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A former candidate for the New York state senate charged in the Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol asked people to delete videos and photos of him inside the building after his friends began to get arrested.

Daniel Christmann was taken into custody Wednesday on charges of disorderly conduct, entering a restricted building and demonstrating in a Capitol building, according to the Department of Justice.

Federal authorities said several people reached out to investigators with the FBI to provide information on Christmann's participation in the riot. A criminal complaint states that Christmann made several posts on his "dannyforsenate" Instagram account showing a large crowd of people inside the Capitol.

He had also shared a video of a man yelling, "We want Nancy ...we want the rest of them." The FBI said it believes the man, who was not Christmann, was referring to Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers.

Read more: NBC News

The House select committee formed to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol convened its first hearing on Tuesday, hosting a panel of four police officers who defended the building against a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump.

The testimony, which included new video footage from the day, was both emotional and dramatic, as the officers described being overwhelmed by rioters who were better equipped for the battle that unfolded.

Officer Dunn, a 13-year veteran of the Capitol Police force, recounted enduring racist slurs, in powerful testimony about confronting the mob. More on the officers here.

The officers provided chilling, detailed accounts of being knocked unconscious, beaten and fearing death at the hands of a mob that outnumbered them. They choked up reliving the hand-to-hand combat they faced on Jan. 6.

Read more: NBC News

The House select committee formed to investigate the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol will hold their first hearing on Tuesday, listening to a panel four police officers who defended the building against a mob of supporters of former President Donald Trump.

The testimony, which will include new video footage from the day, is expected to be emotionally-charged as the officers detail being overwhelmed by rioters who were better equipped for the battle that unfolded.

Rep. Liz Cheney, one of the two Republicans serving on the select committee investigating the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, is expected to give an opening statement today.

The Wyoming Republican, who was tapped by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, is serving as the de facto ranking member after Pelosi rejected two of the five GOP members selected by Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, prompting him to pull all five off the panel.

Read more: NBC News

As the Olympics are being held in Tokyo, many people in Georgia are reminiscing on memories from the Centennial Olympics in Atlanta that were held 25 years ago.

There were memorable moments from Muhammad Ali lighting the Olympic torch to sprinter Michael Johnson winning multiple gold medals and gymnast Kerri Strug winning gold despite a foot injury, but there was also one moment that many won’t forget: The moment a bomb ripped through Centennial Olympic Park.

Revelers were enjoying the festive atmosphere when, around 1:20 a.m. on July 27, an explosion rocked the park. Two people died and another 110 were injured.

The convicted bomber, Eric Robert Rudolph, targeted the park using a bomb hidden in a backpack.

Read more: WSB (Atlanta)

A federal judge was prepared to allow one of two men accused of plotting to attack the Democratic headquarters in Sacramento to be released to home detention on Tuesday.

But Jarrod Copeland will remain behind bars for now after his wife decided just before the announcement became official that she was not prepared to take on the responsibilities of being his court-appointed custodian.

Copeland, of Sacramento, and Ian Rogers, of Napa, are accused of planning the attack "using incendiary devices," the FBI's San Francisco office announced last week. The pair was influenced by the outcome of the 2020 election, officials have said.

Copeland has pleaded not guilty. Tuesday’s lengthy, virtual detention hearing focused on whether Copeland would be a danger to the community if released on bond.

Read more: KCRA