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Six months on from the Capitol riot, a third of GOP candidates push election fraud claims

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Six months after the January 6th MAGA riot on Capitol Hill, fencing remains up around the building, authorities are searching for 300 suspects from that day and a third of Republican candidates in next year’s election are pushing the false claim Donald Trump won in 2020. 

More than 500 people face charges stemming from the riot, when thousands of pro-Trump supporters stormed the building to disrupt the formal certification of Joe Biden’s victory. Many blame Trump for ginning up his supporters with his unproven allegations of voter fraud. 

The violence led to five deaths, a trail of destruction through the Capitol building, and a renewed sense of bipartisan loathing among lawmakers. 

In the aftermath, the FBI is still seeking information on more than 300 people who were among those in the Capitol hallways that day. That includes a $100,000 reward for the person who planted two pipe bombs outside the offices of the Republican and Democratic national committees the night before the riot.

The Justice Department has estimated that about 800 individuals may have been involved in the Jan. 6 attack. 

Six months after the January 6th MAGA riot on Capitol Hill, fencing remains up around the building

Six months after the January 6th MAGA riot on Capitol Hill, fencing remains up around the building

US Capitol Police have increased their visibility with officers and canines conducting drills around the Capitol

US Capitol Police have increased their visibility with officers and canines conducting drills around the Capitol

The Justice Department has estimated that about 800 individuals may have been involved in the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill

The Justice Department has estimated that about 800 individuals may have been involved in the Jan. 6 attack on Capitol Hill

The FBI website on the January 6th riot is filled with photos taken that day, many of which are zoomed in on the suspects still out there. 

The law enforcement agency asks for information on those who ‘made unlawful entry into the U.S. Capitol building,’ damaged valuable historic property, and targeted law enforcement and journalists.

More than a dozen people have already pled guilty in connection with the riot. 

Security fencing remains in place around the Capitol although it is expected to come down in the next few weeks. 

Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman noted her agency, in the days since the riot, have increasing training, recruitment and communication to adding two new wellness support dogs, Lila (above) and Filip

Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman noted her agency, in the days since the riot, have increasing training, recruitment and communication to adding two new wellness support dogs, Lila (above) and Filip 

The National Guard troops, however, have gone home. But magnetometers remain outside the House floor after some Republican lawmakers admitted to carrying guns in the complex. 

US Capitol Police, meanwhile, have increased their visibility with officers and canines conducting drills around the Capitol. ‘This is part of our ongoing plan to increase the number of drills and exercises around campus,’ USCP noted in a tweet. 

Officers were overwhelmed by Trump supporters on January 6th. Many remain traumatized and morale is reported to be poor among the force. Two officers, Brian Sicknick and Howie Liebengood, died in the aftermath of the riot. 

Capitol Police are also opening regional offices in Florida and California to deal with threats to members of Congress, acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman noted in a statement on the six month anniversary.

Threats against lawmakers have more than doubled so far this year compared with last year, USCP noted in May. 

Pittman also outlined other actions the agency has taken in the past six months, from increasing training, recruitment and communication to adding two new wellness support dogs, Lila and Filip. 

In response to the riot, USCP has asked for a $107 million increase in its 2022 budget compared with its fiscal year 2021 budget. That matter is still being debated among lawmakers. 

Partisan rancor remains high inside the marble walls of the Capitol complex with lawmakers unable to agree on a number of issues, including a bipartisan commission to investigate what happened on January 6.

So House Democrats, last week, approved a special committee to probe what happened that day, including the causes and the effects. 

Max Miller, who's running in a House primary against a Republican lawmaker who voted to impeach Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 riot, speaks at a rally with former President Donald Trump

Max Miller, who’s running in a House primary against a Republican lawmaker who voted to impeach Donald Trump for the Jan. 6 riot, speaks at a rally with former President Donald Trump

Former President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail late last month, holding a 'revenge' rally in Ohio

Former President Donald Trump returned to the campaign trail late last month, holding a ‘revenge’ rally in Ohio

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is one of many GOP lawmakers who falsely claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from Donald Trump

Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene is one of many GOP lawmakers who falsely claim that the 2020 election had been stolen from Donald Trump

House Democrats established a select committee to investigate what happened on Jan. 6

House Democrats established a select committee to investigate what happened on Jan. 6

Meanwhile, a new crop of Republican candidates for House and Senate contain a number of contenders who are pushing false claims about the 2020 election.  

Of the nearly 700 Republicans who have filed the initial paperwork with the Federal Election Commission to run for Congress year, at least a third have embraced Trump’s false claims that the election was stolen from him, according to an analysis by The Washington Post.

Many of those GOP candidates – 136 – are sitting members of Congress who voted against Biden’s electoral college victory on Jan. 6.

That includes Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, a Georgia Republican who has been a steadfast voice for Trump on Capitol Hill and a thorn in the side of Democrats. 

Greene has antagonized Democrat lawmakers to the point about 40 of them wrote to House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy last week and asked him to do something about her. Greene already has lost her committee assignments for her past racist comments and sharing of QAnon conspiracy theories.

She and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, in particular, have argued in the hallways of Congress and on the House floor. After a May confrontation on the House floor, where Greene verbally confronted Ocasio-Cortez and then followed her out to the hallway to continue yelling, the New York Democrat considered getting a restraining order against Greene.  

Democrats also moved Rep. Cori Bush’s office away from Greene after the two lawmakers had a run-in in the hallway over mask wearing. Greene also trolled her office neighbor, Rep. Marie Newman, with an anti-trans sign after Newman, whose daughter is transgender, displayed a trans flag in the hallway. 

Greene claims to be the victim of a ‘witch hunt’ and said she has done ‘nothing wrong.’

Meanwhile, Trump is mulling another presidential bid in 2024. He has returned to the campaign stage with a series of ‘revenge rallies,’ targeting Republicans who called him out for not doing enough to stop his supporters on January 6th.  

He continues to press the false claim he won in 2020.  

‘We won the election twice,’ Trump said a crowd in Ohio at the end of June. ‘And it’s possible we’ll have to win it a third time!’ 

Trump was stumping for his former aide Max Miller, who is running to unseat Republican Rep. Anthony Gonzalez in Ohio’s 16th Congressional district.

Gonzalez was one of 10 House Republicans who voted to impeach the ex-president for inciting the January 6 insurrection on Capitol Hill.     



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