A timeline of the unfolding events of the January 6 Uprising
The House Select Committee investigating the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol is expected to continue presenting its findings in a public hearing this morning. When and how the events happened that day was a key part of their investigation.
Supporters of then-President Trump stormed the US Capitol on January 6, 2021, engulfing the building in chaos after Trump urged his supporters to protest the ceremonial counting of electoral votes to certify President Biden’s victory.
here’s how key events have taken place throughout the Capitol on January 6, 2021, after Trump’s speech:
- At 1:10 p.m. ET, As Congress began the process of claiming victory for President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College, Trump encouraged his supporters to demonstrate at the United States Capitol. Despite promising to join them, Trump retreated to the White House in his SUV and watched on television as the violence unfolded on Capitol Hill.
- Shortly after 1 p.m. ET, Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters broke through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they clashed with officers in full riot gear, with some calling the officers “traitors” for doing their jobs.
- About 90 minutes later, police said protesters entered the building and the doors to the House and Senate were locked. Shortly after, the floor of the house was evacuated by the police. Then-Vice President Mike Pence was also kicked out of the chamber due to play his part in counting the electoral votes.
- An armed confrontation took place at the front door of the house from 3 p.m. ET, and the police pointed their guns at someone trying to break it. A Trump supporter was also pictured standing in front of the Senate dais earlier in the afternoon.
- The Senate floor was cleared of rioters starting at 3:30 p.m. ET, and an officer told CNN they managed to move them away from the Senate wing of the building and toward the rotunda, and were removing them from the Capitol’s east and west gates.
- United States Capitol Police worked to secure the second floor of the Capitol first and were seen just before 5 p.m. ET pushing protesters off the steps on the east side of the building.
- With about 30 minutes before Washington, DC 6 p.m. ET curfew, Washington police gathered in a long line to push back the crowd from the Capitol grounds. It took around 5:40 p.m. ET for the building to be secured again, according to the Sergeant-at-Arms.
- Lawmakers began returning to the Capitol after the building was secured and made it clear that they intended to resume their scheduled activities of confirming Biden’s victory over Trump by counting votes in the Electoral College.
- Debates resumed at 8 p.m. ET with Pence — who never left the Capitol, according to his press secretary — bringing the Senate session back to order.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a statement earlier the evening of Jan. 6 that congressional leaders wanted to continue the joint session that evening.
Then-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said on the floor that “the United States Senate will not be intimidated. We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threat”.
It took until the early hours of Thursday morning (January 7, 2021), but Congress finally counted and certified Biden’s election victory.
See the full timeline of events here.