Citizens Guide to January 6th and Ongoing Threats to Democracy

  • September 7, 2022

Sept. 7, 2022 – As the January 6 Select Committee investigating the attack on the U.S. Capitol resumes public hearings later this month, further evidence will be presented showing how Trump and his close associates likely engaged in a seven-part scheme to subvert the will of the people in a brazen attempt to hold onto power.

To help all Americans understand the investigation to date, the next steps forward, and provide resources to help prevent a recurrence, Just Security and Protect Democracy created a “Citizens Guide to January 6th and Ongoing Threats to Democracy.”

For the first time in American history, a sitting president sought to overturn the results of a presidential election and block the peaceful transfer of power. What began with baseless claims about election fraud months before ballots had been cast metastasized into an armed attack on the U.S. Capitol that, as Select Committee evidence shows, looks less and less like a spontaneous outburst of violence and more like the culmination of considerable planning. Subsequently, we have seen efforts to overturn the election at the state level, state laws that threaten to raise more obstacles to voting, and a crop of political candidates vowing to overturn future elections that don’t go their way.

The Citizens Guide to January 6th and Ongoing Threats to Democracy collects in one resource the full factual narrative disclosed thus far by the Select Committee, the likely paths forward, and the resources necessary to understand how our system was exploited and how to prevent a potential recurrence.

For a PDF of the Citizens Guide, click HERE.

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