National Security Archive Timeline Pieces Together Events of January 6, 2021
Highlights Ongoing, Unresolved Discrepancies Between Official Testimony,
Media Reporting, and Pentagon's Sparse Timeline
Washington, D.C., January 6, 2022 - The National Security Archive marks the one-year anniversary of the assault on the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021, with a meticulously researched timeline of the day's events. The chronology, which will serve as an important tool for investigators, researchers, and the public, is divided into three main parts:
Events that took place at the Capitol that we know about thanks to stellar reporting from organizations like ProPublica, The New York Times, the AP, The Washington Post, NPR,Politico, and Newsweek, as well as information provided by a host of both local and federal officials in Congressional testimony;
Activity at the White House, drawn primarily from former President Trump's official statements on Twitter;
The Department of Defense's official timeline that was published on January 8, 2021.
The chronology below, taken together with our three previous sourcebooks, provides a high level of detail about the attempted coup while at the same time underscoring just how much about federal or local government decisions and actions remains unknown to the public. Each entry includes a source, with hyperlink, and a Who's Who of key figures is also provided. The Archive will update the timeline as important new information surfaces.
January 6, 2021, Riot Timeline
Keys to the Timeline
Minute-by-minute reporting of the Capitol attack comes primarily from open sources (much of it video footage and images captured by smartphones) obtained during investigations by major news outlets.
Rioters breached the Capitol Building from both the East and the West side of the building.
Events from the west side of the Capitol are color-coded green;
The east side breach is color-coded blue.
Who's Who (as of January 6, 2021)
Steve Bannon - Former Chief Strategist, White House
William Barr - Attorney General, Department of Justice (February 14, 2019 – December 23, 2020)
Muriel Bowser - Mayor, District of Columbia
Patrick Byrne - Businessman, former CEO of Overstock
Pat Cipollone - Counsel, White House
Jeffrey Clark - Acting Assistant Attorney General for the Civil Division, Department of Justice
Robert J Contee III - Chief, Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC)
Kevin Donahue - City Administrator, District of Columbia
Richard Donoghue - Acting Deputy Attorney General, Department of Justice
Michael Flynn - Former National Security Advisor, Executive Office of the President
Rudy Giuliani - President Trump's Personal Lawyer
Robert Glover - Commander, Special Operations Division, Metropolitan Police Department (MPDC)
Donnell Harvin - Chief, Homeland Security and Intelligence, HSEMA
Paul Irving - House Sergeant at Arms
Ryan McCarthy - Secretary of the Army (SECARMY)
Mark Meadows - Chief of Staff, White House
Molly Michael - President Trump's Executive Assistant
Chris Miller - Acting Secretary of Defense (A/SD)
Mark Milley - Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS)
Peter Navarro - Director, Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy
Rick Perry - Former Secretary, Department of Energy
Yogananda Pittman - Chief, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP), Sund's successor
Sidney Powell - Attorney, Donald Trump Legal Team
Dr. Christopher Rodriguez - Director, D.C. Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency (HSEMA)
Jeffrey Rosen - Acting Attorney General, Department of Justice (December 24, 2020 – January 20, 2021)
Michael Stenger - Senate Sergeant at Arms
Steven Sund - Chief, U.S. Capitol Police (USCP)
Virginia "Ginni" Thomas - Attorney, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
General William Walker - Commander, D.C. National Guard (DCNG)
The FBI reports on the growing threat posed by white supremacists infiltrating all levels of law enforcement, and notes that one of the major worries about such infiltration is compromised intelligence. Source: House Oversight Committee.
The Department of Homeland Security disbands a component of analysts under the Office of Intelligence and Analysis who focus on domestic terrorism. Source: The Daily Beast.
Early August 2020
Speaker Nancy Pelosi sends a letter to House Democrats anticipating a tie in the Electoral College requiring state delegations to vote, writing that, "The Constitution says that a candidate must receive a majority of the state delegations to win.” She continues, “We must achieve that majority of delegations or keep the Republicans from doing so.” Source: Politico.
At a campaign rally outside of Harrisburg, PA., President Donald Trump makes his comments on the congressional electoral process, stating in reference to the upcoming election: "And I don't want to end up in the Supreme Court and I don't want to go back to Congress either, even though we have an advantage if we go back to Congress — does everyone understand that?” He continues, "I think it’s 26 to 22 or something because it’s counted one vote per state, so we actually have an advantage. Oh, they're going to be thrilled to hear that.” Source: Politico.
The DHS’s first Homeland Threat Assessment states that white supremacists are America’s biggest threat. Earlier drafts included harsher language, and explicitly singled out white supremacists, while later drafts avoided this and grouped white supremacists within the larger framework of "domestic violent extremists" (DVE). The final draft states “Among DVEs, racially and ethnically motivated violent extremists—specifically white supremacist extremists (WSEs)—will remain the most persistent and lethal threat in the Homeland.” Source: Department of Homeland Security.
Conservative talk show host Sean Hannity texts with Mark Meadows promising an on-air campaign push for the President. (Source: Washington Post)
Peter Navarro phone call with Steve Bannon, during which Bannon says: "They stole it!" (Source: Navarro, In Trump Time)
Former Energy Secretary Rick Perry and Donald Trump Jr. text Mark Meadows on overturning the election. (Source: CNN)
Virginia Thomas, wife of Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, texts Mark Meadows: “Biden crime family & ballot fraud co-conspirators (elected officials, bureaucrats, social media censorship mongers, fake stream media reporters, etc) are being arrested & detained for ballot fraud right now & over coming days, & will be living in barges off GITMO to face military tribunals for sedition.” (Source: The Washington Post)
Navarro speaks with Kevin Hassett, former senior advisor to the President, about cases of election fraud that would later be proved to unsubstantiated. (Source: Navarro, In Trump Time)
Rep. Biggs (R-Ariz.) texts a plan to Meadows to reverse election results in favor of Trump. (Source: CNN)
Three days after the November 3rd, 2020, presidential election, the AP announces Joe Biden as the winner. Votes are subsequently recounted in Georgia, and on November 19, 2020, following the recount, Joe Biden is affirmed as the winner of the election. Source: The Associated Press (11/7/20).
