Latest 2021 United States Capitol riot News

Some Jan. 6 defendants try to use journalism as riot defense

Apr. 18, 2021 07:30 AM EDT

The Trump supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in January created a trove of self-incriminating evidence, thoroughly documenting their actions and words in videos and social media posts. Now some of the camera-toting people in the crowd are claiming they were only there to record history...

Wood from Madison laboratory headed for U.S. Capitol repairs

Apr. 17, 2021 13:42 PM EDT

MADISON, Wis. (AP) — Workers repairing damage to the U.S. Capitol during January’s riot are using priceless wood that spent decades sitting in a Madison laboratory. The Wisconsin State Journal reported Saturday that the U.S. Department of...

Oath Keeper is 1st suspect to plead guilty in Capitol riot

Apr. 16, 2021 18:31 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — A member of the far-right Oath Keepers militia group and heavy metal guitarist on Friday became the first defendant to plead guilty to federal charges in connection with the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. Jon Ryan Schaffer, the frontman of the band...

GOP leaders diverge on Trump, putting party in limbo

Apr. 16, 2021 01:46 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — One by one, the Republican leaders of Congress have made the trip to Mar-a-Lago to see Donald Trump. Kevin McCarthy visited after the deadly Jan 6 Capitol insurrection, counting on the former president's help to win back control of the House in 2022....

Colorado man to remain jailed after attack on US Capitol

Apr. 15, 2021 19:18 PM EDT

DENVER (AP) — A federal judge in Washington, D.C., has denied bail for a Colorado geophysicist accused of dragging a police officer down steps to be beaten by an American flag outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. Judge Emmet Sullivan ruled Wednesday that Jeffrey Sabol,...

Capitol Police watchdog says force needs 'cultural change'

Apr. 15, 2021 16:43 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The U.S. Capitol Police force needs “cultural change” after the broad failures of the Jan. 6 insurrection, the top watchdog for the department testified Thursday, pointing to inadequate training and outdated weaponry as among several urgent problems facing the force. ...

Prosecutors: No charges for officer in Capitol riot shooting

Apr. 14, 2021 18:46 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Federal prosecutors will not charge a police officer who shot and killed a woman as she climbed through the broken part of a door during the insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, the Justice Department said Wednesday. Authorities had considered...

Stinging report raises new questions about Capitol security

Apr. 14, 2021 17:14 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Shields that shattered upon impact. Weapons too old to use. Missed intelligence in which future insurrectionists warned, “We get our president or we die." As Congress pushes for a return to normalcy months after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol, a...

Farmington man surprised he faces charges in Capitol riot

Apr. 13, 2021 19:24 PM EDT

ALBUQUERQUE (AP) — A Farmington man arrested for his acknowledged presence inside the U.S. Capitol during the Jan. 6 riot says he is surprised that he now faces criminal charges. Shawn Bradley Witzemann told KOB-TV that he looks forward to being exonerated and called...

What's next as Congress ramps up investigations of Jan. 6

Apr. 13, 2021 00:42 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — More than three months after the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, Congress is still trying to figure out how to move forward and prevent future attacks. While the Senate has already heard testimony from law enforcement leaders who were responsible...