He also seemed to call for a continuation of efforts to investigate the Jan. 6 attack, encouraging people to “stand up to” the lies and extremism that led to it, “including determining what happened so that we can remember it and not bury it hoping we forget.”
“It requires all of us working together — Democrats, Republicans, and independents — on behalf of the common good to restore decency, honor, and respect for the rule of law,” Biden said in the statement. “And it impels our government — both the executive and legislative branches — to take the urgent steps needed to protect the fundamental right to vote.”
Efforts to investigate the insurrection have moved forward in recent weeks, with the House voting along party lines to create a select panel on the attack.
Also marking the event’s six-month anniversary, the Department of Justice earlier Tuesday released new statistics on its investigation of the Capitol insurrection. More than 535 defendants have been arrested in nearly all 50 states in connection with the attack, and at least 165 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, according to the department’s news release.
Around six people have been arrested on a series of charges that relate to assaulting a member of the media or destroying their equipment, and almost 495 defendants have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds, the release states.
“The Department of Justice’s resolve to hold accountable those who committed crimes on January 6th has not, and will not, wane,” the DOJ release said.
The FBI also released 11 new videos on Tuesday of suspects in violent assaults on federal officers during the attack, asking for the public’s help in identifying them.
“As we mark six months since the violence at our nation’s Capitol, we continue to encourage the public to send tips to the FBI,” said Steven M. D’Antuono, assistant director in charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office. “As we have seen with dozens of cases so far, the tips matter.”