Perry texts Meadows: "We have the data driven program that can clearly show where the fraud was committed. This is the silver bullet.” (Source: CNN)
David Bossie, former advisor to President Trump, is unable to attend a Oval Office meeting on strategy to overturn the election after testing positive for Covid19. (Source: Navarro, In Trump Time)
Oval Office meeting occurs where advisors encourage Trump to announce a run for Presidency in 2024. Navarro interjects that the annoucement would be an admission of defeat. (Source: Navarro, In Trump Time)
President Trump fires U.S. Defense Secretary Mark Esper and appoints Christopher Miller. (Source: The Guardian)
VP Pence tweets: "Told @VP Team Today, “it ain't over til it’s over.. and this AIN'T over!” President
@realDonaldTrump has never stopped fighting for us and we're gonna Keep Fighting until every LEGAL vote is counted!" (Source: Twitter)
Evening meeting between CJCS Milley and Secretary of State Pompeo during which Milley confides that he believes Trump is in mental decline. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
Virginia Thomas texts Meadows, "Help This Great President stand firm, Mark!!!...You are the leader, with him, who is standing for America’s constitutional governance at the precipice. The majority knows Biden and the Left is attempting the greatest Heist of our History.” (Source: The Washington Post)
Call between CIA Director Gina Haspel and CJCS Milley regarding transition and Trump's response to the election. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril).
The members of Election Infrastructure Government Coordinating Council (GCC) Executive Committee state that the November 3rd election was the most secure in the nation's history. (Source: CISA)
Private meeting between the President and Navarro. Navarro later hears that following the meeting the President called his campaign for further strategy, ousting Justin Clark and Bill Stepien and placing Rudy Giuliani's team in charge. (Source: Navarro, In Trump Time)
Thousands of President Trump supporters rally in Washington, D.C., asserting that the election results are fraudulent. Violent clashes ensue between protesters, counter-protesters, and police. Source: NPR.
AG Barr and FBI Director Wray meet with computer experts at the FBI and DHS in two meetings on the operations of voting machines and the plausibility of voter-fraud accusations. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
President Trump fires CISA director Kebbs stating that the November 12, 2020, statement was inaccurate. (Source: Twitter)
Meeting between Barr and Trump on election fraud. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
Meadows texts Virginia Thomas in reference to the effort to overturn the election results: "This is a fight of good versus evil. “Evil always looks like the victor until the King of Kings triumphs. Do not grow weary in well doing. The fight continues. I have staked my career on it. Well at least my time in DC on it.” Thomas responded, “Thank you!! Needed that! This plus a conversation with my best friend just now… I will try to keep holding on. America is worth it!” In total, Meadows and Thomas exchanged 29 messages. (Source: The Washington Post)
Navarro phone call with Barr, during which Barr rejects Justice Department involvement. (Source: Navarro, In Trump Time)
Michael Flynn retweets calling for the "President to Invoke Limited Martial Law to Hold New Election." (Source: Newsweek, Snopes)
#StopTheSteal emerges - Although the phrase is not unique to the 2020 election, an investigation found that on Twitter, far-right social media personality Jack Posobiec posted a now-deleted tweet, “#StopTheSteal 2020 is coming…”, on December 7, 2020. That same day far-right extremist Ali Alexander also announces he will build a website and database later to be used to mobilize Trump supporters. Source: Just Security On Facebook, Vice News reports a "Stop the Steal" group publishing disinformation regarding the 2020 election is quickly amassing hundreds of thousands of followers. Source: Vice News
The Congressional Research Service publishes, “Counting Electoral Votes: An Overview of Procedures at the Joint Session, Including Objections by Members of Congress". Source: Federation of American Scientists
Barr resigns. (Source: ABC News) Following Barr's resignation, Trump initiated contact with Deputy Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen and emailed two documents to Rosen on voter fraud in Antrim County, Michigan, and a report on Dominion Voting Systems. (Source: Senate Judiciary)
Oval Office meeting including Rosen and Donoghue where Trump tried to involve the DOJ in disputing the election. (Source: Senate Judiciary)
Giuliani and Cipollone meet, during which the White House Counsel Office states the plan of alternate electors is not legally sound. (Source: Meadows vs. Pelosi, Exhibit G)
DHS Office of Intelligence and Analysis receives open source information from social media companies describing violent threats to Congress on January 6. (Source: GAO)
Never-issued executive order, "Remarks on National Healing", would have directed the SecDef to sieze voting machines. (Source: Politico)
Navarro releases his report titled "The Immaculate Deception" falsely alleging election irregularities. Trump requests to Molly Michael, his executive assistant, that every member of the House and Senate receive a copy. (Source: Navarro, In Trump Time)
Sen. Tuberville (R-AL) says while campaigning in Georgia runoff races that senators should object to ratifying the election results on January 6. (Soure: CNN)
Sidney Powell, Michael Flynn, fo Emily Newman, and Patrick Byrne meet with Trump in Oval Office in a multi-hour meeting during which Powell urges Trump to seize voting machines and appoint her as special counsel to investigate the election. Three days later, Giuliani would distance himself and the President from Powell. (Source: Axios)
The FBI receives a tip on the afternoon of December 20, 2020, alerting the agency that Trump's supporters are discussing how to illegally bring firearms to Washington, D.C., "overrun police" and "arrest" members of Congress, as later reported by the Washington Post. Source: The Washington Post.
Following violent protests earlier in the month, D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee briefs Mayor Muriel Bowser on the potential for violent protests on January 6 and the Department begins developing a security plan. Source: The Washington Post.
A group of congressional republicans meet with Trump in the White House to discuss January 6th strategy. (Source: Politico)
U.S. Postal Inspection Service threat assessment predicts "high potential" for civil unrest on January 6. (Source: GAO)
U.S. Capitol Police intelligence assessment notes calls online for "armed patriots" to assemble in D.C. on January 6. (Source: GAO)
Trump speaks with Rosen regarding election fraud. Around this time, on either December 23rd or 24th, Jeffery Clark met with President Trump in the Oval Office regarding the election. (Source: Senate Judiciary)
One unnamed federal agency receives information from a social media platform that included a threat to "kill politicians" and "coordinate armed forces" on January 6. (Source: GAO)
Trump speaks with Rosen again regarding election fraud.
