The top two Democrats in Congress, Senator Charles Schumer and Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, reached out directly to Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday to urge him to act immediately to remove President Trump from office, only to be dismissed .
The two leaders called Pence hours after he oversaw a joint Congressional session to count the votes and make Joe Biden the next president, despite strong pressure from President Trump for Pence to take action.
Late Thursday, sources told CNN that Trump's mental state worsened and he "raved" and "raged" as he saw the 25th Amendment debated on television – with Pelosi and Schumer's demand played out repeatedly.
But if they were hoping that Pence could join a swift potential effort in his final days in office to wrest power from a volatile Trump, the reception they received might provide an answer.
"Spokesman Pelosi and I tried to call the Vice President this morning to tell him this," Schumer told reporters on Thursday in New York. "They put us on hold for 25 minutes and then said the Vice President wouldn't make a call."
"So we're making this call public because he should do it and do it right now," Schumer said, explaining why both he and Pelosi Pence and the Trump cabinet are calling on the 25th amendment to appeal to Trump Ineligible to declare and install Pence as President in an acting capacity.
The call preceded angry comments from Pelosi, who accused Trump of “fueling uprising” and “causing riot”.
"Yesterday the President of the United States instigated an armed uprising against America," Pelosi said at a press conference in the Capitol, the day after Trump supporters stormed the building after attending a rally where Trump spoke.
She spoke harsh language, beyond the harsh speech of impeachment last December and January, and accused him of crimes against the nation he leads.
"In calling for this seditious act, the president has committed an indescribable attack on our nation and our people," said Pelosi.
In contrast to 2019 and 2020, she only has a few days to enforce impeachment proceedings. This time around, however, there is a far greater chance that 12 Republican senators will join the Democrats to condemn open disgust for the president or his actions. Among those Democrats would be Pat Toomey from Pennsylvania and the ultra-conservative Tom Cotton, Mike Lee from Utah and Rob Portman from Ohio.
In a number of developments Thursday:
- Another bomb fell just after 1 p.m. when Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary and wife of Mitch McConnell, resigned over the violence – the first member of Trump's cabinet to resign
- Members of the Democratic House distributed draft impeachment proceedings accusing Trump of inciting violent sedition and endangering national security
- Facebook banned Trump from his account until at least his last day in office and possibly indefinitely
- Joe Biden – without prompting – advocated the use of the 25th Amendment to the Constitution when he described the mobs as an "attack on democracy".
- The Washington D.C. Attorney's Office says Trump is under investigation for incitement to the riot, while Lindsey Graham said if the president does anything else he should be removed
- Former Attorney General Bill Barr said, "It is inexcusable to orchestrate a mob to put pressure on Congress."
- White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany abruptly called a press conference Thursday night condemning violence but taking no responsibility for it
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that President Donald Trump caused "uproar" against the United States when she and Senator Chuck Schumer called for the president to be impeached
Pelosi put pressure on Vice President Mike Pence, telling him to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office. Both Democratic leaders called Pence to demand Trump's impeachment – but were put on hold. Pence will be brought to the chamber of the house on Thursday
What happened in the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an uprising against the United States instigated by the President. This president should not stay in office for a day, "said Chuck Schumer in a statement on Thursday
Pelosi tweeted shortly after her press conference: "Trump is deadly to our democracy and our people. He has to go now & # 39;
Amid its focus on methods of impeaching the president, The New York Times reported that President Trump spoke with his advisors about the possibility of granting self-forgiveness in the days leading up to his departure from office.
It's an untested question that courts would consider valid as a presidential pardon. Richard Nixon was pardoned by President Gerald Ford when he stepped down to Watergate.
Trump has told advisors since Election Day that he was considering the idea despite pardoning political supporters such as former National Security Advisor General Mike Flynn, who withdrew his guilty pledge of lying to the FBI in the Russia investigation.
Trump tweeted that he has the power to forgive himself, but said he doesn't need one. The U.S. attorney in DC said Thursday that the office would investigate those who instigated the rioters who stormed the Capitol, not just the vandals themselves.
