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What we’ve learned about the Capitol attack in the last 6 months

Tuesday marks six months since a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on January 6 in an attempt to stop the certification of President Joe Biden's election win. Judy Woodruff and Lisa Desjardins take a deeper look at the investigations into that day.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    Today marks six months since a pro-Trump mob attacked the U.S. Capitol on January the 6th, in an attempt to stop the certification of Joe Biden's election win.

    For a deeper look at the investigations into that day, I'm joined now by our Lisa Desjardins.

    Hello, Lisa.

    So, tell us now, where does it stand in terms of finding out and arresting those who broke into the Capitol?

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    Let's talk about this sweeping investigation that has been all around the country, led by tips, in part, to the FBI.

    Here is where that stands. So far, the FBI has arrested about 535 people in these investigations. Now, from that group, 10 have pleaded guilty themselves. The rest have cases pending.

    Now, there is a wide range of different kinds of charges. Almost everyone in that group has been charged with improper entry, but a smaller group has been charged with conspiracy, and over 100 people have been charged with assault.

    Over 100 police officers were assaulted in that attack. And that's what those charges are part of. Now, there are still some 300 suspects that the FBI would like to identify and find.

    They uploaded 11 new videos today of faces they want Americans to look at and see if they can identify. But among those who haven't been identified are the people or person who planted the pipe bombs at the Republican and Democratic National Committee headquarters.

    A couple of other notes. We know where these sentences are going just based on a few guilty pleas, some for misdemeanors, like improper entry. A woman recently was given three years probation for that. She apologized in court. And that's why she got a lenient sentence.

    But, on the other hand, we just saw a guilty plea from an Oath Keeper who pleaded guilty to conspiring to, in fact, trying to overturn the election. That person's sentence is still pending, but could be more than five-and-a-half to six-and-a-half years, so a wide range in the seriousness of sentences that these people face.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    And, Lisa, what about inside the Capitol? Where are we in terms of the attempt to find out who was responsible in terms of investigations and also to make sure the Capitol is safe?

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    That's right.

    That is a big question right now. The U.S. Capitol Police put out a release today saying here's where they are. And I want to break down what we know about Capitol security going forward.

    One thing that's new, Capitol Police are actually opening two offices in Florida and California to deal with threats against members. That shows you what's going on in these offices. A lot of these members are getting threats continuing after January 6.

    Now, the fences outside the Capitol, the last fences are expected to come down this week. There is still no deal on money to improve security at the U.S. Capitol. That is stuck in the Senate right now. And, in addition, I have to say, Capitol Police at this moment still cannot call in the National Guard for an emergency on their own. They still have to go through red tape to do it.

    So, in other words, where we are is a lot of issues unresolved. Now, House Democrats passed a select committee to look into this because they could not get agreement on a bipartisan commission. That is operating, eight Democrats — eight appointed by Nancy Pelosi and five could be appointed by Republicans. We will see if they do it.

    That will be probably the next thing to watch.

  • Judy Woodruff:

    And in connection with that, our next guest.

    Lisa Desjardins, thank you very much.

  • Lisa Desjardins:

    You're welcome.

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