New Senate Report Reveals Details of January 6 Attack

A new Senate report released Tuesday revealed some shocking new details about exactly what happened on January 6, 2021, when a mob of Trump supporters attacked the Capitol building to protest the former President’s re-election loss. 

The 128-page report, titled, “Examining the U.S. Capitol Attack: A Review of the Security, Planning, and Response Failures on January 6,” was written and approved by two Senate committees, the Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Rules and Admission. The purpose of the report is to identify the issues in the response of the January 6 attack and to understand what prompted the attack, such as the events that led up to it and the motivations behind it. Because it is a bipartisan report, it had to be very carefully crafted and use specific language. They were not allowed to use the word “insurrection” unless it was in a quote, due to Republican demands. There was also no mention of former President Trump and his role in motivating the attackers. 

The main takeaway from the report was that Capitol Police had been repeatedly warned about potential violence occurring on that day and didn’t listen to those warnings. However, the blame isn’t entirely on them, as systemic failures didn’t allow them to request help during the attack. “The USCP Chief has no unilateral authority to request assistance from the National Guard,” the report said. 

Officials also grossly underestimated the impact that social media and the internet had on the attack, the report showed. People were making plans online and posting hateful content that went largely unregulated. The report stated, “FBI and (Department of Homeland Security) officials stressed the difficulty in discerning constitutionally protected free speech versus actionable, credible threats of violence.” 

Senators in the report pointed out the flaws and gave recommendations. They suggested that Capitol Police be better trained to be able to handle attacks like these, as there were failures in their action on the day of the attack. The report concluded by saying, “The Committees’ investigation to-date makes clear that reforms to USCP and the Capitol Police Board are necessary to ensure events like January 6 are never repeated. The failures leading up to and on January 6 were not limited to legislative branch entities.”

While Senate Republicans blocked a bill that would have established a commission to further investigate the attack, this report highlighted the severity of the January 6 attack and the things that need to change in order to prevent further events of this nature from happening again. 

Read the full Senate report here.

Share:

Share on facebook
Share on twitter
Share on linkedin
Share on pinterest
Share on email

Join Our Mailing List

    Recent Articles

    Individuals Pleading for Gun Reform Following Buffalo Shooting

    Following the mass shooting that killed 10 people in Buffalo, New York, on May 14th, 2022, President Biden is facing urgent demands to reform gun control. The tragic hate crime occurred at a supermarket in a predominately black community and the suspect’s actions are said to be “pure evil.” Biden describes how the suspect was “armed with weapons of war and hate-filled soul.”

    Pennsylvania Senate Candidate is Winning Over Voters with His “Shorts and Hoodie” Image

    Democrat John Fetterman is taking political analysts by surprise as he rises in opinion polls for the Democratic Senate primary on May 17th. His largest competitor is Representative Conor Lamb, who is believed by many to have the best chance of beating republicans in the general election later this year. However, Fetterman’s casual attire could have something to do with his gaining popularity.

    Op-Ed: Why College Should Be Free For Students

    The debate of free college has always been something that people across the United States talk about. Should students across the United States be able to further their education without having to worry about student debt? Or should people still have to pay for their college education? I was always on the outside of the debate, but now that I just finished my first year at college, I understand why college should be free.

    Biden Orders Federal Flags to Fly Half-Staff as U.S. COVID Deaths near One Million

    “One million empty chairs around the dinner table. Each an irreplaceable loss. Each leaving behind a family, a community, and a Nation forever changed because of this pandemic,” Biden said in a statement this morning. Today, President Biden ordered U.S. flags to be flown at half-staff to mark the “tragic milestone” of 1 million U.S. lives lost to the coronavirus. He warns the American people that they must “remain vigilant against this pandemic.”

    Senate has Failed to Pass The Women’s Health Protection Act

    On Wednesday, May 11th, the Senate failed to pass legislation that would give women a constitutional right to abortion into federal law. The Democratic bill failed, as expected, by a vote of 49 to 51. All Democrats voted for the legislation except Senator Joe Manchin of West Virginia, and all Republicans opposed the bill.

    Senators Quickly Pass Bill to Secure Security for Families of Supreme Court Justices

    On Monday, the Senate passed a bipartisan bill that would extend security and other protections to immediate family members of Supreme Court justices amid heightened unease over the upcoming abortion ruling. The bill would provide security measures similar to the protections that family members of executive and legislative branch officials have in place already.

    Hey! Are you enjoying NYCTastemakers? Make sure to join our mailing list for NYCTM and never miss the chance to read all of our articles!