Congressman Perry (R-PA) contacts Donoghue, pressuring the DOJ to "do its job" regarding the election, and stated that President Trump asked him to call. (Source: Senate Judiciary)
Trump calls Rosen twice, Donoghue joined the second call, during Trump went on in length about election fraud. Rosen at one point told the President the DOJ "can't and won't just flip a switch and change the election." (Source: Senate Judiciary)
U.S. Park Police develop an executive brief that describes the "Stop the Steal" protest as similar to MAGA I and MAGA II demonstrations and that individuals will likely arm themselves with weapons. (Source: GAO)
Trump speaks to Donoghue on a short call following up from the day prior. That same day, Clark urged Rosen and Donoghue to intervene in Georgia's appointment of electors. Clark's proposal was rejected. (Source: Senate Judiciary)
US Capitol Police information paper states that "domestic extremists and violent opportunists may attach themselves to otherwise peaceful demonstrations in order to commit acts of violence, destroy property, or sow civil unrest" on January 6. (Source: GAO)
Trump urges the DOJ to file a supreme court action disputing the election results in Pennsylvania, Georgia, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arizona, and Nevada. (Source: Senate Judiciary)
A "First Amendment Coordination Call" takes place between all agencies expected to interact with planned protesters. (Source: Congressional Testimony)
The FBI, DHS, and National Counterterrorism Center issue a joint "Intelligence In Depth" report titled "Diverse DVE Landscape Probably Will Persist." No mention is made of Donald Trump, election disinformation, or the impact of the Covid-19 pandemic. (Source: Newsweek).
Sen Hawley (R-MO) says he will object to the electoral college certification in Pennslyvania. (Source: NPR)
Trump and Steve Bannon speak by phone, during which Bannon tells the President to "focus on January 6." (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
MPD estimates there will be 23 protest groups and 25,550 protestors, and shares this information with the DCNG. The DHS estimates there will be 21 protest groups and 2,000 protestors, and shares this information with the Army Operations Center. (Source: DOD OIG)
One week ahead of January 6, plans for security increase in both DC and on the Capitol Hill. Representative Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) speaks with Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund regarding protests planned for 1/6 Source: Washington Post . Meanwhile, Proud Boys chairman Ethan Nordean,also known as Rufio Panman, posts on social media that the group will turn out in "record numbers" on January 6 and that they will not be wearing their trademark colors of black and yellow. Source: DOJ.
Oval Office meeting between President Trump, Rosen, and Donoghue, with Meadows, Cipollone, and Pat Philbin, pressuring DOJ involvement in overturning the election. (Source: Senate Judiciary)
"Mayor Muriel Bowser and Dr. Christopher Rodriguez, D.C. Director of Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, deliver a written request for D.C. National Guard (DCNG) support to D.C. Metro Police Department (MPD) and Fire and Emergency Service." Source: Pentagon.
MPD shares with DCNG an assessment that includes states the planned protests will be spontaneous and include the possibility of more aggression. (Source: DOD OIG)
U.S. Secret Service develop a brief predicting clashes between opposing groups of protestors on January 6. (Source: GAO)
A "Public Gathering Permit" on the Ellipse to Women For America First is granted for Wednesday, January 6, 2021, with 5,000 as an anticipated number of participants, according to a timeline published by the House Homeland Security Committee. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Walker forwards the D.C. request for assistance to SecArmy McCarthy. Acting Secretary of Defense Miller learns about the written request for DC National Guard on this day as well. (Source: DOD OIG)
Commander of the D.C. National Guard, General William Walker, sends a letter to Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy requesting approval for the Mayor Bowser's request to the Army for DCNG assistance to the MPDC on January 6. This is omitted from the Pentagon timeline. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Immediately following a scheduled leadership transition at the DC Metropolitan Police, Mayor Bowser has a briefing with new acting Police Chief Contee regarding January 6 Source: The Washington Post. Contee also speaks with Chief of Capitol Police Steven Sund. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Meeting between Meadows, Giuliani, and Giuliani's legal team to brief Senator Graham (R-SC) on voter fraud. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril) That same day, Trump speaks to Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger pressuring him to change the state totals from the election. (Source: The Washington Post)
"The Acting Secretary of Defense (A/SD) confers with the Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff (CJCS) and the Secretary of the Army (SECARMY) on the Mayor’s written request." (Source: Pentagon Timeline). Acting SecDef Miller's staff coordinates with the FBI, DHS, and USMS on concerns for January 5th or 6th; FBI had none, DHS did not track any threats to federal facilities, and USMS was not responding to the protests. (Source: DOD OIG)
DC Mayor Bowser announces a city-wide plan to deal with the expected protests on 1/6, including closing large portions of downtown DC to vehicles, and posting signs that guns cannot be carried into the District. According to testimony by Sund's successor Capitol Police Chief Pittman, an Inter-Agency Coordination Division (IICD) Intelligence memo stated that militia members, white supremacists, and other extremists groups would be participating in the event Source: Congressional Testimony But in Sund's testimony he indicated that overall the January 6 protests were expected to be similar to previous protests disputing the election results in November and December. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Pence meets with Senate parliamentarian Elizabeth MacDonough to practice procedure for January 6. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
Meetings with SecArmy McCarthy and acting SecDef Miller take place between Jan 2nd and 3rd within the DOD, and between the DOD, DHS, DOJ, and DOI regarding the D.C. request for assistance. (Source: DOD OIG)
Meeting in Quantico, Virginia, between the FBI's Hostage Rescue Team, the FBI's national "Render Safe" team, the FBI SWAT team from the Baltimore Field Office, Special Response Teams from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), and the U.S. Marshals Service Special Operations Group to review potential threats to the January 6 Joint Session of Congress. (Source: Newsweek)
Oval Office meeting between Trump, Rosen, Donoghue, Engel, Cipollone, Philbin, Clark, and Herschmann. Trump states that Rosen is not doing anything to overturn the election, and discuss potentially appointing Clark as Acting AG. (Source: Senate Judiciary)
Over the weekend (Jan 2-3), the Office of the Assistant Secretary of Defense for Homeland Defense and Global Security staff members called and texted points of contact at the U.S. Secret Service, U.S. Marshals Service, U.S. Park Police, DHS, and USCP to see if any agency intended to request DoD support for January 6. All agencies said they didn't anticipate needing support. (Source: DOD OIG)
USCP special threat assessment notes protests scheduled for January 6 "may lead to a significantly dangerous situation for law enforcement and the general public." (Source: GAO)
"DoD confirms with U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) that there is no request for DoD support." Source: Pentagon.
According to the Pentagon Timeline, the President meets with the Acting Secretary of Defense Miller and the Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff Milley.
"A/SD and CJCS meet with the President. President concurs in activation of the DCNG to
support law enforcement." Source: Pentagon.
"A/SD meets with select Cabinet Members to discuss DoD support to law enforcement
agencies and potential requirements for DoD support." (Source: Pentagon)
In addition to the details in the public Pentagon timeline, later reporting states that on January 3rd "Trump approved the activation of the D.C. National Guard and also told the Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to take whatever action is needed as events unfolded." Source: The Associated Press (1/3/21).
Metropolitan Police Department briefs D.C. Council on upcoming protests and the Insurrection Act. Source: The Washington Post.
