No charges for police officer who shot Ashli Babbitt at Capitol riot – National

A police officer will not face charges for fatally shooting Ashli Babbitt during the U.S. Capitol attack on Jan. 6, Justice Department officials said Wednesday. Federal prosecutors said there was not enough evidence to support criminal prosecution against the officer, who has not been publicly identified. “The investigation revealed no evidence to establish that, […]

Fencing around U.S. Capitol to be scaled back as security threat diminishes – National

Amid strong bipartisan pushback, security officials say they will soon scale back fencing that has circled the U.S. Capitol and cut off the entire area to pedestrian and vehicular traffic since a mob attacked the building on Jan. 6. Timothy Blodgett, the acting House sergeant-at-arms, said Monday in a memo to members of Congress […]

Trump aide who stormed U.S. Capitol broke ‘oath to protect America,’ judge says – National

A man appointed to the U.S. State Department during the Trump administration will remain in jail while he awaits trial on charges that he took part in the deadly storming of the U.S. Capitol and assaulted police officers, a judge said on Tuesday. U.S. Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui in Washington said during a court […]

‘QAnon shaman’ to remain in jail after ‘insulting’ court defence – National

The so-called “QAnon Shaman” who wore furs and warpaint to the U.S. Capitol riot will not be released from jail before his trial after a U.S. federal judge deemed him too dangerous and delusional for release. Jacob Chansley is slated to remain behind bars until his trial for six charges related to the Jan. […]

Chaos of U.S. Capitol riot that left 5 people dead revealed – National

Two firefighters loaned to Washington for the day were the only medics on the Capitol steps Jan. 6, trying to triage injured officers as they watched the angry mob swell and attack police working to protect Congress. Law enforcement agents were “being pulled into the crowd and trampled, assaulted with scaffolding materials, and/or bear […]

Why QAnon believers hoped March 4 would bring a Trump comeback – National

The U.S. Capitol was locked up tightly on Thursday morning amid reports of a potential threat linked to QAnon, the conspiracy theory that continues to imagine a dramatic comeback for former U.S. president Donald Trump. House lawmakers cancelled their sessions for the day and security officials tightened up their perimeter due to a “possible […]

What we’ve learned as U.S. lawmakers probe failures that led to the Capitol riot – National

Many questions remain unanswered about the failure to prevent the Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol. But after six congressional hearings, it’s clear that the Capitol Police were unprepared and overwhelmed as hundreds of Donald Trump’s supporters laid siege to the building. It’s also clear that no one wants to take responsibility for […]

U.S. House cancels Thursday session after police uncover possible plot against Capitol – National

The U.S. House of Representatives canceled its planned Thursday session after the Capitol Police warned on Wednesday of a possible plot by a militia group to breach the building, an threat that echoed the deadly Jan. 6 attack. The House had been scheduled to debate and vote on a police reform bill on Thursday. […]

‘Trump made me do it’ defence for U.S. Capitol rioters a long shot, legal experts say – National

The “Trump-made-me-do-it” defence is already looking like a longshot. Facing damning evidence in the deadly Capitol siege last month — including social media posts flaunting their actions — rioters are arguing in court they were following then-President Donald Trump’s instructions on Jan. 6. But the legal strategy has already been shot down by at […]

U.S. Capitol Police were warned of violence ahead of riot, chief says – National

Capitol Police knew armed extremists were primed for violence at the iconic building on Jan. 6 and even provided officers with assault rifles to protect lawmakers, the acting chief acknowledged Wednesday. But the wild invasion of the Capitol was far worse than police expected, leaving them unprepared to fight it off. A day earlier, her predecessor as chief testified that police expected […]