Investigations continue after Trump supporters broke windows, fought police and sent lawmakers seeking security.
The last stretches of a high-security fence surrounding the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC, are removed Friday, six months after supporters of former President Donald Trump exceeded the building in riot.
The two-and-a-half-meter-tall black-mesh fences were thrown by authorities after the attack on Congress and at one point had surrounded several blocks around the Capitol complex, blocking normal pedestrian and vehicle traffic. .
In the months that followed, the fence was gradually removed as security at the Capitol returned to normal over time. Sections still preserved include the White-domed Capitol and the chambers of the House of Representatives and the Senate.
The aftermath of the January 6 riot continues to divide American politics as Democrats and some Republicans continue to investigate Trump’s potential role in what the FBI has called “internal terrorism,” and the former president continues to claim a wide influence on the Republican party.
The decision to demolish the remaining fence was based on a U.S. Capitol police assessment of the current threat and improved coordination with local and federal law enforcement agencies, according to Sergeant of Arms of the United States House of Representatives, William Walker.
More than 535 people, including members of the Guardians of the Oath group, have been accused of taking part in the January 6 attack, when Trump supporters broke windows, fought police, attacked journalists and sent lawmakers and then Vice President Mike Pence seeking security.
U.S. prosecutors arrested a group of Florida residents on July 8 and charged them with attacking police officers during the Jan. 6 deadly siege, according to court documents.
Four people in the Tampa Bay area were arrested June 30, according to prosecutors. A fifth person has not yet been captured. Justice Department lawyers said the defendants attacked police officers with improvised weapons such as stolen riot shields and flagpoles.
Five people died during the violence and the next day, including a Capitol police officer. Two police officers involved in defending the Capitol were killed. More than a hundred police officers were injured.
Democratic Sen. Sherrod Brown shared photos of some of the damage inside the building for the first time on Wednesday.
This is the first time I share my January 6 photos.
I took them exactly six months ago, the morning after the uprising.
This is what I saw at the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/1atviIbBwa
– Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) July 7, 2021
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a Democrat, announced on June 24 that she would form a special committee investigate the attack at the United States Capitol, saying it is “imperative that we seek the truth.” The new committee comes after the Republicans in the Senate locked a bill passed by the House that would have created a bipartisan commission to investigate the January 6 events.
The riots sought to prevent Congress from certifying President Joe Biden’s election victory, which Trump falsely said was the result of widespread fraud. Several courts, state election officials, and members of the Trump administration itself have dismissed their claims as unfounded.
Trump he continues to complain the elections were stolen from him by fraudulent voting in key states.
About 20,000 national guards they were called troops towards the city to defend the building, with the last contingent not to leave until May.
The temporary fence can be reinstalled quickly if necessary and other restrictions on access to the Capitol will be maintained. Tourists and other visitors are barred from entering the Capitol due to restrictions on the COVID-19 pandemic.
In March, a task force studying security flaws on Jan. 6 recommended setting up a rapid reaction force in Washington, DC, and upgrading the capabilities and intelligence training of Capitol Police.