The consequences of Jan. 6 are still coming into focus, but what is already clear is that the insurrection was not an isolated incident. It was a battle in a broader war over the truth and the future of our democracy. Join Washington Post Live for a special conversation hosted by national political enterprise and investigations editor Matea Gold about The Post’s investigation into the Jan. 6 attack, the forces that led to the breach of the Capitol, the extent of the dangers that unfolded that day and the fallout that is now reshaping elections across the country.


“That was an out-of-body experience for me personally. When my phone rang and my deputy who’s deployed in the field said, ‘Donell, you’re not going to believe this but there are two improvised explosive devices… that have been placed in the RNC and DNC. They’re being investigated now. And a large law enforcement detachment has been sent there to investigate.’ And he ended with ‘Is this really happening?’ I couldn’t answer him, because I was stunned.” (Washington Post Live)
“I endorsed President Trump, I voted for him twice, and worked hard especially in the rural areas of the state and I did my best for them, that’s what I thought I was to do… I was chairman at the time but my entire board was taking shots from people both in our state and outside of the state trying to get us to do things we would not do.” (Washington Post Live)
“These armed militia are serious players… Their capabilities aren’t to be doubted, they’re well trained, well organized… These are groups that we had never seen come to the District of Columbia. We know they’re out there, we monitor them, but they’re not really our concern because they don’t really impact our area of responsibility. When we started seeing armed militia come to a city that does not allow you to have arms, you have to make a quick decision… are they leaving their arms at home and laying them down and coming to the city peacefully, or are they bringing their arms and trying to sequester them, and then that’s exactly what we saw, the ladder what we saw online… Recommendations on how to sequester long guns and pistols and how to come into D.C. with your arms without being spotted by police.” (Washington Post Live)
“We need to become Americans again. We are Americans first… I have a son that’s 16 and another that’s 14. I don’t want to send my son off to war to fight some foreign enemy to feel like an American again, and I damn sure don’t want him fighting fellow Americans to prove just how American he is. That’s just not the way to go.” (Washington Post Live)

Donell Harvin

Donell Harvin is a Senior Homeland Security Policy Researcher with the Defense and Political Sciences Department of the RAND Corporation. He works on homeland security and national security issues including domestic intelligence, counterterrorism, public health and all-hazards preparedness, resiliency, and emergency response.

He is graduate faculty at Georgetown University where he teaches in the Applied Intelligence and the Emergency and Disaster Management degree programs. Additionally, he has served as a subject-matter expert for several organizations including the United Nation Counter Terrorism Office, INTERPOL Bioterrorism Unit and the Center for Homeland Security’s Executive Education Program (EEP) conducting executive level seminars in emergency management, terrorism and threat mitigation.

Donell is the former Chief of Homeland Security and Intelligence for the Government of the District of Columbia (DC), where he oversaw the Fusion Intelligence Center for the nation’s capital with a mission to collect, analyze and share cyber threat information and intelligence amongst state, local and federal partners. He is also the first US-based member of the Counter Terrorism Preparedness Network (CTPN) a global consortium of major cities.

Prior to DC HSEMA, he served as an agency executive in the medical examiner’s office for DC and in New York City (NYC), directing large-scale forensic operations, including leading several 9/11 sifting operations, emergency management-related planning and response and led the agency’s occupational health and safety program.

Clint Hickman

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Clint Hickman, a 4th-generation Arizonan from one of the West Valley’s most prominent families and businesses, was appointed to the Maricopa County Board of Supervisors March 21, 2013. Hickman was reelected in 2016 for a four year term. District 4 voters have demanded strong fiscal stewardship starting with Jan Brewer to Max Wilson and now have passed the torch on to Supervisor Hickman.