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Jan. 6 Capitol riot: Full anniversary coverage

Thursday marked a year since a mob of pro-Trump supporters ransacked the building in a deadly attempt to disrupt the electoral vote count formalizing President Joe Biden's victory.

Thursday marked one year since the Jan. 6 riot, where supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to protest the 2020 election results.

In a speech Thursday morning noting the anniversary, President Joe Biden placed blame on Trump for the attempted insurrection and pushed back on many of the former president's false claims about the 2020 election.

Biden called Trump a "defeated former president" and vowed not to shrink from the fight against those who have sought to undermine the electoral process. Meanwhile, Senate Democrats reflected on the riot by renewing their voting rights push.

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More than 100 groups argue Jan. 6 shows need for new voting rights law

Dozens of advocacy groups urged Senate Democrats on Thursday to pass voting rights legislation, arguing the Jan. 6 riot underscores the need for quick congressional action.

“Last January, our nation came too close to not having a peaceful transition of power. One year is enough. We cannot wait until the next violent attack to safeguard our nation,” over 100 national and state-based organizations led by Stand Up America wrote in a letter to Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

The pressure campaign comes as Republicans condemn Democrats for linking last year’s attack on the Capitol to new election reform efforts. Schumer recently promised that the evenly split Senate would take up voting rights measures in January, while also vowing to hold a vote on changing the filibuster rules that require support from 60 senators to advance most legislation.

“This anniversary serves as a solemn reminder that our democracy remains under threat. One year after the deadly insurrection at our nation’s Capitol, not a single federal bill has been signed into law that would protect our democracy and our freedom to vote,” said Sean Eldridge, Stand Up America’s founder and president, in a statement.

Stephanie Grisham says ex-Trump officials planning effort to quash Trump 2024 run

Former Trump press secretary Stephanie Grisham said Thursday that she's part of a group of about 15 other ex-Trump officials who are developing a plan to try to stop Donald Trump if he decides to run for president again. 

Grisham said in an interview on CNN that some of the officials in the group were both junior and senior to her in the White House. In addition to serving as Trump's press secretary, she also worked as Melania Trump's press secretary and chief of staff before resigning on Jan. 6, 2021.

The group's members have held several video and conference calls so far. They plan to meet next week, with some in-person and some participating virtually, she said. 

Grisham met Wednesday evening with the House select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack and said she cooperated fully. 

Capitol Police to activate civil disturbance unit

The Capitol Police will activate their civil disturbance unit to address any demonstration activity that may arise around the Capitol on Thursday, and tactical and uniformed units will have an increased presence on and around Capitol Hill, the Senate Sergeant at Arms says. 

The notice, sent to all Senate staff, says they are “not aware of any specific threats to the U.S. Capitol complex or Senate state offices," but that there are two permitted candlelight vigils planned for Union Square, in front of the Capitol Building. 

The plaza on the east side of the Capitol will be closed to the public.  

Asked whether they would increase their security posture in light of potential threats, a Capitol Police spokesman said, "We cannot discuss potential intelligence or potential security plans.”

How Jan. 6 shaped the way these 2 freshman lawmakers viewed Congress

Reps. Troy Nehls, R-Texas, and Sara Jacobs, D-Calif., were only a few days into their tenures as lawmakers on Jan. 6 when a mob attacked the U.S. Capitol, trapping them in the House chamber.

They are just two of the 64 House freshmen who arrived in Washington a year ago. But even after they experienced the riot that day in the same room, their reflections about what happened couldn’t be more different, emblematic of the divisions about that day that remain on Capitol Hill.

Read more about their experience here.

Feds see uptick in unspecified threats associated with Jan. 6 anniversary but no credible plots

Federal law enforcement and intelligence officials have observed an uptick in calls for unspecified acts of violence in the past 48 hours associated with the Jan. 6 anniversary, a senior U.S. intelligence official with direct knowledge of the matter told NBC News Wednesday.

Some of the unspecified threats cited by the senior intelligence official are directed at lawmakers who voted to certify the 2020 presidential election the same day a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol attempting to prevent Congress from confirming President Joe Biden’s electoral victory.

The official added that some websites are circulating conspiracy theories that the Jan. 6 riot was a false flag operation organized by the FBI, while other websites associated with foreign governments are amplifying those false narratives.

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Most Republicans don't view Jan. 6 riot as violent threat against democracy, polls show

Most Americans view last year’s deadly riot at the Capitol as a violent threat to democracy, according to two polls released this week ahead of the one-year anniversary of the Jan. 6 attack inspired by former President Donald Trump’s election lies.

But most Republican respondents aligned with Trump, who has downplayed the attack and clung to his  debunked claim that a second term was stolen from him in 2020. A 52 percent majority of GOP adults surveyed in an ABC/Ipsos poll said the Jan. 6 rioters were “protecting democracy” as they stormed the Capitol and tried to block certification of Joe Biden’s victory over Trump. Forty-five percent of Republicans said the attack was a threat. 

In another poll, conducted by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, a 39 percent plurality of Republicans described the riot as “extremely” or “very” violent. The remaining 61 percent were split between “somewhat” violent and “not very” or “not at all” violent.

Although an overall majority of respondents in both surveys held a more critical view of the riot and Trump’s responsibility for it, the data found deep splits between Democrats and Republicans. A 71 percent majority of GOP respondents in the ABC poll, for example, said they believed Trump was the rightful winner of the 2020 election. He wasn’t.

Biden remarks, conversation with historians among Jan. 6 anniversary events

President Joe Biden is set to deliver remarks at the Capitol about the anniversary around 9 a.m. ET along with Vice President Kamala Harris from Statuary Hall. 

Around 10 a.m., House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., is scheduled to make a statement and hold a moment of reflection on the House floor. At 12 p.m., the House is expected to hold a moment of silence. 

The House will then hold a "historic perspective" session at 1 p.m., a conversation moderated by Library of Congress' Dr. Carla Hayden between historians Doris Kearns Goodwin and Jon Meacham. 

At 2:30 p.m., lawmakers are expected to deliver testimonials about the Jan. 6 attack at a session led by Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo.

In the early evening at 5:30 p.m., Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and other members of Congress will hold a prayer vigil on the Capitol steps. 

Former President Donald Trump had planned to hold a press conference Thursday evening, but announced Tuesday that he decided to cancel the event. 

A year after Capitol riot, American democracy still at risk, experts say

America survived the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, but the explosion of political violence exposed the republic’s fragility. A year later, after an impeachment and amid federal investigations, the risk to America’s system of governance remains high, according to many elected officials and advocates. 

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