A House panel investigating the assault on the US Capitol mounted by pro-Trump rioters nearly one year ago has received “firsthand testimony” that Ivanka Trump urged her father to end the attack.
Congresswoman Liz Cheney told ABC News that the former president’s eldest daughter “went in at least twice to ask him to ‘please stop this violence’” during the attack on 6 January.
In recent weeks, the committee has accelerated its probe into the attack, fuelled by conspiracy theories that the 2020 presidential election was rigged against Mr Trump, and a violent attempt to reject the votes of millions of Americans.
On Thursday, President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris will deliver remarks to mark one year since the attack, according to the White House. At the Capitol, lawmakers will hold a memorial service.
Meanwhile, the former president – who has waged a legal challenge to block the committee’s access to records – will deliver remarks from Mar-a-Lago reviving his baseless narrative that the election was stolen from him.
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Republican lawmakers who objected to election results raked in $8m in corporate campaign donations
Campaigns for Republican lawmakers who objected to the results of the 2020 presidential election collected more than $8m in donations from corporations and trade groups, according to a report by Accountable.US.
The report found that while many corporate PACs paused donations to federal campaign after the attack, some of the largest – including the American Bankers Association, Boeing, Raytheon Technologies, Lockheed Martin and General Motors — continued to support campaigns.
“Major corporations were quick to condemn the insurrection and tout their support for democracy – and almost as quickly, many ditched those purported values by cutting big checks to the very politicians that helped instigate the failed coup attempt,” Accountable.US President Kyle Herrig said in a statement.
“The increasing volume of corporate donations to lawmakers who tried to overthrow the will of the people makes clear that these companies were never committed to standing up for democracy in the first place,” he added.
Alex Woodward3 January 2022 16:00
Adam Kinzinger: ‘Jan 6 seems like yesterday to me, I bet it feels like an eternity’ to Kevin McCarthy
Congressman Adam Kinzinger – one of two Republicans serving on the House select committee investigating the Capitol riot, and who will not seek reelection this year – fired off at GOP House Leader Kevin McCarthy for inaction against far-right US Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene and obedience to the former president:
Alex Woodward3 January 2022 15:33
A complicated portrait of Ashli Babbitt
Donald Trump and his allies have sought to characterise Ashli Babbitt – who was fatally shot by a US Capitol Police officer after she climbed into the House chambers on 6 January – as a political martyr.
The former president has euologised her at his rallies and even recorded a posthumous birthday message. The phrase “who killed Ashli Babbitt” emerged as a far-right meme and rallying cry, and US Rep Paul Gosar claimed the officer who killed her was “lying in wait” to “execute” her.
The life of the Air Force veteran and proponent of election lies “is far more complicated than the heroic portrait presented by Trump and his allies,” according to an in-depth report from the Associated Press.
Alex Woodward3 January 2022 15:27
GOP leader accuses Democrats of using Capitol riot as ‘political weapon’
In a letter to House Republicans, GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy reminded his colleagues – many of whom have downplayed the attack on 6 January or defended and euologised rioters – that “the actions of that day were lawless and as wrong as wrong can be.”
“Our Capitol should never be compromised and those who broke the law deserve to face legal repercussions and full accountability,” he said.
He also claimed that House Democrats are “no closer to answering the central question of how the Capitol was left so unprepared and what must be done to ensure it never happens again” but are instead using the attack “as a partisan political weapon to further divide our country.”
Republicans overwhelmingly rejected bipartisan attempts to form a committee to investigate the riot, and Mr McCarthy pulled all Republicans out of the current select committee.
Mr McCarthy said that House Administration Ranking Member Rodney Davis will send a memo to House Republicans “outlining meaningful and measurable steps that should be taken to protect our Capitol from all threats – steps that the current majority party is negligent in acting upon.”
Alex Woodward3 January 2022 15:19
More than 725 people arrested for participation in Capitol riot
In its year-end review of the staggering number of cases wrapped up in the Capitol riots, the US Department of Justice reports more than 750 arrests have been made, and at least 350 people are still wanted in connection with the attack.
More than 225 people are charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, including more than 75 people charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer.
Roughly 145 people pleaded guilty to misdemeanors, and 20 others pleaded guilty to felonies.
Among those charged with felonies, six pleaded to charges related to assaults on law enforcement, and four face statutory maximums of 20 years or more in prison as well as potential financial penalties. Two face statutory maximums of eight years in prison as well as potential financial penalties.
Alex Woodward3 January 2022 14:43
Joe Biden and Kamala Harris to deliver remarks on Jan 6 anniversary
Biden and VP Harris will deliver remarks on Thursday “to mark one year since the January 6th deadly assault on the Capitol,” according to the White House.
At the Capitol, lawmakers will hold a prayer and moment of silence, followed by a “Historic Perspective” conversation between historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham “to establish and preserve the narrative” of the assault, according to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office.
Lawmakers will then share their experiences that day, followed by a vigil on the Capitol steps.
Meanwhile, Donald Trump – whose supporters mounted the attack in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 presidential election – will give a speech from Mar-a-Lago to revive his baseless narrative that the election was stolen from him.
Alex Woodward3 January 2022 14:32
Ivanka twice told Trump to ‘stop the violence’ at Capitol riot but was ignored, witness confirms to Jan 6 committee
Ivanka Trump told her father to “stop the violence” at least twice on 6 January, according to US Rep Liz Cheney.
“We have firsthand testimony that his daughter Ivanka went in at least twice to ask him to ‘please stop this violence,’” she told ABC News on Sunday.
“He could have told them to stand down,” she said. “He could have told them to go home – and he failed to do so. It’s hard to imagine a more significant and more serious dereliction of duty than that.”
Alex Woodward3 January 2022 14:28
Capitol riot committee will submit evidence of crimes for prosecution, chairman says
The chair of the committee investigating the 6 January attack said lawmakers on the panel are duty-bound to submit any evidence of potential criminal activity uncovered by their investigation to the Justice Department, even if Republicans threaten retaliation.
The Independent’s Washington DC correspondent John Bowden has more:
Alex Woodward3 January 2022 14:23