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January 6 Storming of the Capitol

This guide documents the government investigation of the Capitol breach on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.

Investigation started 2.23.2021

9.17.2021 Thompson and Cheney announce senior investigative council for the Select Committee.
"John Wood, a former United States Attorney for the Western District of Missouri and senior Bush Administration official, will serve as Senior Investigative Counsel for the January 6th Select Committee and Of Counsel to the Vice Chair."
Press Release 

Thompson & Cheney statement on Pentagon officials' reported actions after January 6th.
“The facts surrounding steps taken at the Pentagon to protect our security both before and after January 6th are a crucial area of focus for the Select Committee. Indeed, the Select Committee has sought records specifically related to these matters and we expect the Department of Defense to cooperate fully with our probe. Looking ahead, we will carefully evaluate all the facts based on first-hand testimony, contemporaneous documents, and other relevant materials. The Select Committee is dedicated to telling the complete story of the unprecedented and extraordinary events of January 6th, including all steps that led to what happened that day, and the specific actions and activities that followed between January 6th and January 20th, 2021.”
Press Release


Thompson & Cheney statement on McCarthy’s January 6th misinformation campaign:
“Minority Leader McCarthy has recently made statements regarding the January 6th investigation. He has suggested, based on an anonymous report, that the Department of Justice has concluded that Donald Trump did not cause, incite, or provoke the violence on January 6th. When this anonymous report was first published, the Select Committee queried the Executive Branch agencies and congressional committees involved in the investigation. We’ve received answers and briefings from the relevant entities, and it’s been made clear to us that reports of such a conclusion are baseless. We will continue to pursue all elements of this investigation in a nonpartisan and thorough manner. We also remind Minority Leader McCarthy of his statements following January 6th, including his statement from the House Floor on January 13th—which are inconsistent with his recent comments.”
McCarthy Statements in a TV interview
Press Release


Chairman Thompson announces representative Cheney as Select Committee vice chair.
Press Release 


Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy threatens companies that comply with Jan. 6 probe’s phone records requests: 
“Adam Schiff, Bennie Thompson, and Nancy Pelosi’s attempts to strong-arm private companies to turn over individuals’ private data would put every American with a phone or computer in the crosshairs of a surveillance state run by Democrat politicians. If these companies comply with the Democrat order to turn over private information, they are in violation of federal law and subject to losing their ability to operate in the United States. If companies still choose to violate federal law, a Republican majority will not forget and will stand with Americans to hold them fully accountable under the law.”
Statement Twitter Link


Select Committee demands records related to January 6th attack from social media companies.
"The letters to the social media companies seek a range of records, including data, reports, analyses, and communications stretching back to spring of 2020. The Select Committee is also seeking information on policy changes social media companies adopted—or failed to adopt—to address the spread of false information, violent extremism, and foreign malign influence, including decisions on banning material from platforms and contacts with law enforcement and other government entities."

The following companies received record demands from the Select Committee: 4chan, 8kun (formerly known as 8chan), Facebook, Gab, Google, Parler, Reddit, Snapchat, Telegram,, Tik-Tok, Twitch, Twitter, YouTube and Zello,
Press Release


Select Committee issues sweeping demand for Executive Branch records. 
"In letters to the National Archives and Records Administration (NARA) and seven other Executive Branch agencies, Chairman Thompson renewed and expanded upon the requests of other committees from earlier this year. Chairman Thompson gave the agencies a two-week deadline to produce materials."
Earlier record requests: January 16 PDF and March 25 PDF.
Press Release

8.12.2021 Chairman Bennie G. Thompson announces that Timothy J. Heaphy, University Counsel at the University of Virginia, will serve as chief investigative council for the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
Press Release

First hearing of the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States CapitolThe Law Enforcement Experience on January 6th

Hearing Video Recording 

Witness statements:

  • Sergeant Aquilino Gonell United States Capitol Police, Washington, DC  PDF
  • Officer Michael Fanone Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC  PDF
  • Officer Daniel Hodges Metropolitan Police Department, Washington, DC PDF
  • Officer Harry Dunn United States Capitol Police, Washington, DC  PDF
7.27.2021 Justice Department clear way for Trump officials to testify about the storming of the Capitol on 6th of January. 
DOJ rejected Tuesday a request from Rep. Mo Brooks (R-Ala.) to be immunized for his remarks on Jan. 6. PDF

Brooks January 6 remarks Video Recording 

Congressman Adam Kinzinger (IL-16) will serve on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. 
Kinzinger press release accepting Pelosi's invitation to serve on the Committee. TEXT

7.21.2021 McCarthy pulls GOP members from Jan. 6 Commission after Pelosi rejects Banks, Jordan nominations.
McCarthy Statement about Pelosi’s rejection of Jordan, Banks for January 6 committee. TEXT
7.21.2021 Pelosi rejects Jordan, Banks for January 6 committee.
Pelosi Statement on Republican recommendations to serve on the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol. TEXT
7.19.2021 Kevin McCarthy named five out of the 13 members of the House select committee to Investigate January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol:
Rep. Jim Banks, R-Indiana, will serve as the ranking member of the panel.
Rep. Jim Jordan, R-Ohio 
Rep. Rodney Davis, R-Illinois
Rep. Kelly Armstrong, R-North Dakota 
Rep. Troy Nehls, R-Texas
House Speaker Pelosi has the final say over which lawmakers McCarthy can appoint. 
7.14.2021 U.S. House select committee announces first hearing to probe Jan. 6 attack on July 27. Hearing would include testimony from U.S. Capitol Police officers.