WHO HAS COME FROM TRUMP ADMINISTRATION SINCE MAGA MOBBED CAPITOL HILL?
Education Minister Betsy DeVos
Minister of Transport Elaine Chao
Melania Trump's chief of staff Stephanie Grisham
White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta
Deputy National Security Advisor Matt Pottinger
Deputy Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Intelligence and Security John Costello
Special Envoy for Northern Ireland and Former OMB Director and White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney
The Senior Director of the National Security Council for Europe and Russia, Ryan Tully
Deputy Press Secretary Sarah Matthews
Trump has also considered pardons for family members Ivanka Trump, Donald Trump Jr., Eric Trump and son-in-law Jared Kushner. He's also considering one for personal attorney Rudy Giuliani, who spoke to the rally crowd on Wednesday calling for a "trial by fight".
The talks preceded the events on Monday and also before Trump's January 2 call to Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, who urged them to find 11,780 votes that would make him the winner there, in a call to the Washington Post.
This call could bring legal exposure for a possible violation of laws to meddle in an election. State officials have said they are looking into it. Trump could only forgive himself for federal crimes.
Wednesday's chaotic events are unlikely to cause Trump to abandon thoughts of the pardon. House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said Thursday that he had instigated an armed uprising against America. & # 39;
Pelosi put pressure on Vice President Mike Pence, who chaired a joint meeting, to count the votes to nominate Joe Biden for president in a race. Trump falsely claims he won – and urged him to invoke the 25th amendment to remove Trump from office.
& # 39; The joyful desecration of the U.S. Capitol, which is the temple of our American democracy, and the violence against Congress are horrors that will forever tarnish our nation's history – instigated by the President of the United States. That's why it's such a stain, ”she intoned.
"By causing a riot like yesterday, he must be removed from office," she said of Trump. "While it's only 13 days left, any day can be a horror show for America," she said of Trump's remaining tenure.
I join the Senate Democratic leader in calling on the Vice-President to remove that President by invoking the 25th amendment immediately. If the Vice President and Cabinet fail to act, Congress may be ready to push the impeachment, ”she said.
She said it was an idea supported by her caucus. Senate minority chairman Charles Schumer made a similar threat in a brief statement Thursday.
She called Trump "a complete tool for Putin".
Putin's aim was to narrow the view of democracy in the world. That's what it was about him … the President gave Putin the largest of his many gifts to Putin, the largest one yesterday, ”she said of the Russian President.
Pelosi tweeted shortly after their event: "Trump is deadly to our democracy and our people. He has to go now. & # 39;
Schumer becomes majority leader as soon as Joe Biden is sworn in.
He spoke amid growing concerns among Trump Cabinet officials, former top aide aides and his recently deceased Attorney General Bill Barr about the president's conduct and the ongoing risks the president could pose to the country.
But there was no indication of how Republicans will behave – and in the early afternoon, Elaine Chao, the transportation secretary and wife of Mitch McConnell, resigned, preventing her from removing Trump from office.
"The quickest and most effective way to remove this president from office is for the vice-president to immediately invoke the 25th amendment," said Schumer.
"If the vice president and cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should meet again to indict the president," added Schumer.
His statement came shortly after Illinois Republican MP Adam Kinzinger became the first House Republican elected to call on the Trump Cabinet and Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump's power.
Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger urged Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove Donald Trump by immediately invoking the 25th amendment. He posted a video on Twitter saying he was calling for Donald Trump to be removed from office "for the sake of our democracy".
"It is with a heavy heart that I call in the interests of our democracy to make use of the 25th amendment," said Kinzinger in a statement he posted on Twitter.
Kinzinger said Trump "evoked and ignited passions that only fueled the insurrection we saw".
His comment followed reporters that members of Trump's Cabinet discussed using the 25th amendment to the Constitution to declare him incapable
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) Has published impeachment proceedings drafted with Rep Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) And Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.).
