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On Jan. 6 anniversary, Biden calls out Trump for ‘web of lies’ about 2020 election

President Biden on Thursday decried the violent mob of Trump supporters who breached the Capitol a year ago, saying that “democracy was attacked” and urging Americans to ensure such an attack “never, never happens again.” Biden took direct aim at former president Donald Trump, who he said could not accept his loss and created and spread a web of lies about the 2020 election.”

In a searing speech — and his most direct challenge to Trump — Biden vowed to defend American democracy and said Jan. 6 represents not its end but rather a rebirth of “liberty and fair play.”

“I did not seek this fight brought to this Capitol one year ago today, but I will not shrink from it, either. I will stand in this breach. I will defend this nation and allow no one to place a dagger at the throat of democracy,” Biden said.

Democratic House leaders planned a full day of commemorative activities, including testimonials from lawmakers, commentary from historians and a prayer vigil. Senate and House Democrats delivered floor speeches about the day, recalling their fear of the invading mob. Both chambers held moments of silence. Nearly all Republicans were absent from the Capitol and did not participate in the events.

Here’s what to know:

  • Federal judges in D.C. have gone below the government recommendation in 49 out of 74 sentencings held for Capitol riot defendants one year after the attack, about two-thirds of the cases.
  • Trump had planned to hold a news conference to mark the first anniversary of the Capitol attack but announced this week that he was canceling it.
  • Senior Biden administration officials have concluded that the government’s Jan. 6 preparations were hampered by a lack of high-level information-sharing and a failure to anticipate how bad the day could be.


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