Pelosi Names Members to Select Committee to Investigate January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol:

  • Chair Bennie Thompson: Chair of Homeland Security Committee
  • Chair Zoe Lofgren: Chair of Committee on House Administration
  • Chair Adam Schiff: Chair of House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
  • Rep. Pete Aguilar, House Administration and Appropriations Committees
  • Rep. Liz Cheney, Armed Services Committee
  • Rep. Stephanie Murphy, Armed Services Committee
  • Rep. Jamie Raskin, Oversight and Judiciary Committees
  • Rep. Elaine Luria, Navy veteran, Armed Services and Homeland Security Committees

The House voted 222-190 to formally create the select panel to investigate the deadly January 6 attack on the US Capitol. Republican representatives Liz Cheney of Wyoming and Adam Kinzinger of Illinois joined the Democrats to support the panel formation.


H.Res. 503 Establishing the Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol.
Pelosi statement introducing the resolution TEXT
H.Res. 503  PDF
Link to the resolution
at the Congress website


House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced she will create a select committee to investigate the January 6 attack on the Capitol after Republicans blocked the formation of an independent commission.
Press Conference Transcript 
Video Recording (NYT)


Senate report reveals new details about security failures ahead of January 6 attack. 
Press Release Text
Report PDF


Senate Republicans Block Independent Commission on Jan. 6 Riot.

Hearing Video Recording 
Vote Counts:
YEAs 54
NAYs 35
Not Voting 11

Detailed vote counts


H.R. 3233 "To establish a National Commission the January 6 Attach on the United States Capitol Complex, and for other purposes.”
H.R. 3233 PDF
The Bill is passed

Yea 252
Nay 175

5.19.2021 3pm The Committee on House Administration
“Oversight of the January 6th Attack: Reforming the Capitol Police”
Video Recording 
5.18.2021 McCarthy says he won't back bipartisan deal to form January 6 commission.
McCarthy Statement Text

The Committee on House Administration
Oversight Of The January 6th Attack: Review Of The Architect Of The Capitol’s Emergency Preparedness

Hearing Video Recording 

Mr. Christopher P. Failla 
Inspector General, Architect of the Capitol
Failla Statement PDF


The Committee on Oversight and Reform
The Capitol Insurrection: Unexplained Delays and Unanswered Questions

Hearing Video Recording

Christopher C. Miller
Former Acting Secretary
Department of Defense
Miller Statement PDF
Jeffrey A. Rosen 
Former Acting Attorney General
Department of Justice
Rosen Statement PDF

Mr. Robert J. Contee III
Metropolitan Police Department
Contee Statement PDF

4.16.2021 Lofgren Statement on 100 Days Since January 6. Press Release

Committee on House Administration
Oversight Of The United States Capitol Police And Preparations For And Response To The Attack Of January 6th.
Testimony of Mr. Michael A. Bolton, Inspector General, United States Capitol Police.

Hearing Video Recording

United States Capitol Police Inspector General Summary and Recommendations Report 1 PDF
United States Capitol Police Inspector General Summary and Recommendations Report 2 PDF

Notice of Hearing PDF


Prepared statement of Inspector General Michael A Bolton of the United States Capitol Police for Committee on House Administration April 15, 2021.
Statment PDF 


Seven House committees launched a sweeping investigation into the federal government's handling of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. In letters to 16 agencies across the Executive Branch and Congress, the committees demanded all relevant documents and messages from Dec. 1, 2020, to Jan. 20, 2021.
Letter text PDF


Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and Senate Rules and Administration joint hearing to examine the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol.
Statement by United States Capitol Police Captain Carneysha C. Mendoza PDF
Hearing Video Recording


  • Jill Sanborn

    Assistant Director, Counterterrorism Division
    Federal Bureau of Investigation
    U.S. Department of Justice
    Sanborn statement PDF

  • Robert G. Salesses

    Senior Official Performing the Duties of the Assistant Secretary for Homeland Defense and Global Security
    U.S. Department of Defense
    Salesses statement PDF

  • Major General  William J. Walker, USA

    Commanding General
    District of Columbia National Guard
    Walker statement PDF


Committee on the Judiciary 
Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation: the January 6 Insurrection, Domestic Terrorism, and Other Threats
Christopher A. Wray
Federal Bureau of Investigation
Wray statement PDF
Video Recording

Statement by U.S. Senator Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) (Download PDF)


U.S. Capitol Police and House Sergeant at Arms, Security Failures on January 6
The House Appropriation Committee: Subcommittee on Legislative Branch
Video Recording 


Yogananda Pittman 
Acting Chief of Police, 
Chief Pittman Bio [PDF]
Chief Pittman Statement [PDF]

Timothy Blodgett
 Acting Sergeant at Arms, 
Tim Blodgett Bio [PDF]
Tim Blodgett Testimony [PDF]


Examining the January 6th Attack on the U.S. Capitol, Part I
The Committee on Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs and the Committee on Rules and Administration 

Capitol security officials testimony. 

Video Recording 

Member Statements
Chairman  Gary C. Peters D (MI)
Download Statement (140.6 KB)

Ranking Member  Rob Portman R (OH)
Download Statement (114 KB

Witnesses written testimonies