On January 6, 2021, a crowd of President Donald J. Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, disrupting the electoral vote count to confirm Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s victory in the 2020 election in a violent rampage that threatened to thwart the peaceful transfer of power. Now, through public hearings, a House select committee investigating the roots of the attack is sharing its findings on the events of that day and the months-long campaign by Mr. Trump and his allies to undo his defeat.
After nearly a year of work and several days of hearings, what did the January 6 commission accomplish?
At a New York Times online event, readers shared their questions with Rep. Jamie Raskin, Democrat of Maryland and committee member, and our reporters covering the panel’s proceedings. Journalists Luke Broadwater and Alan Feuer joined host Julie Hirschfeld Davis, Congress editor at The Times.
They discussed findings that surprised even committee members and shared a glimpse of what lies ahead. It aired live on June 27.
Mr Raskin is expected to lead an upcoming hearing into what the investigation found about the violent extremist groups that took part in the assault, which he called an “attempted coup surrounded by violent rioting surrounded of cosmetic manifestations outside”. ”
The investigation also has a deeply personal dimension for Mr. Raskin. A day before the attack, Mr Raskin buried his 25-year-old son, Tommy, who took his own life. The next day he found himself hiding on the floor of the house as Mr Trump’s supporters tried to burst in amid their violent siege of the building. Within hours he was drafting an impeachment article against Mr. Trump, and the following week he was handling the prosecution of the president for inciting insurrection.
As the nation sorts out the implications of the deadliest attack on the Capitol in centuries, the committee’s work is crucial to documenting a pivotal moment in the nation’s history, understanding the threats to American democracy and illuminate the struggle to preserve it.