The articles state that Trump "was involved in high crimes and misdemeanors" by "deliberately inciting violence against the United States government."
The articles cite Trump's Wednesday remarks to supporters just before they stormed the Capitol during the election. "Shortly before the joint congressional session," Trump spoke to supporters, where he "repeated false claims," We won this election and we won it by a landslide, "the articles say. Trump also" made deliberate statements, " that encouraged – and predictably led to – imminent lawless action in the Capitol.
AOC says cabinet should use the 25th amendment, and Congress should indict – and want Republican instigators to be expelled from the House and Senate
The articles say a mob "instigated by President Trump" violated the Capitol and "disrupted the formal constitutional duty of the Joint Session" to confirm the findings.
They say the measures "were in line with his previous efforts to undermine and hamper the certification of results". You mention his January 2 call with Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger asking the official to find 11,780 votes that would bring him victory.
Georgia confirmed the vote for Joe Biden.
Trump "seriously endangered the security" of the US and its government institutions, the articles say. IT calls his actions "grossly incompatible with self-government and the rule of law".
If Trump were indicted and convicted, he would not be able to hold any future "honor, trust or profit" office under the US
Joe Biden said he would not ask questions about whether the 25th amendment should be used to remove President Trump from office.
Biden made the statement above in his announcement of his candidate for the attorney general, stating that he wanted to focus on today's ideas instead.
“I know you will have a lot of questions, but I want to focus on today's idea, the judiciary and the attorney general's office, so that from the 25th I will have time to answer the questions you ask about everything want to amend, but I am not going to speak about that today. I want the topic to focus on that because I think it's so important, ”he told the reporters room in Wilmington, Del.
Biden described Wednesday's attack on the Capitol as "one of the darkest days in our nation's history."
He called the mob "domestic terrorists".
& # 39; They weren't protesters. Don't you dare to call them protesters. You were a riotous mob, insurgent. Domestic terrorists, ”he said.
MEP Ilhan Omar has presented impeachment proceedings. "We have to act quickly to remove this president from office," she said
Rep. David Cicilline (D-R.I.) Has published impeachment proceedings drafted with Rep Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) And Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). The articles state that Trump "was involved in high crimes and misdemeanors" by "deliberately inciting violence against the United States government."
Former Attorney General Bill Barr, who resigned before Christmas, called on Trump to "orchestrate a mob".
Barr called it a "betrayal of his office and his followers".
He told the Associated Press that "orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable".
The talk of using the 25th Amendment comes amid fears of the damage Trump could possibly do even in the short two weeks of his tenure as a White House aide, and he continues to hit enemies – with military control and massive Executive power.
After the failed impeachment process in January, several House Democrats are talking about rushing through impeachment proceedings.
The 25th amendment, which also governs a president who voluntarily temporarily relinquishes power, requires that the vice-president and "a majority of the chief officers of the executive departments or any other body that Congress may provide by law" allow Congress that the president "not is able to perform the powers and duties of his office ".
Former Attorney General Bill Barr said, "It is inexcusable to pressurize a mob to pressurize Congress."
End of the game: Mike Pence finally sealed Joe Biden's election victory in the early hours of Thursday morning, declaring once and for all that Donald Trump had lost the election in the electoral college by a margin of 306-232
MP Andy Kim clears up debris and personal belongings on the rotunda floor in the early hours of Thursday morning
Senator Tim Scott stops in the early hours of Thursday to look for damage after protesters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday
WHAT DOES THE 25TH AMENDMENT SAY? CAN TRUMPS CABINET REALLY POT HIM?
The The 25th amendment to the US Constitution deals with the authority of the president in the event of death or impeachment and was ratified in 1967 after the assassination of John F. Kennedy.
What does the 25th amendment say?
It consists of four sections, all of which deal with the President leaving office during his elected term.
The first section says that if the president dies, or resigns or is removed, the vice president will take over the oval office, which was not clearly stated in the original constitution.
Presidents can of course be removed from office, a feature of the constitution from the start. They can also be removed by the 25th amendment – of which below.
