ABC News announced special coverage of the one-year anniversary of the attack on the United States Capitol on Tuesday, documenting that historic day and providing an in-depth look at the aftermath. Beginning Sunday, Jan. 2, and continuing with daylong coverage on Thursday, Jan. 6, ABC News will air Attack on the Capitol – One Year Later.
David Muir, anchor of World News Tonight, will lead coverage and has already conducted the first sit-down interview with three of the officers who testified during the congressional hearings on the Jan. 6 attack – Capitol Police officers Harry Dunn and Aquilino Gonell, and Metropolitan Police Department officer Daniel Hodges. It was their first interview together since their testimony on Capitol Hill, and it will air on World News Tonight with David Muir and Nightline on January 5.
This Week with George Stephanopoulos will feature an interview with Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY), chief Washington correspondent and This Week co-anchor Jonathan Karl on Jan. 6 and its aftermath, and chief global affairs correspondent and This Week co-anchor Martha Raddatz, who reconnects with a participant she met during the Capitol riots and investigates the rise of military extremism since Jan. 6. The program will also reveal new findings from a new ABC News/Ipsos poll on where the country stands in the aftermath of the attack.
Reports and interviews from chief justice correspondent Pierre Thomas, chief White House correspondent Cecilia Vega, senior White House correspondent Mary Bruce, congressional correspondent Rachel Scott, White House correspondent MaryAlice Parks, correspondent Stephanie Ramos, and senior Washington reporter Devin Dwyer will also be included in ABC News’ Jan. 6 anniversary coverage.
Homegrown: Standoff to Rebellion documentary will look at the days, events, and conversations leading up to Jan. 6, 2021, through the eyes of antigovernmental groups, with interviews from Ammon Bundy, a former Oath Keeper, extremism experts, and several ABC News correspondents who were at the Capitol that day. The ABC News Investigative Unit-produced documentary will be available on Hulu on Wednesday, January 5, and on ABC News Live on January 6.
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As the Jan. 6 Committee continues its work, HBO’s “Four Hours at the Capitol” provides a methodical, up-close-and-personal tick-tock of the insurgency, revealing what a chaotic, strange, and, yes, violent day it was. It’s a visceral account of what happened through the eyes – and cameras – of those caught up in the moment, with interviews with members of Congress, police, and protestors/rioters.
The documentary, directed by Jamie Roberts and produced by Dan Reed (“Leaving Neverland”) in collaboration with the BBC, draws on personal testimony as well as previously unseen footage to show how quickly the police found the situation spiraling out of control.
“I still haven’t made sense of it,” Metropolitan police officer Michael Fanone, who testified before Congress in July, recalls, as Capitol police discuss the arduous task of fending off thousands of angry rioters at times.
One of the rioters is seen on video smoking a joint inside the Capitol Rotunda (“Because I can,” he tells a videographer), while the crowd chants “Nancy” in reference to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi.
Democratic lawmakers interviewed discuss their plans for retaliation if forced to do so. They also recall their concerns about the message that would be sent if they were forced to flee the scene, determined to show that a violent attempt to disrupt the process would fail.
Some Republicans interviewed questioned the optics of what happened from a political standpoint, with Rep. Buddy Carter of Georgia calling the breach “stupid,” claiming that at the time, “we were winning the moral wars.”
The cameras show those storming the building with little regard for morality, exposing the violent nature of the encounter, the injuries sustained by police, and the way the crowd responded, finally, when then-President Trump sent a video message telling them to leave.
“Trump has asked everybody to go home!” Jacob Chansley, a.k.a. the QAnon Shaman, can be heard shouting in one clip.
Beyond the sheer chaos of that day, perhaps what comes through most vividly is the simmering anger that many legislators and others still feel, as well as their lingering shock that such a lapse could have occurred. “It just never occurred to me that a mob would get into the Capitol building,” says Rep. Jim McGovern (D-MA).
The expertly crafted video also conveys the absurdity of those who have sought to deny or minimize the danger that existed, such as Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-GA), who compared Jan. 6 to a “normal tourist visit.”
“Four Hours at the Capitol” is unlikely to change many people’s minds, but seeing the evidence months after the event and the chaos that unfolded live on TV makes it difficult to accept arguments that the media exaggerated or misrepresented those images.
While the committee works to identify and expose the roots of Jan. 6 and “the Big Lie,” “Four Hours” provides a spare and painstaking illustration of where those tendrils lead.
“Four Hours at the Capitol” premieres on HBO on October 20 at 9 p.m., which, like CNN, is a WarnerMedia subsidiary.
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