Updated 3:22 PM ET, Mon January 3, 2022
It has now been nearly a year since supporters of Donald Trump breached the US Capitol, attacking officers and destroying parts of the building in what was a stunning display of insurrection.
The riot took place on January 6, 2021, as Congress was meeting to certify Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election. The Capitol was put on lockdown, and it took several hours for it to be secured. Lawmakers evacuated the House and Senate chambers. Vice President Mike Pence was also moved to a safe location.
Congress returned later that evening to certify Biden’s victory, but the country — watching the riot live on television — was shaken. The chaos led to the deaths of multiple people on the day of the attack or shortly thereafter. Several officers who responded during the Capitol attack later died by suicide.
More than 700 people have been charged by the Justice Department in connection with the riot. Trump was impeached by the House and charged with “incitement of insurrection,” but he was acquitted by the Senate in February.
A House select committee was formed in July to further investigate the attack. An interim report is not expected until this summer.