Section II states that both the House and Senate must approve a new Vice President if the Vice President dies, or resigns, or is dismissed. Until 1967 the presidents could change the vice-presidents themselves in the medium term if they asked the vice-president to resign – not something that actually happened, but was possible in principle.
Section III clarifies that a president can temporarily delegate his or her powers to the vice-president and later reclaim them when he or she is able to serve. This is most commonly invoked when a president is under the influence of a surgical anesthetic for a short period of time.
Section IV is the most controversial part of the amendment: it describes how the President can be removed from office if he is incapacitated and does not leave alone.
The vice president and "a majority of officers in the executive departments or any other body that Congress may determine" must write to both presidents per tempo of the Senate and the President of the House, saying, "The President is unable to perform the powers and duties of his office."
The term chief officers of the executive departments would normally mean the cabinet secretaries.
At least eight of the President's 15 highest cabinet members must therefore agree, along with the Vice President, that a President should be removed before a plan can be implemented.
Notification of the President of Parliament and the President of the Senate per tempo is the act that immediately elevates the Vice President to the role of "Acting President".
The deposed president can contest the claim and give the leaders of the bloodless coup four days to re-assert their claims against the House of Representatives and the Senate.
Congress then has two days to convene – if it is not already in session – and another 21 days to vote on whether the president is unable to serve. A two-thirds majority in both houses is required for this decision.
As soon as a two-thirds majority vote takes place, the president loses his powers and is removed. The vice president ceases to act and is sworn in as president.
However, if 21 days of debate and voting end without a two-thirds majority, the President regains his powers.
What could happen to trigger the 25th Amendment?
Vice President Mike Pence and eight of the 15 "key" cabinet members would have to agree to tell Congress that President Donald Trump is unable to rule the country.
This group consists of the Foreign Minister, the Treasury Secretary, the Defense Minister, the Attorney General, the Home Secretary, the Agriculture Minister, the Trade Minister, the Labor Minister, the Secretary for Health and Human Services, the Transport Minister, the Energy Minister, the Education Minister, and the Veterans Affairs Secretary and Homeland Security Minister .
Your formal notification would go to the Speaker of the House of Representatives and in the Senate to the "President pro Tempore," the highest member of the Senate. Once the letter is mailed, Pence becomes the "acting president".
Alternatively, Congress could set up its own mechanism to decide whether it is fit for office – possibly a commission or a joint committee. Pence would still have to agree with his conclusion and then formally write pro tempore to the spokesman and president.
Or another possibility is that the pool of "chief officers" is seen as larger than 15 and a majority of that group consider Trump incompetent.
What if Trump disagrees?
If Trump claims he is fit to take office, he would write to the House Speaker and the Senate President within four days and initiate an intense three-week debate in both Houses of Congress.
Trump would be removed from office if both two-thirds majorities in both the House and Senate agreed with Pence and his cabal.
If either chamber failed to hit that mark, Trump would retain his powers and likely embark on a full house cleaning, firing pence and replacing disloyal cabinet members.
Are there any gaps?
The 25th amendment allows Congress to appoint its own body to evaluate the president, rather than relying on the cabinet – the men and women who work most closely with Trump – to decide how to proceed.
It states that "some other body as Congress requires" could play that role, but Pence would still have to agree to any finding that the president is incapable of performing his duties.
This commission could, hypothetically, include anyone from the presidential historian to the psychiatrist charged with assessing the presidential authority.
Another loophole is that it does not state that the cabinet has to agree, but that the "chief officials" of the departments are needed. This term is not defined in the constitution. In some departments, the legislation appears to designate not only the secretary but also the MPs and even the under-secretaries as "chief officers" so that many more people could be involved in assessing Trump's fitness.
But Trump's cabinet has a lot of "acting" cabinet officials – and it is unclear if that is why they could participate in removing him.
Could Trump Fire Pence If He Rebels?
