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Circling back to January 6

It was the six-month anniversary of the Capitol Hill insurrection this week. President Joe Biden delivered a speech saying “it posed an existential crisis and a test of whether our democracy could survive—a sad reminder that there is nothing guaranteed about our democracy”. What has happened since?

Remind me, what happened? 

On January 6, Capitol Hill (where the House of Representatives and Senate is) was breached by far-right groups and Donald Trump supporters in an attempt to overturn the results of the 2020 Presidential election. 

Trump is still banned from social media 

Part of the aftermath of the attack was President Donald Trump getting banned from multiple social media sites, including Twitter, Facebook, and YouTube over public safety concerns. Trump’s Twitter ban is permanent, while his Facebook ban will last until at least January 2023. Yesterday Trump announced he was suing Facebook, Twitter and Google, and their respective CEOs for violating his right to freedom of speech after the attack. 

Trump and his team also launched two social media platforms in the wake of his bans. The first was a blog-style platform in May, which was removed less than a month later. The second was an app last week called GETTR, that was quietly released and led by Trump’s former spokesman Jason Miller.

Congress

Since the attack, Democrats have wanted an investigation into the events that unfolded. The National Commission to Investigate the January 6 Attack on the United States Capitol Complex was a commission to investigate the incident that was proposed in February this year, however it was ultimately blocked.

Despite this, last month, House of Representatives Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that the House would create a committee to investigate the insurrection.   

Arrests

More than 535 people have been arrested so far in relation to the attack, with another 300 suspects unidentified who are believed to have committed violent acts. The Government said the Capitol Hill insurrection “is likely the most complex investigation ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice”. 

You can read about all the arrests so far. According to FBI Director Christopher Wray, “this is far from over.”

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