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Polls find millions believe violence is coming, and that democracy itself might be threatened nearly a year after insurrection of U.S. Capitol

Over the weekend, the committee investigating the riots announced that Trump is at least partially responsible for the attempted seizure of the capitol, and that his wife pleaded to intervene to stop the mob.
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A select committee in Congress will report this week the results of its investigation into the riots on January 6, 2020 in the Capitol.

It will be a year on Thursday since insurrectionists stormed the U.S Capitol building through riots that claimed the life of a San Diego woman. 

Air-Force veteran Ashli Babbit, 35, was fatally shot by a police officer while attempting to enter the U.S. Capitol building through a window on Jan. 6, 2021. 

At first, Babbit's relatives demanded for the identity of the firing officer to be revealed. Once the officer voluntarily spoke to the media, Babbit's relatives threatened to sue him for $ 10 million for murder, but no actions have been made. 

The Department of Justice ruled Babbit’s death as self defense and to protect lawmakers in April last year and closed the case.  

More than 220 people were indicted for the attack on U.S Capitol Police Officers or preventing them from doing their jobs. About 165 plead guilty to the charges, 71 of them sentenced and 56 people were charged with minor and faced merely weeks in prison, though some face between 3 to 5 years behind bars.

Over the weekend, the committee investigating the riots announced that Trump is at least partially responsible for the attempted seizure of the capitol, and that his wife pleaded to intervene to stop the mob.

One year after these riots occurred, approximately 56 percent of Republicans believed those involved defended freedom and 47 percent believed it was patriotism. On the other hand, 85 percent of the Democrats considered that it was an insurrection and that they tried to carry out a coup.

There were 47 percent of Republicans that say those involved in the attempted takeover of the capital were leftist "leftist activists”. 

According to a CBS poll on Sunday, 7 percent of respondents strongly favor the country being divided into a nation ruled by Democrats and another by Republicans; 16 percent favor the option, 21 percent oppose it in some way, and 56 percent openly oppose it.

Another poll ran on Sunday by ABC reported 72 percent of all respondents believed the riots threatened democracy, while 1 in 4 respondents said it was to defend democracy.