Yes, in principle. If Trump smelled a hint of anger – if pence and a cabal of cabinet members, or pence and a jury assembled by Congress seemed ready to judge him incapacitated – he could fire his vice president with the stroke of a pen to stop the process.
However, installing a more loyal vice president could be problematic as the 25th amendment includes its own poison pill: both Houses of Congress must vote to approve a new vice president.
That means Trump would run against the same Congress that would vote on his eligibility for office, unless the process unfolded in the weeks leading up to a new Congress.
In theory, a democratically controlled Congress could make life dramatically more difficult for the president if he came to power in the middle of the constitutional crisis.
One scenario, however, seems to surprise the president's historians: Firing pence before the trial begins and then vacating the vice presidency would not provide Congress with a practical way forward. That would represent a constitutional crisis of its own.
Is there a precedent for this?
No. Only Section III, the voluntary transfer of powers to the President, has ever been used, and for a very brief period.
In December 1978, President Jimmy Carter considered using Section III when considering surgery to remove hemorrhoids.
Presidents Ronald Reagan and George W. Bush both voluntarily gave up their powers while under anesthesia.
Section IV was also never invoked, although it was alleged that Ronald Reagan's Chief of Staff Donald Regan had advised his successor, Howard Baker, in 1987 that he should be willing to invoke it because Reagan was inattentive and inept.
The PBS documentary & # 39; American Experience & # 39; tells how Baker and his team watched Reagan closely for signs of incompetence when they first met and found that he was in perfect control of himself.
In another blow to Trump, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said that Trump would be blocked by both the Facebook and Instagram platforms at least until the day of his inauguration because the risks were "too great".
Several Trump cabinet members serve on an "acting" basis and have not been ratified by the Senate. This brings the number of 16 department heads that would participate in a 25th Amendment scenario off the threshold. A post-election purge brought out Secretary of Defense and Attorney General Bill Barr.
Half of the cabinet would have to vote, and Pence would then pass information to Congress, thereby making him incumbent president while other processes proceed.
A runaway at the GOP conference for years, Kinzinger has beaten Trump publicly and in cable television interviews when he believes Trump is misleading democratic norms. But his public statement, made from his Capitol office in front of a US flag, shows how quickly the possibility of action has jumped from fantasy to reality following the breathtaking events on Wednesday at the Capitol.
The new speech of the 25th Amendment came as Trump administration officials continued to step down and issue statements denouncing Trump's behavior.
Former White House Chief of Staff Mick Mulvaney resigned from his diplomatic post in protest of efforts to "overtake the government."
"I can't do it," said Mulvaney, who called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, another former Republican in the House, to convey his views.
Mulvaney, a former member of the South Carolina House of Representatives who left Congress to join Trump's team, spoke out on CNBC after a pro-Trump mob stormed the Capitol after hearing about President Trump and his unsupported claims mass electoral fraud had been encouraged to march there.
“I called Mike Pompeo last night to let him know I resigned. I can't do it. I can't stay, ”he said, relinquishing his post as US special envoy to Northern Ireland in the last few weeks of the Trump administration.
He said he wouldn't be surprised to see more of my friends step down in the next 24 to 48 hours. Mulvaney served in the house with Pompeo.
"Those who choose to stay, and I've spoken to some of them, choose to stay because they fear the president might make someone worse," he said, making an argument that was widely used by high-ranking Trump- Officials who lingered for months or more years, despite having doubts they later shared about Trump, I cannot stay here. Not after yesterday, ”he said, with a model of Air Force One and a presidential seal in the background during a video interview.
Agriculture Minister Sonny Perdue said he had not resigned and discussed the 25th Amendment with Pence or anyone else. CNN reported.
But he condemned Trump, saying: "Encouraging people not to have a peaceful transfer of power was not the right thing to do."
