[WATCH] More Than 500 Arrests Have Been Made In Connection With January 6th Riots
On the somber six-month anniversary of the January 6th attack on the Capitol, many are still coping with the events of that day while trying to understand just how it all happened. With the formation of the new Special Select Committee, which is gearing up to subpoena witnesses, plenty of Republicans were hard at work trying to gloss over how the masses, encouraged by Trump, overwhelmed all security checkpoints and breached the Capitol while Congress was in session certifying the Electoral College votes.
And while some Democratic lawmakers were sharing their own experiences along with other Twitter users, a silver lining emerged: more than 500 of those who participated in the insurrection have been charged with various crimes in connection with their actions.
The first waves of arrests in the deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol focused on the so-called “easy targets”. Dozens in the pro-Trump mob openly bragged about their actions on Jan. 6 on social media and were captured in shocking footage broadcast live by national news outlets. But even as the first of more than 500 people already arrested have pleaded guilty, there is still plenty of grueling work still ahead for authorities in the face of an increasing effort by some Republican lawmakers to rewrite what happened that day.
The FBI is also still searching for scores of rioters who have been able to elude arrest, but confidence is high that social media posts and cell phone records will still be the most vital source to hunt them down.
Six months ago Trump tried to overthrow the government by stopping the electoral college certification by killing Pence & Pelosi. And not one GOP Congress member/collaborator has been arrested. I’m not moving on. #NeverForgetJanuary6th
— Regina Marston for Congress CA District 42 in 2022 (@Marston4ca42) July 6, 2021
MSNBC devoted the bulk of their coverage to the anniversary of the January 6th riots. Check out the conversation regarding the arrests and the challenges the FBI still faces, below.