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Biden to blame Trump for ‘chaos and carnage’ of insurrection

Joanna Walters

At the White House media briefing today, press secretary Jen Psaki flagged that when Joe Biden makes remarks at the US Capitol tomorrow morning to mark the anniversary of the January 6 insurrection by extremist supporters of Donald Trump, he will make a strong statement.

She said Biden “is going to speak to the truth of what happened, not the lies that some have spread since, and the peril it posed to the rule of law and our system of democratic governance.”

She went on to say that the current US president will also talk of the work still needed to strengthen American democracy “to reject the hate and lies we saw on January 6 and to unite our country.”

Psaki said: “President Biden has been clear-eyed about the threat the former president represents to our democracy and how the former president constantly works to undermine basic American values and the rule of law. And President Biden has of course spoken repeatedly about how the former president abused his office, undermined the constitution and ignored his oath to the American people in an effort to amass more power for himself. and his allies.”

Biden, the White House continued, “sees January 6 as the tragic culmination of what those four years under President Trump did to our country and they reflected the importance to the president of winning … the battle for the soul of our nation.”

“I would expect that President Biden will lay out the significance of what happened at the Capitol and the singular responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage that we saw,” Psaki said.

“And he will forcibly push back on the lies spread by the former president in an attempt to mislead the American people and his own supporters,” she added.

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In a preview of Pres. Biden’s January 6 anniversary speech, the White House said he will lay out the ‘singular responsibility’ Trump had for the ‘chaos and carnage’ that day pic.twitter.com/aW9Eid5bsj

January 5, 2022

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Today so far

  • Joe Biden plans to use his remarks tomorrow, the anniversary of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, to speak of “the singular responsibility of President Trump for the chaos and carnage that we saw”.
  • Attorney general Merrick Garland provided an update on the justice department’s investigation into the 6 January attack, saying that though the department has filed charges against 725 defendants in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia, “The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last”. “The justice department remains committed to holding all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy,” he said.

Updated

One year later, the FBI still has not arrested the person caught on video planting pipe bombs outside the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee ahead of the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.

Grainy surveillance video shows a hooded figure placing the bombs at about 7.30pm on 5 January 2021, ABC reports. Investigators later found the devices amid the chaos of the 6 January attack, and at first believed they were merely a diversion tactic.

That theory has since been shot down.

“This person laid or planted two viable explosive devices in a residential and commercial area that could have done people harm,” Steven D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington field office, told ABC. “We want to catch this person before they do someone else harm.”

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It was a quiet week already for the Senate, with Monday’s snow keeping everyone out of session for Monday and Tuesday (and Tim Kaine stuck in traffic for 27 hours, lest we forget).

Now it appears to be staying that way:

Manu Raju
(@mkraju)

No more roll call votes this week in Senate. The lone two votes of the week came today, with more than a dozen who skipped votes. Monday and Tuesday votes were scrapped because of weather. Thursday, GOP sens heading to Sen. Isakson services.

And Senate rarely votes on Fridays

January 5, 2022

While attorney general Merrick Garland and his speech today will not have assuaged any critics who are calling for the justice department to act more swiftly and judiciously with their investigation into the 6 January attack on the US Capitol, the reaction to his remarks has mostly been positive:

Ian Millhiser
(@imillhiser)

So, I wish Merrick Garland were telling us more in this speech too.

But given what happened to this country after James Comey violated the Justice Department’s rules against running your mouth like a fool, I’m glad Garland is erring on the side of caution.

January 5, 2022

At one point, Garland began talking about the debunked claims of widespread voter fraud – claims he pointed out were debunked by officials in both administrations – and how these claims are now being used to restrict the rights of voters.

Adele M. Stan
(@AddieStan)

I hadn’t anticipated this pivot to voting rights. This is good—ties it all together with the insurrection. #MerrickGarland

January 5, 2022

Laura Rozen
(@lrozen)

powerful speech

January 5, 2022

Jeff Zeleny
(@jeffzeleny)

Merrick Garland draws upon a lifetime of experience in some of the nation’s most important criminal cases, from the Oklahoma City bombing to the Capitol attack, as he explains justice does not move at the pace of Twitter. He asks for patience, indulgence so DOJ can do its job.

January 5, 2022

Dr. Jason Johnson
(@DrJasonJohnson)

Merrick Garland’s says the #January6 investigation will continue “As Long As It Takes”

Might he also consider that “Justice Delayed is Justice Denied”

There are BLM activists who’ve faced swifter Justice than people who tried to overthrow America

January 5, 2022

Susan Glasser
(@sbg1)

AG Merrick Garland announces more than 725 perpetrators so far arrested in Capitol 1/6 attack; 325 plus with felonies.

Insists all perpetrators ‘at any level’ will be held accountable.

Not yet arrested, however: anyone who incited the attack.

January 5, 2022

Updated

Attorney general Merrick Garland quietly acknowledged the frustration with the speed and scope of the justice department’s investigation, making a point to describe how investigators must build a foundation first with the easy cases to get to the big cases.

Lauren Gambino
(@laurenegambino)

Garland is pushing back against criticism that they DOJ hasn’t acted swiftly, publicly or intensely enough. He said they are resolving the more “straightforward” and “overt” cases first because that evidence can serve as the “foundation” for further and more complex leads

January 5, 2022

“To ensure that all those criminally responsible are held accountable, we must collect the evidence,” he said. “We follow the physical evidence, we follow the digital evidence, we follow the money. But most importantly, we follow the facts. Not an agenda, not an assumption, the facts tell us where to go.”

Updated

Attorney general Merrick Garland said thus far, the justice department has filed charges against 725 defendants “in nearly all 50 states and the District of Columbia” in connection to the 6 January attack.