Donald Trump – pictured at Wednesday's rally near the White House where he frenzied his supporters by repeating his false claims of election fraud – finally accepted his fate Thursday morning and promised on January 20 when Joe Biden, an "orderly transition" will take office after he has been confirmed once and for all as the election winner
Trump's reluctant confirmation that Joe Biden will take office on Jan. 20 was posted on Twitter by White House aide Dan Scavino after the president's own account was banned Wednesday for inciting violence
Thousands of Donald Trump's most ardent supporters came to Capitol Hill Wednesday to protest the presidential election results and to prevent Congress from confirming Joe Biden's victory
Acting Secretary of State for Homeland Security, Chad Wolf, called the actions of Trump supporters who raged through the Capitol as "sick" – and asked President Trump publicly to condemn the violence.
"What happened yesterday was tragic and disgusting," said Wolf in a statement on Thursday.
“While I have consistently condemned political violence on both sides of the aisle, especially violence against law enforcement agencies, we now see some supporters of the President using violence as a means of achieving political ends. This is unacceptable. These violent actions are incomprehensible and I beg the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday, ”said Wolf.
“DHS takes the security of all Americans very seriously – it is at the heart of our mission to defend our homeland. Any appearance of violence by an elected official is contrary to who we are as Americans, ”Wolf continued.
He said he would remain in his post "to ensure the ministry continues to focus on the serious threats to our country and an orderly transition to President-elect Biden's DHS team."
Guns on the floor of the house: Capitol police aim their firearms at a destroyed door during the hours of carnage that broke out Wednesday after Trump urged supporters to protest the election result
Mockery: A Trump supporter puts his feet on house spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi's desk after stormed into the Capitol during an unprecedented attempt to undermine a democratic election and keep Donald Trump in power
Fire and Fury: A flash of police ammunition illuminates the steps of the Capitol during the invasion by a Trump-instigated mob
A large crowd of Trump supporters had appeared at the President's urging to protest the results of a fair democratic election
Donald Trump finally accepted his fate shortly before 4 a.m. Thursday after Vice President Mike Pence ended his desperate campaign to topple the election – still not properly conceding and instead the "end of the greatest first term in history" rolled into one Tweet an aide to boast mobile phone.
The vice president dropped the hammer on the Trump coup at 3:41 a.m. Thursday morning, confirming the victory of President-elect Joe Biden – despite attempts by numerous Republicans and a violent MAGA mob to overthrow him.
After Pence defied his boss to settle the 2020 election once and for all, Trump eventually said there would be an "orderly transition" – a hallmark of American democracy he has repeatedly questioned – but claimed falsely that the election was stolen in spite of everything 50 states, a number of judges and now the US Congress reject challenges to the result.
Banned from Twitter, the message was sent by Dan Scavino, his social media guru turned golf caddy.
"Auch wenn ich mit dem Wahlergebnis überhaupt nicht einverstanden bin und die Fakten mich bestätigen, wird es am 20. Januar dennoch einen geordneten Übergang geben", sagte Trump in einer Erklärung, die Adjutanten auf Twitter veröffentlicht haben, nachdem das Konto des Präsidenten wegen Aufregung gesperrt worden war Gewalt.
"Ich habe immer gesagt, wir würden unseren Kampf fortsetzen, um sicherzustellen, dass nur legale Stimmen gezählt werden", sagte Trump. "Während dies das Ende der größten ersten Amtszeit in der Geschichte des Präsidenten darstellt, ist es nur der Beginn unseres Kampfes, Amerika wieder großartig zu machen." Pence gab die letzte Ankündigung nach einer fast 15-stündigen Saga bekannt, in der Anhänger von Präsident Trump an einem Tag voller Gemetzel und Scham, an dem vier Tote starben, Rohrbomben, Langwaffen und Molotow-Cocktails auf dem Capitol-Gelände entdeckten – und ließ Amerikas Image als Leuchtfeuer der Demokratie ins Wanken geraten.