Acting Secretary of Defense Miller meets with Secretary of the Army McCarthy, and CJCS Milley to discuss the role of the DC National Guard. This 9:00 AM meeting is not in the DOD timeline. (Source: Newsweek)
A Capitol Police Civil Disturbance Unit briefing estimates that 20,000 people are expected to come to the Capitol that week and anticipates violence. Classified documents from the Secret Service and the FBI indicate that as many as 120,000 protesters came. (Source: Newsweek)
The six page "Eastman Memo" is presented to Pence in the Oval Office. (Source: Costa and Woodward, Peril) (Document: Washington Post)
The Secret Service issues a "Protective Intelligence Brief, March for Trump, January 4, 2021". Despite the intelligence brief highlighting at least 57 different groups attending, and videos posted by Ali Alexander, the report concluded "no indication of civil disobedience" on January 6. (Source: Newsweek)
Coordinated by DC's Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence, Donnell Harvin, intelligence 'fusion-centers' across nation have a call on an influx of alarming intelligence leading up to 1/6. Source: The Washington Post. The call notes recommend DC hospitals prepare for a mass casualty event. Harvin invites the FBI, DHS, and military intelligence services to review information as he collects it. Source: Just Security.
USCP Chief Steven Sund directs that additional Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC) kits be available in the field if needed on 1/6. Source: Congressional Testimony.
USCP Chief Sund requests DCNG support through House and Senate Sergeant at Arms but the request for Guardsmen is denied due to bad "optics". Source: Congressional Testimony.
The DC Metropolitan Police arrest Enrique Tarrio, Chairman of Proud Boys, in connection with burning a Black Lives Matter flag taken from a historic Black church in Washington, D.C. in December. Tarrio is found having two high-capacity firearm magazines. Source: The New York Times.
"The A/SD, in consultation with CJCS, SECARMY, and DoD General Counsel (GC), reviews the Department’s plan to be prepared to provide support to civil authorities, if asked, and approves activation of 340 members of the DCNG to support Mayor Bowser’s request. Support provided in response to Mayor Bowser’s request includes support at:
Traffic Control Points: 90 personnel (180 total/2 shifts); Metro station
support: 24 personnel (48 total/2 shifts); Weapons of Mass Destruction Civil
Support Team: 20 personnel; and Internal Command and Control: 52
personnel. A/SD also authorizes SECARMY to deploy a Quick Reaction Force (40 personnel staged at Joint Base Andrews) if additional support is requested by civil authorities." Source: Pentagon.
Sen. Loeffler (R-GA) announces she will object Biden's win in her state. (Source: The Washington Post)
Two memos are shown to Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) in the White House, one titled "Deceased people who voted in the 2021 election in GA" and one titled "Voting Irregularities, Impossibilities, and Illegalities in the 2020 General Election." (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
"USCP confirms there is no requirement for DoD support in a phone call with SECARMY." (Source: Pentagon)
US Capitol Police Chief Sund calls to DCNG Gen. Walker to see how many Guardsmen would be able to arrive to the Capitol on short notice, and how long it would take. Source: Congressional Testimony.
"Acting Secretary of Defense Miller issues guidance to the Secretary of the Army, stating that without Miller's personal authorization, the DCNG is not permitted to interact physically with protesters, deploy riot control agents, employ helicopters, and a number of other tactics, against protesters on January 6." Source: Pentagon.
The chair of the House committee with oversight of the Capitol Police, Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.), discusses preparations with House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and USCP Chief Sund. Source: The Washington Post.
Oath Keepers allegedly store weapons at the Comfort Inn Ballston in Arlington, Virginia. Source: Federal Indictments.
Following media reports the previous day that CBP and BOP agents had been deployed to DC, Mayor Bowser tweets to clarify that she has not requested any federal assistance, and that any deployment should be in consultation with the Metropolitan Police Department. Source: Twitter.
In a phone call between USCP Chief Sund, House and Senate Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Michael Stenger, and Representative Tim Ryan, the security leaders of the Capitol assure the representative that "every precaution was being taken" for the following day. (Source:The Washington Post )
An individual places two pipe bombs between 5:30 and 6:30 PM at Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee Headquarters. Source: FBI.
Marc Short meets with the Pence's lead secret service agent to warn that "the President was going to turn publicly against the Vice President, and there could be a security risk to Mr. Pence because of it." (Source: The New York Times)
"DOD issues second memo limiting DCNG activity. The Washington Post reports, "In memos issued Monday and Tuesday in response to a request from the D.C. mayor, the Pentagon prohibited the District’s guardsmen from receiving ammunition or riot gear, interacting with protesters unless necessary for self-defense, sharing equipment with local law enforcement, or using Guard surveillance and air assets without the defense secretary’s explicit sign-off, according to officials familiar with the orders." Source: The Washington Post.
Proud Boys "Boots on the Ground" encrypted messaging channel is created to communicate on 1/6. Source: Federal Indictment.
Vice President Pence meets with President Trump in the Oval Office. During the meeting, President Trump pressures Pence to not certify the election results, and Pence refuses his offer. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
"255 DCNG arrive in D.C. and begin to manage traffic control points alongside local law
enforcement." Source: Pentagon.
As repoted by ProPublica, a 17-page Capitol Police operational plan dated January 5 states white supremacists and other domestic violent extremists are expected to attend the January 6 rally, but does not discuss a potential breach of the Capitol Building.
Call between USCP Chief Sund, principles of Capitol Police Board, and top law enforcement and military officials. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Meadows email, later released to the House Select committee, says the National Guard would "protect pro Trump people." (Source: CNN)
"Mayor Bowser delivers a letter addressed to the Acting Attorney General, A/SD, and
SECARMY confirming that there are no additional support requirements from the D.C." Source: Pentagon.
Pro-Trump protesters gather at Freedom Plaza event. MPDC arrests at least 10 people during Tuesday's demonstrations. Source: The Hill.
"The Secretary of the Army approves 340 additional DC National Guard members to support the DC Metropolitan Police."
Sen. Cruz (R-TX) announces he will formally object to the certification of electors from Arizona. (Source: The Washington Post)
USCP develop information paper on upcoming protest. (Source: GAO)
The FBI field office in Norfolk, Virgina, issues an internal warning that extremists are planning violence in response to 'unlawful lockdowns' on January 6 at the Capitol and that protesters were planning for "war". The FBI Norfolk warning was shared with the Capitol Police, but the Sergeant in the Capitol Police intelligence division who received the information did not elevate it to senior leadership. Source: Congressional Testimony.
