The January 6 Project

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The January 6 Project considers the legal and policy challenges arising out of the Jan. 6, 2021, attack on the U.S. Capitol, when thousands of President Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol during the congressional certification of then-President-Elect Biden’s electoral victory. The homepage of the January 6 Project is here, where you will find significant documents, congressional hearings, case information and other materials related to the attack, in addition to articles and podcasts.

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Defense Department Inspector General Releases Report on January 6 Preparation and Response

On Nov. 18, the Department of Defense’s Inspector General released a 153-page report reviewing “the DoD’s role, responsibilities, and actions to prepare for and respond to the protest and its aftermath on the U.S. Capitol campus on January 6, 2021.” The report found that the department’s actions “were appropriate” in the lead up to Jan. 6. It also found that the Pentagon’s response to Jan.


The Lawfare Podcast: Roger Parloff on the Jan. 6 Capitol Riot Prosecutions

Roger Parloff is a senior editor at Lawfare and the author of the recent article, “What Do—and Will—the Criminal Prosecutions of the Jan. 6 Capitol Rioters Tell Us?” It is a deep dive on the demographics, the charges and the adjudications of the Capitol riot cases so far.

Democratic Norms

The Law of Individual Disqualification in a Democracy

The Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol has raised questions on whether consequences should be imposed on any of the elected officials responsible. A comparative analysis of the methods of discipline against politicians in different democracies can illustrate the costs and benefits of disqualification in the American context and opportunities for improvement.

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