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Fact-Checking the Jan. 6 Capitol Attack

From Jake Angeli to secret infiltration, Snopes fact-checked these rumors and myths about the deadly riot.

Published Jan 15, 2021

(FILES) Supporters of US President Donald Trump walk around in the Rotunda after breaching the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images) (Photo by SAUL LOEB/AFP via Getty Images)
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On Jan. 6, 2021, as Congress convened to count the electoral college votes and certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 U.S. presidential election, a mob of pro-Trump rioters sought to overturn the results by storming the U.S. Capitol.

While details of what really happened slowly trickled out on social media, misinformation filled the gap. The most common hoaxes and questions related to the deadly attack are listed below — all fact-checked by the Snopes newsroom.

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Videos were misleading that said US Capitol Police were waving in protesters including clips captioned as quote Capitol Police Officer Brings Terrorists In and quote A Police Officer WAVED THEM ALL IN.
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Messages on Telegram and Truth Social appeared to hint at a rumor that Stop the Steal founder Ali Alexander might be testifying as a witness before the House Jan. 6 panel aka the select committee.
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Former U.S. President Donald Trump address supporters near the White House on Jan. 6, 2021.
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Trump Supporters Hold "Stop The Steal" Rally In DC Amid Ratification Of Presidential Election
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