In a letter, the Secretary of the Army approves 340 additional DC National Guard members to support the DC Metropolitan Police. The document also outlines that the DCNG still needs to request equipment for self-defense from the Secretary of the Army, and withholds approval to deploy the National Guard Quick Reaction Force (QRF). (Source: Just Security) Later, DCNG Commander Walker testifies that he was required to submit a concept of operation to the Secretary of the Army before the QRF could be deployed, and that this was highly unusual. (Source: Congressional Testimony)
The night before January 6, President Trump made numerous calls to the Willard Hotel where he spoke to Giuliani, Eastman, Epshteyn, and Bannon, recounting his Oval Office meeting with Pence and seeking further ways to stop the joint session from certifying Biden's victory. (Source: The Guardian)
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: If Vice President @Mike_Pence comes through for us, we will win the Presidency. Many States want to decertify the mistake they made in certifying incorrect & even fraudulent numbers in a process NOT approved by their State Legislatures (which it must be). Mike can send it back! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
A 13-page demonstration report lists nearly 80 “First Amendment assemblies” taking place in Washington, D.C. between January 5 and January 29, 2021, including eight deemed of especially high visibility. Source: The Washington Post.
Following a January 3 meeting in Virginia, elite FBI and Special Operations teams, including a tactical Hostage Rescue Team that would later be one of the first to enter the Capitol after the attack, are staged downtown closer to the Capitol. (Source: Newsweek.)
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: Sleepy Eyes Chuck Todd is so happy with the fake voter tabulation process that he can't even get the words out straight. Sad to watch! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: States want to correct their votes, which they now know were based on irregularities and fraud, plus corrupt process never received legislative approval. All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: THE REPUBLICAN PARTY AND, MORE IMPORTANTLY, OUR COUNTRY, NEEDS THE PRESIDENCY MORE THAN EVER BEFORE - THE POWER OF THE VETO. STAY STRONG! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
POTUS asks WH switchboard to call back to Dan Scavino. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
WH switchboard informs POTUS message left to Scavino; informed POTUS of call from Stephen Bannon, the President requested a callback with Bannon. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
"0830: A/SD and CJCS review DoD plan to support law enforcement agencies and request an exercise regarding DoD contingency response options." Source: Pentagon.
POTUS call with Stephen Bannon. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
8:42 AM-8:45 AM
POTUS call with Rudy Giuliani. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
WH switchboard, POTUS request to call back Meadows. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: They just happened to find 50,000 ballots late last night. The USA is embarrassed by fools. Our Election Process is worse than that of third world countries! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
WH switchboard, POTUS request to call back VP. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
WH switchboard informs POTUS message was left for VP. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: The States want to redo their votes. They found out they voted on a FRAUD. Legislatures never approved. Let them do it. BE STRONG! ) Source:UCSB Presidency Project.
POTUS instructs Switchboard to call back with Sen. Majority Leader McConnell. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
WH Switchboard informs the President that a message was left for leader Mitch McConnell. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: These scoundrels are only toying with the @sendavidperdue (a great guy) vote. Just didn't want to announce quite yet. They've got as many ballots as are necessary. Rigged Election! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
POTUS call with Mr. William Bennett. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
President instructed operated to call back with Sen David Perdue (R-GA). (Source: PDD, WHCL)
10:59 AM-11:00 AM
Operator tells President a message was left for Perdue. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
Original planned beginning time for Trump speech at the Ellipse.
Original planned beginning time for Trump speech at the Ellipse.
Trump speaks with Perdue via cellular. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
Meeting between Trump, Eric Trump, Donald Jr., Kimberly Guilfoyle (Donald Jr.'s then-girlfriend), Ivanka Trump, Mark Meadows, Eric Herschmann, and Gen. Kellogg. (Source: Eastman v. Thompson)
Around this time, Sen. Lankford (R-OK) announces he will object the electoral college votes in Arizona. (Source: CNN)
"The President talked on a phone call to an unidentified person." Note: This phone call is recorded in the President's Daily Diary but not in the call log. Documents released in relation to the Bennie Thompson lawsuit from NARA suggest that this call was made to Senator Loeffler. (Source: Kyle Cheney Twitter , Eastman vs. Thompson)
Call with Mike Pence. Former President Trump is reported to have said: "Mike, you can do this. I'm counting on you to do it. If you don't do it, I picked the wrong man four years ago." (Source: The Washington Post) Note: This call is not in daily diary or call log.
Rioters then stream over mesh fences and metal barricades on pathway and the surrounding lawn. Source: The Washington Post.
Despite contradicting accounts, cell phone records show that Sund first called the House Sergeant at 12:58 p.m, and again four other times: at 1:05 p.m., 1:34 p.m., 1:39 p.m. and 1:45 p.m. to request National Guard support. Source: Forbes.
"1305: A/SD receives open source reports of demonstrator movements to U.S. Capitol." Source: Pentagon.
Capitol Police begin investigating the pipe bomb at DNC. (Source: Politico)
Sund contacts Senate and House Sergeant at Arms (Irving and Stenger) requesting authorization to formally call in National Guard assistance. This, however, is disputed in the Irving's testimony. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Glover (MPDC) calls for CDUs, protective equipment, and DOS teams. Source: The Washington Post.
"1326: USCP orders evacuation of Capitol complex." Source: Pentagon.
Meeting between top State Department Trump appointee and election denial activists. (Source: Washington Post)
DC Acting Police chief Contee calls D.C. City Administrator Kevin Donahue to provide situational update from the Capitol. Source: Congressional Testimony.
By this time, "Irving sits at a desk placing calls to a law enforcement association that can organize mutual aid from county and state police forces in suburban Maryland and Virginia, according to people in the room." Source: Washington Post
As security at the Capitol continues to rapidly deteriorate, DC Mayor Bowser declares a state of emergency. Source: Twitter.
By this time, MPDC's Glover has called for hard reinforcements in riot gear at least seven times and for munition two times. Source: The Washington Post.
Footage depicts MPDC deploying first string ball to control crowd on the west side of the building with little effect. Source: The Washington Post
MPDC's Glover received confirmation that one unit, Platoon unit 42, is on its way to provide additional assistance. The Platoon unit, meant to reinforce Glover at western entrance to Capitol, is located at 200 10th St NW (1 mile away). Source:The Washington Post.
"1334: SECARMY phone call with Mayor Bowser in which Mayor Bowser communicates
request for unspecified number of additional forces." Source: Pentagon.
MPDC's Glover orders officers to deploy 40mm launcher against rioters. Source: The Washington Post.
1:39 PM-1:49 PM
Sund calls Walker for any available DCNG troops, a report that highlights a 10 minute discrepancy with the DOD timeline. Source: The Washington Post.
