Some of the wreckage at the Capitol after the violent riot on Jan. 6 was captured in newly released photos
from a Democratic
“I took these exactly six months ago - the morning after the insurgency,” Ohio
Sen. Sherrod Brown tweeted Wednesday, noting it was the first time he was sharing the footage.
This is the first time I'm sharing photos from January 6
, 2021. I took these exactly six months ago - the morning after the insurgency - and this is what I saw in the Capitol. pic.twitter.com/1atviIbBwa — Sherrod Brown (@SenSherrodBrown) July 7, 2021
On January 6, an armed mob of hundreds of Trump supporters
stormed the Capitol, where lawmakers were about to certify the results of the U.S. presidential election
, which President Joe Biden
had won; five people
were killed in the riots, including a Capitol Police
During a committee hearing on the insurgency in May, Republican Rep. Andrew Clyde
(Ga.) attempted to characterize the events as "normal tourist visits."
Speaker Nancy Pelosi
described January 6 as “one of the darkest days in our country’s history
Meanwhile, Senate Republicans
obstructed the formation of a bipartisan commission
to investigate the attack
, prompting the majority Democratic House to establish a select committee
to investigate “the facts
, circumstances, and causes relating to the domestic terrorist attack on the Capitol.”
Several lawmakers have spoken out publicly about the attack's violence and trauma.
Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.), who served in the United States
Army, recalled being in the House gallery on Jan. 6 and receiving notifications that the Capitol had been overrun and that “rioters were everywhere.” Crow said he never imagined he'd be back in a situation where he was “fearful for my life,” as he had been in the Army.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez
(D-NY) recalled the “extremely traumatizing” events of Jan. 6, and how she thought she was “going to die” that day.
“We cannot move forward without accountability,” the lawmaker said earlier this year, adding, “We cannot heal without accountability.”