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Opinion: The urgent unanswered questions about the attack on the Capitol

January 12, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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TOPSHOT - Trump supporters clash with police and security forces as they push barricades to storm the US Capitol in Washington D.C on January 6, 2021. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT / AFP) (Photo by ROBERTO SCHMIDT/AFP via Getty Images)

Frida Ghitis writes that it's imperative that Americans find out what exactly happened at the US Capitol on January 6 and -- as the FBI receives information about planned armed protests at 50 state capitols -- what may still be unfolding. "We need to know if the attack on the citadel of American democracy was the result of overflowing emotion, or if it was something more sinister."

(CNN)The images will remain etched in our collective memories; throngs of MAGA-hatted attackers rampaging through the US Capitol in a deadly assault stoked by the President of the United States and his accomplices, determined to prevent the winner of the presidential election from taking office.

On Monday, as acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf resigned, CNN reported that the FBI had received information indicating "armed protests" are being planned at all 50 state capitols and at the US Capitol in Washington, DC.

Capitol Police officers are under investigation for their behavior during the riot; two have been suspended.

After Trump and his proxies inflamed their anger over the legitimate election results into a fiery frenzy, they seemingly followed his instructions and headed to the Capitol.

Then came Trump's instructions: "fight like hell. " Following Trump's speech, and his false promise to join them there, they stormed the Capitol.

By 3 p. m. , The Wall Street Journal reported that at least three key officials had urgently requested support from the National Guard, Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser, Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan, and Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund, who has since resigned.

Walter Piatt, the director of the Army Staff, reportedly disputed Sund's account and said in a Monday statement that authorization to activate the National Guard came approximately 40 minutes after the start of a conference call between officials around 2:20 p. m. However, the first National Guard personnel did not arrive on the scene until 5:40 p. m. By the time the mob withdrew, four people lay dead, and one Capitol Police officer was so severely injured he died the next day.

Many have accurately noted that Black Lives Matter social justice protests have faced much stiffer security, but one historian who has watched multiple protests on Capitol Hill, says he saw more security in other pro-Trump demonstrations.

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