Under increasing pressure, MPDC's Glover asks again about location and ETA for Platoon 42. Source: The Washington Post.
"1349: Commanding General, DCNG, Walker phone call with USCP Chief Sund. Chief Sund communicates request for immediate assistance." Source: Pentagon.
Immediately following the 1:49 phone call from Sund, Walker calls Army leaders to tell them about Sund’s request. Source: Congressional Testimony. This is not recorded in the public DOD timeline.
USCP dispatched to look for other possible explosives at DNC, suggesting a potential plot to divert resources away from the Capitol building. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Sund activates Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Mutual Aid Agreement, requesting assistance from law enforcement agencies from the National Capital Region (NCR). Source: Congressional Testimony.
On the northeast side of the Capitol, video footage shows police falling back as protestors walk through barricades. Source:The New York Times.
Unable to reach MPDC Glover's unit, Platoon 42 is still on steps on the west side of the Capitol Building. Source: The Washington Post.
On the east side of the Capitol, the crowd breaks through the barricades. Source: The New York Times.
Rioters break past police officers on scaffolding on the inaugural platform. Source: The Washington Post.
Around this time
Estimates that at least 2,000 people have pushed past police lines on east side of the building and have attempted to break in. Source: The Washington Post.
"Director Rodriguez calls USCP Chief Sund asking what support is needed immediately; Sund replies he needs anything that can be provided. With MPD and FEMS already at the Capitol under the Mayor's authority, Rodriguez offers to set up a call with DCNG and MPD to outline USCP's specific needs for DCNG support. This can only be approved by SecArmy and A/ SecDef, and DCNG includes staff of SecArmy on the call". Source: Congressional Testimony
Dispatcher confirms that rioters have broken windows on east side of Capitol and then immediately confirms that Capitol east entrance has been breached. Source: The Washington Post.
Between 2:12 and 2:24 Glover requests four times for a fall back point; no response on where to fall back is provided. Source: The Washington Post.
VP Pence is evacuated to first secure location and Senator Chuck Grassley gavels Senate to recess. Source: The Washington Post.
Rioters reach the Senate chamber; USCP Officer Eugene Goodman leads rioters away from location of VP Pence. Source: The Washington Post.
According to an unreleased Pentagon timeline, Sund makes a second "frantic" call to Walker to send at least 200 Guard members and more if available. Source: The Associated Press (1/6/21).
FBI Deputy Director David Bowdich dispatches the first of three tactical teams to the Capitol building, following a call from a colleague who had spoken with an aid barricaded inside a Senate office. Source: The Washington Post.
Between 2:13 and 2:24PM
Trump speaks with Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), estimated around this time. (Source: Washington Post). This call is not in the call log or presidential daily diary.
"1422: SECARMY phone call with D.C. Mayor, Deputy Mayor, Dr. Rodriguez, and MPD
leadership to discuss the current situation and to request additional DCNG support." Source: Pentagon.
"Rodriguez (DC DHS) convenes a call for USCP with MPD, FEMS, DCNG, and staff of SecArmy to ensure coordination; other D.C. government officials listen in, including Mayor Bowser. On the call, USCP requests immediate DCNG support from General Walker and staff of SecArmy. Contee directly asks Sund if he is requesting DCNG at the U.S. Capitol. Sund says yes. In response, staff of SecArmy says they are not comfortable sending DCNG to the Capitol to confront peaceful protestors without a comprehensive plan. MPD has already been on scene at the U.S. Capitol for over an hour." Source: Congressional Testimony.
On the East side of the Capitol Building, the Dispatcher confirms: "be advised, they've breached the Senate door on the east side of the building as well." Source: The Washington Post.
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: Mike Pence didn't have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
"At 2:25 p.m., McCarthy told his staff to prepare to move the emergency reaction force to the Capitol. The force could be ready to move in 20 minutes." In the twenty minutes before this, the AP additionally reports that "On the Pentagon’s third floor E Ring, senior Army leaders were huddled around the phone for what they described as a “panicked” call from the D.C. Guard. As the gravity of the situation became clear, McCarthy bolted from the meeting, sprinting down the hall to Miller’s office and breaking into a meeting." Source: The Associated Press (1/6/21 2:25pm).
VP Pence is evacuated from his hiding place (less than 100 feet from rioters) to a secure location. Source: Impeachment Evidence.
Pence says in response to his Secret Service attempts to get him into a car, "I'm not getting into that car." (Source: The Washington Post)
Trump calls Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT) seeking Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-AL), and Lee hands phone to Tuberville. (Source: Washington Post). This call is not in the call log and is not in the presidential daily diary.
President Trump speaks to Sen. Tommy Tuberville via phone, urging further objection to the electoral count. Source: USA Today.
MPDC's Glover announces on radio the unit has lost their line, and directs all MPDC officers to pull back to the upper deck on the West side of the Capitol Building. Source: The Washington Post.
1430: A/SD, CJCS, and SECARMY meet to discuss USCP and Mayor Bowser’s requests." Source: Pentagon.
Mayor Bowser's Office contacts the White House Executive Office of the President and staff-level conversations commence. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Conversations ensue between staff at the White House Executive Office of the President and the DC Mayor's Office.
Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer comes at a near pass with rioters in the building, as shown in the evidence presented during the impeachment of Donald Trump. Source: Impeachment Evidence.
Emergency management channel in DC broadcasts a call for all available law enforcement officers to report to the Capitol. Source: The Washington Post.
Capitol Police and staffers barricade main entrance of House floor. Source: The Washington Post.
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
Oath Keepers, using a "stack" formation, forcibly breach Capitol on the east. Source: Federal Indictment.
After Trump's tweet about the Capitol Riot, Donald Trump Jr. texted chief of staff Mark Meadows "He's got to condemn this shit. Asap. The Capitol police tweet is not enough." Mark Meadows responded: "I am pushing it hard. I agree." (Source: Meadows vs. Pelosi)
*No Time known. Trump speaks at least one more call with Rep. Jim Jordan (R-OH). (Source: Politico) This call is not in the call log or presidential daily diary.
Mayor Bowser's Chief of Staff calls counterparts in Maryland and Virginia to confirm formal requests have been made, and both confirm Governors are approving resources to the District. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Last staffers and lawmakers evacuate House chamber floor, but those in the upper gallery remain unable to leave. Source: The Washington Post.
Attempting entry into the Speaker's lobby, rioter Ashli Babbitt is shot by Capitol Police. Source: The Washington Post.
