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Assault on the Capitol: the Attorney General promises to “follow the facts”

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Attorney General Merrick Garland implores Americans to be patient.

Mr Garland says more than 725 people have been arrested and charged in connection with the Jan.6 attack, with those implicated in assaults on police facing the most serious charges.

He adds that the investigation issued more than 5,000 subpoenas and search warrants, seized 2,000 electronic devices and examined 20,000 hours of video footage and 15 terabytes of data.

President Joe Biden will mark the first anniversary of the attack on Thursday with a speech the White House says will distinguish between the truth about what happened on Capitol Hill and the lies perpetrated by former President Donald Trump .

Mr Trump, for his part, canceled a scheduled press conference in Florida, choosing instead to focus on a rally in Arizona next week.

The police forces face the supporters of Donald Trump who were advancing towards the Capitol.

Follow the facts no matter who they lead to

Mr Garland did not mention Mr Trump on Wednesday, but he hinted that the investigation would continue to work behind the scenes to bring those responsible for the attack to justice, regardless of their political importance or partisan affiliation.

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We will follow the facts wherever they lead.

Investigating an event like that of January 6 is a complex and difficult undertaking that does not instantly reveal all the necessary facts and evidence, he added.

We track physical evidence, we track digital evidence, we track money. But more importantly: we are following the facts, not a program or a hypothesis. The facts tell us where to go next.

A quote from Merrick Garland, Attorney General of the United States

White House press secretary Jen Psaki said Mr. Biden’s speech would not hesitate to blame Mr. Trump for what happened on January 6, criticizing the former president for having capitalized on beliefs surrounding the 2020 election results and criticizing Republicans for their failure so far to face reality.

You don’t just love your country when you win; you love your country, you love democracy, in any scenariosaid Ms Psaki.

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A feeling of betrayal that persists

Five people died in or as a direct result of last year’s melee on Capitol Hill, including Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who succumbed to his injuries the next day after being hit on the head with a fire extinguisher and sprayed in face with pepper spray.

Protester and Air Force veteran Ashli ​​Babbitt was shot dead by police as she and several others tried to force their way into the building. Three other supporters of Mr. Trump – Kevin Gleeson, Rosanne Boyland and Benjamin Philips – also lost their lives.

But countless other Capitol Hill police officers remain scarred, physically and emotionally, not only by the events of that day, but also by what they describe as political efforts to present January 6 as a legitimate, non-violent public protest.

Sergeant Aquilino Gonell, a decorated U.S. Army veteran and Capitol Hill policeman, was among those who testified before Congress last year about the experiment. An opinion piece published Wednesday in the Washington post conveys his lingering feeling of betrayal.

We mourn for a somewhat divided America over what really happened on January 6, and we are deeply concerned about the threat of future political violence that continues to hang over our democracy.

A quote from Sergeant Aquilino Gonell and his colleague Harry Dunn, in an opinion piece

Contrary to the demonstration of national unity which followed the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, the American body politic remains more fractured than ever, in particular on the question of the events of last January, suggests a new poll by USA Today and the University of Suffolk.

While 83% of those polled said they were concerned about the future of democracy in the United States, opinions differ on political reasons: 58% of Republicans who took part in the survey still say Mr. Biden is not the legitimate president, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Only a slim majority of respondents, 53%, said the select committee does important work, including 88% Democrats, while 42% of 1,000 respondents called the committee a waste of time, including 78% Republicans.

With Trump rescinding his plans, two of the former president’s staunchest supporters in Congress – Georgia Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz – have scheduled a press conference in Washington for Thursday.

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