President Joe Biden has heavily criticised former President Donald Trump on the first anniversary of the attack on the US Capitol.
In a televised speech Mr Biden accused his predecessor of spreading “a web of lies” that led to the mob’s assault.
Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building on 6 January 2021 as Congress gathered to certify Mr Biden’s presidential election victory.
Live footage of US politicians cowering from the mob shocked the world.
Mr Trump had urged protesters at a rally outside the White House shortly beforehand to “peacefully” march on Congress, but he also encouraged them to “fight” and stirred up the crowd with unsubstantiated claims of mass voter fraud in the election he had just lost.
Shortly after Mr Biden’s speech on Thursday Mr Trump released an angry statement hitting out at his successor. In it, he accused Mr Biden of “failure” and repeated false claims about the election.
Democrat politicians, who have a majority in the US Congress, planned a number of events to mark the one-year anniversary of the attack – including a candlelit vigil outside the Capitol building.