"Members of a specially trained D.C. police civil disturbance unit commandeer a WMATA bus and have the driver take them as close to the Capitol as possible to join in the fray. Police officers from surrounding counties in Maryland and Virginia begin arriving. Prince George’s County police are instructed to try to gain control of the north side of the west terrace. Montgomery and Arlington county officers press up a staircase on the west side. Virginia state police begin battling with rioters under the mid-level terrace on the west side. Some of the units from Maryland and Virginia arrive more quickly than Capitol police had expected because D.C. police had coordinated in advance to have them on standby. When Capitol police asked D.C. for help at 1 p.m., D.C. activated its plans with regional forces." Source: The Washington Post.
1500: A/SD determines all available forces of the DCNG are required to reinforce MPD and USCP positions to support efforts to reestablish security of the Capitol complex. Source: Pentagon.
1500: SECARMY directs DCNG to prepare available Guardsmen to move from the armory to the Capitol complex, while seeking formal approval from A/SD for deployment. DCNG prepares to move 150 personnel to support USCP, pending A/SD’s approval. Source: Pentagon.
1504: A/SD, with advice from CJCS, DoD GC, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau
(CNGB), SECARMY, and the Chief of Staff of the Army, provides verbal approval of the
full activation of DCNG (1100 total) in support of the MPD. Immediately upon A/SD
approval, Secretary McCarthy directs DCNG to initiate movement and full mobilization. Source: Pentagon.
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
In a phone call between CJCS Milley and Rep. Dan Sullivan (R-AK); Sullivan shares that the Capitol Police have a tentative plan use buses to evacuate representatives, a plan that never came to fruition. (Source: The Washington Post)
1519: SECARMY phone call with Senator Schumer and Speaker Pelosi about the nature of Mayor Bowser’s request. SECARMY explains A/SD already approved full DCNG
mobilization. Source: Pentagon.
Mayor Bowser speaks with Secretary of the Army, who confirms USCP request for DCNG support has been approved. Source: Congressional Testimony.
Representative Elissa Slotkin (D-MI) speaks with CJCS Milley by phone. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
For hours Ivana Trump goes back and forth into the dining room with Meadows trying to convince Trump to take action. (Source: The Washington Post)
White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweets: “At President @realDonaldTrump’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services. We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful. Source: Twitter.
The unreleased Pentagon timeline reports that Pence called Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, and during a one-minute phone conversation "Pence said the Capitol was not secure and he asked military leaders for a deadline for securing the building, according to the document." This is not included in the public DOD timeline. Source: The Associated Press (1/6/21 3:37pm).
1546: CNGB phone call with the Adjutant General (TAG) of Virginia to discuss support in
Washington D.C. TAG said Governor had ordered mobilization of forces at 1532. Source: Pentagon.
1548: SECARMY departs Pentagon for MPD HQ. Source: Pentagon.
1555: CNGB phone call with TAG of Maryland to discuss support in Washington D.C. TAG said governor ordered the mobilization of the rapid response force. TAG reports Governor had ordered mobilization of the rapid response force at 1547. Source: Pentagon.
The unreleased Pentagon timeline reports that Pence called Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, and during a one-minute phone conversation "Pence said the Capitol was not secure and he asked military leaders for a deadline for securing the building, according to the document." This is not included in the public DOD timeline. Source: The Associated Press (1/6/21 4:08pm).
1610: SECARMY arrives at MPD HQ. Source: Pentagon.
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) Tweets video. Source: C-SPAN.
1618: A/SD, CJCS, SECARMY, and CNGB discuss availability of National Guard (NG) forces from other States in the region. A/SD gives voice approval for out-of-State NG forces to muster and to be prepared to deploy to D.C. Source: Pentagon.
DC Homeland Security's Emergency Management Agency convenes the Consequence Management Team. Source: Congressional Testimony.
1632: A/SD provides verbal authorization to re-mission DCNG to conduct perimeter and
clearance operations in support of USCP. SECARMY to provide public notification of
support. Source: Pentagon.
Miller gives an update to Meadows on removing protesters from the complex. (Source: The Washington Post)
Miller gives an update to Meadows on removing protesters from the complex. (Source: The Washington Post)
1640: SECARMY phone call with Governor of Maryland. Governor to send Maryland NG
troops to D.C., expected to arrive on January 7, 2021. Source: Pentagon.
An unpublished internal Pentagon timeline obtained by the AP reports that: "At about 4:40 p.m. Pelosi and Schumer were again on the phone with Milley and the Pentagon leadership, asking Miller to secure the perimeter." This phone call is not recorded in the DOD timeline. Source: The Associated Press (1/6/21 4:40pm).
1702: Departure of 154 DCNG from D.C. Armory in support of USCP. Arrive at Capitol at
1740, swear in with USCP, and begin support operations. Source: Pentagon.
USCP Chief Sund briefs VP Pence on the current security posture, and Pence then calls Speaker Pelosi to plan reopening the chambers at 7:30PM. Source: Congressional Testimony.
1745: A/SD signs formal authorization for out-of-State NG to muster and gives voice approval for deployment in support of USCP. Source: Pentagon.
Citywide curfew begins in DC.
Donald Trump (@realDonaldTrump) tweets: These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from great patriots who have been badly & unfairly treated for so long. Go home with love & in peace. Remember this day forever! Source: UCSB Presidency Project.
1814: USCP, MPD, and DCNG successfully establish perimeter on the west side of the U.S. Capitol. Source: Pentagon.
POTUS talked with WH Switchboard operator who informed him of pending calls from Kurt Olsen, Mark Martin, Bill Hagerty, Josh Hawley, and Cleta Mitchell; the President instructed operation to call back Olsen, Martin and Mitchell. (Source: PDD, WHCL)
Congress affirms Biden's electoral college victory over Trump.
Trump issues the statement at 3:49AM: "Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!” (Source: Dan Scavino, Twitter)
Pelosi and Schumer call Pence and urge him to invoke the 25th amendment. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
CJCS General Milley speaks with Indo Pacific Command Admiral Philip Davidson and suggests reconsidering scheduled exercises in light of domestic events and an unnerved China. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
Twitter issues permanent suspension of @realDonaldTrump account. Source: Twitter.
CJCS General Milley speaks with Speaker Pelosi on succession and the twenty-fifth amendment. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
CJCS General Milley meeting with NMCC during which he makes clear he must be involved in any procedure launching nuclear weapons. (Source: Woodward and Costa, Peril)
Chairman of the Joint Chief of Staff issues statement to the joint force, confirming that Joe Biden will be inaugurated on January 20, 2021. Source: JCS.
Joint Intelligence Bulletin finds extremist groups are emboldened after attack. Source: Yahoo News.
