January 21, 2022 5:21 pm

One year of the assault on the Capitol, in eight keys

On January 6, 2021, the world watched in amazement at the images of hundreds of people perched on the façade of the Capitol of Washington and its irruption shortly after in the seat of the sacrosanct democracy of the United States. All this on the day that the deputies and senators were preparing to ratify the vote of the Electoral College that proclaimed Joe Biden as the forty-sixth president of the nation, and shortly after the outgoing president, Donald Trump, encouraged his supporters not to allow what he considered his victory in the previous November 3 elections to be stolen.

than 700 arrests, while Congress has opened its own inquiries to determine political responsibilities.

These are the main milestones in relation to the events:

Congress session

On January 6, members of the House of Representatives and the Senate prepare to certify in the Capitol the triumph of Joe Biden in the presidential elections of November 3, 2020, a result that Donald Trump does not accept. Due to the altercations that would take place that day, the certification could not be completed until the following day.

Arenga de Trump

That same January 6, the still president addresses his followers from the Ellipse of the White House and encourages them to prevent them from stealing what he considered his victory in the elections.

Break into the Capitol

Protesters climb the facade of the Capitol on January 6, 2021 – Reuters

After Trump’s speech, hundreds of people crossed the security barriers around the Capitol, confront the security forces that protect it and enter the interior through doors and windows, occupying corridors, offices and rooms of plenary sessions of the House and the Senate, while the parliamentarians take shelter.

Killed in incidents

Four of the assailants are killed: Ashli ​​Babbitt, shot by an agent; Kevin Greeson, of a heart attack; Rosanne Boyland, run over by the mob, and Benjamin Philips, from another heart attack. In addition, a policeman who defends the Capitol, Brian Sicknick, dies, although in April it was reported that it was due to natural causes.

Trump’s second impeachment

The House of Representatives began in February a political process against the former president for his alleged responsibility in the events of the Capitol. It is the second time that Trump has been subjected to impeachment after the one opened in December 2019. In both cases he is acquitted by the Senate.

FBI investigation

The Federal Investigation Office opens an investigation in which it asks for citizen cooperation to identify the participants in the assault and takes advantage of the abundant audiovisual material published on the internet. It has resulted in more than 700 detainees in almost all 50 states of the country. Of these, more than 220 are accused of assaulting or obstructing the security forces. More than 150 have pleaded guilty.

Judicial convictions

The 'shaman of QAnon', inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021
The ‘Shaman of QAnon’, inside the Capitol on January 6, 2021 – Afp

Federal judges have so far sentenced 71 of the defendants in different parts of the US Among them is Jacob Chansley, known as ‘the shaman of QAnon’, sentenced on November 17 to 41 months in prison.

The longest sentence so far, 63 months in jail, was imposed on December 17 on Robert Palmer, who threw a wooden plank and fire extinguisher at the officers. On December 21, a federal judge sentenced an 81-year-old war veteran to three years of probation,
Gary Wickersham, one of the oldest defendants

Commission of inquiry in Congress

Apart from the police investigation, a committee promoted by the Democrats has been investigating the political implications of the assault on the Capitol and the role of Trump since July. The former president asks the Supreme Court on December 23 to prevent access to documents and recordings of the White House.


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