Jan 6 a ‘violent attempt’ by ‘terrorists’ to hold ‘power’: Biden | Politics News
Biden spoke at a signing ceremony for a Congressional Gold Medal Bill to Police for Bravery in the Capitol Riot.
President Joe Biden has declared that the attack on the United States Capitol on January 6 by supporters of former President Donald Trump was an insurgency of “terrorists” aimed at overthrowing “the will of the American people.”
President Biden’s words, among the loudest to date about the Capitol Riot and currently under investigation by Congress, came as he signed a bill at Home Blanche awarding the Congressional Gold Medal to officers of the Capitol Police and the Washington, DC Metropolitan Police for bravery.
“My fellow Americans, let’s remember what it was about,” Biden said of the siege.
“It was a violent attempt to overthrow the will of the American people, to seek power at all costs, to replace the ballot with brute force. Destroy, not build. Without democracy, nothing is possible. With her everything is.
The medal is the highest honor that Congress can bestow. Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris held a ceremony in the White House rose garden to sign the bill, which was passed unanimously by the U.S. Senate earlier this week.
Many officers were beaten and injured that day as the violent mob of Trump supporters walked past them to break into the Capitol and interrupt the certification of Biden’s election victory in 2020. Some of them, four of whom testified at a House hearing last week spoke of the lasting mental and physical scars.
The law will place the medals in four locations – the Capitol Police Headquarters, the Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Capitol and the Smithsonian Institution.
The U.S. District of Columbia Police Department announced this week that two other officers who responded to the Jan.6 riot on the U.S. Capitol have died by suicide, bringing the number of known suicides by police officers to four. service in the building that day. The circumstances that led to the two deaths announced this week are unknown.
Another Capitol Police officer who was attacked by protesters died of a stroke after the incident. More than 100 police officers were injured, some seriously.
A special U.S. House of Representatives committee investigating Jan. 6 last week heard testimony from four officers who clashed with rioters.
The hearing closed months of debate in Congress on the launch of an independent and bipartisan inquiry modeled on the one created in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks.
“I was caught, beaten, tased – while being called a traitor to my country,” Metropolitan Police Officer Michael Fanone said in moving testimony.
“I was in danger of being stripped and killed with my own gun because I heard ‘kill him with his own gun’ chants. ”
US prosecutors are offering plea deals to a group of six accused of forming a “shield wall” of stolen police equipment as they clashed with officers in the United States Capitol on January 6, said a federal prosecutor at a hearing Thursday.
At a pre-trial hearing of six defendants charged with rioting, United States Deputy Prosecutor Melissa Jackson told U.S. District Judge Trevor McFadden that prosecutors had made plea offers to the accused rioters who used riot shields and police batons to attack uniformed officers guarding the Capitol.
Members of the mob could also be “heard planning and implementing a riot rotation to have rioters’ ‘charges’ in front” to form a “shield wall” to prevent police from using pepper spray.
One of the defendants, Christopher Quaglin, is accused of spraying police with an irritating chemical. Court records indicate that Quaglin and two other related defendants are still in pre-trial detention.
The plea deals offered to the group are the latest that prosecutors have reached with a growing number of defendants facing charges related to the January 6 riot.
More than 535 people were accused of participating in the violence, when supporters of then President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an attempt to prevent Congress from certifying the electoral victory of Democratic President Joe Biden.
Trump falsely claims he lost the election due to widespread voter fraud.