House formally calls on Pence to invoke 25th amendment. (Source: New York Times)
Photographer Jabin Botsford takes a picture of Mike Lindell, businessman, heading into the West Wing to meet with Trump with a memo reading "Insurrection and now" and "martial law if necessary." (Source: Twitter)
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-GA) texts Meadows: "In our private chat with only Members, several are saying the only way to save our Republic is for Trump to call for Marshall law. I don't know on those things. I just wanted you to tell him. They stole this election. We all know. They will destroy our country next. Please tell him to declassify as much as possible so we can go after Biden and anyone else!" (Source: CNN)
Representative Carolyn Maloney, Chair of the House Oversight Committee, issues a letter to FBI Director Wray to begin an investigation into the January 6 attack. Source: Twitter.
FBI announces it is working with ATF to identify individual behind RNC pipe bomb, and that it has received over 200,000 tips from the public to identify those who participated in the violent attacks on the Capitol. Source: FBI.
Impeachment trial of Donald Trump begins. Source: NPR.
Media reports surface that pro-Trump supporters in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, New Mexico, Nevada, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin tried to send fake electoral electoral vote certificates to NARA in an attempt to replace their state electors with pro-Trump electors. (Source: American Oversight)
The FBI renews a call for tips related to the individual who places the pipe bomb at the DNC and the RNC, releasing more information about the episode. Source: The FBI.
Former President Trump tells former aides to invoke immunity, defy subpoenas, and not turn over documents to the House Select Committee. (Source: The New York Times)
The Archivist of the United States David S, Ferriero notifies former President Trump that a tranche of records are scheduled to be released to the House Select Committee on November 12, 2021. (Source: NARA)
Trump sues to prevent NARA from turning over records. NARA plans to release the documents to the Select Committee on November 12. (Source: The Washington Post)
The Archivist of the United States notifies Trump that 724 pages of records will be disclosed to the Select Committee on November 26, 2021. (NARA)
Department of Defense Office of Inspector General publishes a report on January 6, finding that the Department's actions leading up to event were adequate. Source: Department of Defense Inspector General.
NARA notifies Trump that further material will be disclosed to the Select Committee on December 20, 2021. (NARA)
Bannon turns himself in on contempt of Congress charges after failing to comply with the House committee investigation. (Source: The New York Times)
Reports surface that Meadows will cooperate with the House Select Committee and provides the committee texts and emails from the time of the attack. (Source: NPR)
Meadows counsel provides 2,319 text messages to the Select Committee, as well as a privilege log showing that Meadows was withholding over 1,000 texts from his personal cell phone citing executive, marital, and attorney-client privilege.(Source: Committee Filing)
In a turn of events, Meadows says he will no longer cooperate with the House select committee a day before his scheduled deposition. (Source: Committee Filing)
After an unsuccessful attempt to hide records related to January 6, an appeals court rules that records of former President Trump must be released to the January 6 Committee. Source: The Washington Post.
Reporting reveals a 36 page PowerPoint presentation handed over from Mark Meadows to the Committee and circulated in the White House before the Capitol attack recommending Trump declare a national security emergency in order remain in office. (Source: The Guardian)
The House votes to hold Meadows in contempt for not cooperating with the committee. (Source: Congress)
Pentagon issues new guidance to rule out extremism in the ranks. Source: Pentagon.
December 27, 2021
NARA notifies Trump that further material will be disclosed to the Select Committee on January 26, 2022. (Source: NARA)
January 19, 2022
Supreme court rebuffs Trump's bid to block release of documents related to Jan. 6 riot. The only Judge that signaled he would have granted the former President's request was Justice Clarence Thomas. (Source: Politico) One dat later, House Select Committee receives documents from Trump White House held at NARA.
January 31, 2022
NARA confirms that some records were torn, and then taped back together. (Source: The Washington Post)
February 1, 2022
NARA informs Trump that another batch of records will be handed over to the Committee on March 30, 2022. (Source: NARA)
February 9, 2022
NARA asks the Department of Justice to investigate Trump's handling of records. (Source: The Washington Post)
February 10, 2022
Some documents found at Trump's property Mar-a-Lago clearly marked classified. (Source: The Washington Post)
February 16, 2022
NARA informs former President Trump that further records will be handed over to the Committee on March 3, 2022. (Source: NARA)
February 22, 2022
Attorney General Garland addresses classified docs at Mar-a-Lago. (Source: The Washington Post)
March 3, 2022
House panel court filing says Trump and others engaged in potential crimes to overturn the election. (Source: The Washington Post) NARA delivers records to the Committee, including records from former VP Pence and White House visitor logs. (Source: CNN, Huffington Post)
March 10, 2022
NARA informs former President Trump that another batch of records will be given to the Committee on March 25, 2022. (Source: NARA)
Michael Flynn repeatedly cites the fifth amendment before the House select committee. (Source: The New York Times)
March 24, 2022
Trump Sues Hillary Clinton over 2016 election and "false" Russia narrative. (Source: The Washington Post)
March 28, 2022
Judge says Trump "more likely that not" committed crime in trying to block Biden win. (Source: The Washington Post)
March 29, 2022
Internal records provided by the Trump White House to the House Select Committee, subsequently obtained by The Washington Post and CBS News, are published showing a 7 hour and 37 minute gap in President Donald Trump's phone records during the violent assault on the Capitol. (Source: The Washington Post)
April 7, 2022
The Justice Department begins to investigate Trump's removal of White House records, some labeled "top secret" to Mar-a-Lago. (Source: The Washington Post)
April 12, 2022
The Justice Department denies a request to share inventory of 15 boxes retrieved from Mar-a-Lago. (Source: The Washington Post)
April 13, 2022
NARA informs Trump that more records will be given to the Committee on April 28, 2022. (Source: NARA)
April 25, 2022
Text messages between Meadows and Sean Hannity, Fox News Host, are released detailing promising a get-out-the-vote message to his listeners on November 3rd. (The Washington Post)
April 26, 2022
"New audio recordings reveal Kevin McCarthy worried that commends by his far-right colleagues could incite violence. He said he would try to rein in the lawmakers, but has instead defended them." (Source: The New York Times)
May 11, 2022
Biden authorizes an eighth tranche of Trump White House records to be released from the National Archives to the Committee. (Source: The Washington Post) NARA informs former President Trump that another batch of records will be provided to the Committee on May 26, 2022. (Source: NARA)
May 26, 2022
NARA informs former President Trump that further records will be disclosed to the Committee on June 10, 2022. (Source: NARA)
June 3, 2022
Navarro is indicted by a federal grand jury on two counts of contempt of congress for failing to comply with a subpoena from House Select Committee. (Source: Department of Justice)