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Pelosi and Trump announce details for dueling events marking one-year anniversary of Capitol riot

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 2021-12-31

A s members of Congress engage in a prayer vigil to mark the one-year anniversary of the riot on Capitol Hill, former President Donald Trump will mark the occasion at his Mar-a-Largo resort in Florida — battling the press.

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, a California Democrat, announced on Thursday a schedule of events for Jan. 6. Trump similarly announced the specifics for a press conference set for the same day.

PELOSI ANNOUNCES PLANS FOR 'SOLEMN OBSERVANCE' ON ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF JAN. 6 CAPITOL RIOT

"These events are intended as an observance of reflection, remembrance, and recommitment, in a spirit of unity, patriotism, and prayerfulness," Pelosi said. "The patriotism and courage of our members as we prepare for this difficult day is an inspiration for which I sincerely thank you."

In a letter to Democratic colleagues, which was shared with the media Thursday, Pelosi outlined the schedule, which includes four events. Congress will not be back in session until Jan. 10, but Pelosi invited her Democrat colleagues to the events. She said Congress will also live-stream its commemorations.

The first thing on her list is a pro forma session in the House at noon with a moment of silence on the House floor. At 1 p.m., Carla Hayden, the librarian of Congress, will host a conversation between historians Jon Meacham and Doris Kearns Goodwin about the events of Jan. 6.

Members of Congress will then have an opportunity to share their reflections and experiences of the day at 2:30 p.m. Lastly, members of Congress are invited to engage in a prayer vigil at 5:30 p.m. at the center steps of the Capitol.

Meanwhile, Trump will hold his Mar-a-Lago press conference at 5 p.m., according to the statement sent Thursday from his Save America PAC. He previously announced his intent to hold a press conference in a statement on Dec. 21 . His announcement at the time came the day after Pelosi announced that she was in the early stages of planning commemorative events for Jan. 6.

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Trump blasted the House select committee investigating Jan. 6 and criticized Republicans who have not gotten on board with his claims of election fraud leading to a stolen election in 2020.

"The good news is there are fewer and fewer RINOs left as we elect strong Patriots who love America," Trump said . "Remember, the insurrection took place on November 3rd, it was the completely unarmed protest of the rigged election that took place on January 6th."

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