keeping their hands on each other’s backs to communicate as they marched up the steps of the Capitol. Prosecutors claimed they used apps such as Zello and MeWe to coordinate with Oath Keepers prior and during the attack.

Nine Oath Keepers were indicted for conspiracy Friday, including seven members of the tactical “stack” seen entering Capitol in combat gear.

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At about 2: 40 p.m., “they forcibly entered the Capitol through the Rotunda door,” pelting objects at the police officers who were standing guard and spraying them with chemicals, according to the criminal complaint filed by prosecutors against the Oath Keepers and other groups in mid-December.

Klete Keller enters the Capitol

2: 39 p.m.: Former Olympic swimmer Klete Keller enters the Capitol, he admitted later in a signed statement. Two-time Olympic gold medalist, Keller wore an American Olympic team jacket to Capitol. He was also noted for being 6’6 inches tall and one of the most prominent participants in the videos.

Former Olympic swimmer Klete Keller in U.S. Capitol on January 6.

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Keller faced charges related to his entry into the Capitol and disorderly conduct. On September 2, he pleaded guilty to the charges and awaits sentencing.

“One of the most violent confrontations”

2: 42 p.m.: Rioters break windows from the doors in Lower West Terrace, beginning an over two-hour fight against police that the Justice Department would later call “one of the most violent confrontations” of January 6.

A minute later, at 2: 43 p.m., rioters break the glass of a door to the House Speaker’s Lobby. One of the accused, Zach Alam, has pleaded not guilty.

He was seen in a video using a helmet to break through glass in the doorway to the Speaker’s Lobby — the same doorway where Ashli Babbitt was later fatally shot by police. After a video went viral that showed Alam smashing the glass, his relatives watched it “approximately 20 times” and confirmed that it was him, prosecutors later said.

Appearing in court in July, Alam yelled at his attorneys and told the judge he wanted to defend himself. This was not recommended by the judge.


“I will represent myself!” Jan 6 defendant Zach Alam is yelling at attorneys and clerks who are awaiting judge in his Jan 6 case

Alam of Texas is accused of breaking the window at the Speaker’s Lobby

Alam is trying to dump his lawyer and take over his own defense pic.twitter.com/8fKVRLyf7F

— Scott MacFarlane (@MacFarlaneNews) July 21, 2021

Ashli Babbitt attempts to climb through a smashed window

2: 44 p.m.: As U.S. Capitol Police were removing lawmakers from the House Chamber, California woman Ashli Babbitt attempts to climb through a smashed window in the door to the House Speaker Lobby during the riot. From inside the chamber, a Capitol Police officer shot Babbitt. Babbitt succumbs to her injuries.

Officer cleared in January 6 riot death

00: 38

The Justice Department later described the incident in its announcement that the officer who fired at her would be cleared, and the investigation into her death was closed:

At the time, the USCP was evacuating Members from the Chamber, which the mob was trying to enter from multiple doorways. To stop mob members from entering Speaker’s Lobby or the Chamber, USCP officers placed furniture between three officers and barricaded a series of glass doors.

Members of the mob attempted to break through the doors by striking them and breaking the glass with their hands, flagpoles, helmets, and other objects. The three USCP officers standing outside of the doors were eventually forced to leave. Ms. Babbitt tried to climb through one the broken glass doors as members of the mob attacked the glass doors. One round of his service pistol was fired by an officer in Speaker’s Lobby. It struck Ms. Babbitt on the shoulder. She fell backwards onto the ground. The USCP Emergency Response Team, which was trying to subdue the mob in the corridor, attempted to help Ms. Babbitt. She was taken to Washington Hospital Center where she died from her injuries.

Capitol police are extracting and securing staff

2: 58 p.m.: U.S. Capitol Police are extracting and securing congressional staff, some of whom are hiding beneath tables in their offices, and some of whom have barricaded doors amid the horror.

One D.C.-area Democratic staffer was in the health clinic to get her COVID vaccine.

Congressional staffers barricade themselves after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.


Congressional staffers barricade themselves inside an office during the attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6, 2021.


Trump releases video on social media

4: 17 p.m.: Trump releases video on social media urging rioters to go home, even though, he claimed, the election had been “stolen.”

“I know your pain. He said, “I know your pain.” We had an election stolen from us. The result was clear and all sides knew it. You have to get home. “

National Guard arrives

5: 40 p.m.: Nearly four hours after the U.S. Capitol Police chief requested National Guard troops, they arrive to help secure the Capitol.

National Guard troops clear a street from protesters outside the Capitol building on January 6, 2021.


Trump tells rioters “Go home with love & in peace”

6: 01 p.m.: Trump sends a tweet telling supporters still on at the Capitol, “Go home with love & in peace.” The tweet said that these are events and things that occur when a sacred victory is unceremoniously stripped from patriotic patriots who were wrongly treated for so many years.

This statement, branded a violation of Twitter’s rules against spreading misinformation, was deleted by the social media giant. Twitter later suspended Trump for life.

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