Of those defendants, 325 were charged with felonies – 20 have already pleaded guilty.

Garland noted that investigators have “issued 5,000 subpoenas, seized 2,000 devices, pored through 20,000 hours of video footage and searched through 15 terabytes of data”.

“The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last,” he said. “The justice department remains committed to holding all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy.”

Attorney general Merrick Garland has taken the podium to reaffirm that the justice department’s commitment to defending the American democracy. He alluded to a major point in the Biden administration’s agenda: voter rights protections.

“We will protect the cornerstone of our democracy: the right to every eligible citizen to cast a vote that counts,” he said.

Tomorrow, Joe Biden will address the nation on the anniversary of one the worst days in the country’s history, the 6 January attack on the US Capitol.

Now it appears far-right representatives Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene will be providing a response.

Nicholas Wu
(@nicholaswu12)

In the inbox – TOMORROW: Reps. Matt Gaetz and Marjorie Taylor Greene to Hold Republican Response on January 6th

January 5, 2022

As a reminder, many have voiced unhappiness with the justice department and how attorney general Merrick Garland has been handling the investigation into the 6 January attack on the US Capitol – the main criticism being that the justice department has not taken enough action, gotten to the origins of the organizing behind the attack or made any mention about Donald Trump’s role in the whole event.

Aaron Rupar
(@atrupar)

.@RepRubenGallego on CNN: “I think Merrick Garland has been extremely weak, and I think a lot more of the organizers of January 6 should be arrested by now.” pic.twitter.com/7UDcCM5y4l

January 5, 2022

In a moment, attorney general Merrick Garland will provide remarks on the justice department’s investigation into the 6 January attack on the US Capitol. Watch live here.

Updated

Joanna Walters

In previewing some of what Joe Biden will say tomorrow when he makes remarks at the US Capitol on the insurrection there last January 6 by Donald Trump supporters, it’s interesting to note that press sec Jen Psaki flagged the word “carnage”, for which the sitting US president will blame his predecessor.



Joe Biden in Delaware last year.

Joe Biden in Delaware last year. Photograph: Jim Watson/AFP/Getty Images

Of course Trump memorably referred to “American carnage” to paint a dystopian picture of the land in his first speech as president, at his inauguration on January 20, 2017.

As the Guardian’s Ed Pilkington noted on the day, Trump: “coined the sinister phrase “American carnage” to vividly conjure an image of inner cities he said were afflicted by crime, a political elite that had forgotten ordinary people, and a landscape of rusted factories like tombstones.

Ed continued:


And with Hillary Clinton watching only a few painful feet away, Trump left no one in any doubt that he intends to unleash what he called a new vision of “America first” on the world, delivering a brutal and unrepentant speech that made little attempt to soothe the world or begin the healing of an agitated and anxious nation.

Trump delivered a 16-minute inaugural speech that more closely resembled his thunderous addresses from the campaign trail than the oratorical heights of his predecessors, berating the Washington elites of both parties for ignoring the American people and allowing inner cities to fester in “crime and gangs and drugs.

The American carnage stops right here, right now. From this day forward, a new vision will govern our land. From this day forward, it’s going to be only America first. America first.”

It hardly seems accidental that Psaki used the word today and appeared to indicate that Biden is likely to use it tomorrow to assert that rather than living up to his promise during his campaign that “I alone can fix it”, Trump unleashed chaos and finally carnage on American governance.

Speaking earlier at the White House, Psaki also noted, in her preview of Biden’s planned speech tomorrow on Jan 6, that as well as castigating Donald Trump, the president will “of course speak to the moment, to the importance in history of the peaceful transfer of power, of what we need to do to protect our own democracy and be forward looking, but he will also reflect on the role his predecessor had” in inciting the insurrection by his supporters at the US Capitol last year, in a vain attempt to prevent the official certification by congress of Biden’s victory over Trump in the 2020 presidential election.

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Biden to blame Trump for ‘chaos and carnage’ of insurrection

Joanna Walters

At the White House media briefing today, press secretary Jen Psaki flagged that when Joe Biden makes remarks at the US Capitol tomorrow morning to mark the anniversary of the January 6 insurrection by extremist supporters of Donald Trump, he will make a strong statement.

She said Biden “is going to speak to the truth of what happened, not the lies that some have spread since, and the peril it posed to the rule of law and our system of democratic governance.”

She went on to say that the current US president will also talk of the work still needed to strengthen American democracy “to reject the hate and lies we saw on January 6 and to unite our country.”

Psaki said: “President Biden has been clear-eyed about the threat the former president represents to our democracy and how the former president constantly works to undermine basic American values and the rule of law. And President Biden has of course spoken repeatedly about how the former president abused his office, undermined the constitution and ignored his oath to the American people in an effort to amass more power for himself. and his allies.”

Biden, the White House continued, “sees January 6 as the tragic culmination of what those four years under President Trump did to our country and they reflected the importance to the president of winning … the battle for the soul of our nation.”

“I would expect that President Biden will lay out the significance of what happened at the Capitol and the singular responsibility President Trump has for the chaos and carnage that we saw,” Psaki said.

“And he will forcibly push back on the lies spread by the former president in an attempt to mislead the American people and his own supporters,” she added.

NowThis
(@nowthisnews)

In a preview of Pres. Biden’s January 6 anniversary speech, the White House said he will lay out the ‘singular responsibility’ Trump had for the ‘chaos and carnage’ that day pic.twitter.com/aW9Eid5bsj

January 5, 2022

Updated

Source:
Biden to blame Trump for ‘chaos and carnage’ of 6 January attack – live – The Guardian