Der Mob ging direkt durch die Hallen des Kongresses, durchsuchte Büros und machte dreist Fotos
Trump-Anhänger versuchen, sich durch eine Polizeibarrikade zu rammen, als sie über die Wahlniederlage des Präsidenten tobten
Trump-Anhänger marschierten durch die Rotunde des Kapitols, nachdem sie gegen die scheinbar schwache Sicherheit verstoßen hatten – ein starker Kontrast zu den hartnäckigen Razzien, die Trump letzten Sommer gegen Demonstranten der Black Lives Matter angeordnet hatte
Trash- und Trump-Schilder sind neben der Statue von Andrew Jackson zu sehen – Monate nachdem der Präsident die Entweihung von Denkmälern für umstrittene Persönlichkeiten der amerikanischen Geschichte verurteilt hatte
Ein Demonstrant sitzt in der Senatskammer inmitten einer Invasion, die den Kongress zwang, seine gemeinsame Sitzung auszusetzen, um den Sieg des gewählten Präsidenten Joe Biden über das Wahlkollegium 306-232 gegen Präsident Donald Trump zu ratifizieren
The MAGA mob, which included white supremacists, Holocaust deniers and supporters of Q Anon, broke confirmation of the results when they pushed through police barriers, stormed into the Capitol halls and even sat in the Senate Chamber.
Sie plünderten Büros, zerstörten Statuen und konfrontierten die Polizei, als sie mit Flaggen der Konföderierten durch das Kapitol tobten, in Stunden der Anarchie, die die Welt schockierten und die Biden als "Aufstand" bezeichnete.
Als die Welt ungläubig zusah, waren viele schockiert darüber, wie leicht die Invasoren die Gänge der amerikanischen Demokratie durchbrochen hatten – im Gegensatz zu den laxen Sicherheitsmaßnahmen, die Trump auf dem Höhepunkt der Proteste gegen Black Lives Matter im vergangenen Sommer angeordnet hatte.
Selbst als Eindringlinge das Kapitol entweihten, soll Trump die Nationalgarde nur ungern eingesetzt haben. Berichten zufolge lehnte er die Anfrage ab und widersetzte sich ihr, bevor Pence und andere sie schließlich zustande brachten.
Legislators were rushed from the floor of the House and Senate – and brought back under armed guard at 8 p.m. while the mob opposed a curfew in DC. The angry president tweeted, “You are special. You are loved. & # 39;
Eine Frau – die 14-jährige Veteranin der Luftwaffe, Ashli Babbit – wurde im Gebäude erschossen, drei weitere während des Gemetzels aufgrund nicht näher bezeichneter „medizinischer Notfälle“. Der Polizeichef von Washington, Robert Contee, sagte, 14 Beamte seien verletzt worden, einer von ihnen sei in eine Menschenmenge gezogen und angegriffen worden, während 52 Personen festgenommen worden seien.
Anhänger von Donald Trump stürmten am Mittwoch das Kapitol inmitten der Frage, wie sie so leicht gegen die Sicherheit verstoßen konnten
A woman was shot in the chest Wednesday afternoon after chaotic scenes erupted when dozens of Trump supporters broke security lines at the Capitol. She died hours later in a hospital
Die Belagerung brachte ein stundenlanges Ende des normalerweise feierlichen demokratischen Rituals, das Wahlergebnis endgültig zu besiegeln. Als der Gesetzgeber schließlich in seine Kammern zurückkehrte, stellten die Republikaner, die versuchten, Bidens Sieg zu widerstehen, fest, dass ihre Zahl zurückgegangen war, und alle ihre Einwände wurden abgelehnt.
Das Spektakel einer gewalttätigen Bande, die durch die Legislative tobte und versuchte, ein Wahlergebnis zu stürzen, löste Empörung und Angst bei den anderen Demokratien Amerikas aus. Der Brite Boris Johnson verurteilte die "schändlichen Szenen" und die Deutsche Angela Merkel sagte, sie sei "wütend und traurig" über das Chaos .
Es wurde auch von Amerikas autoritären Rivalen ergriffen, um den Zustand der US-Demokratie zu verspotten. Der Iran nannte ihn "fragil und verletzlich" und Russland sagte, dass das Wahlsystem "nicht den modernen demokratischen Standards entspricht".
Der frühere Präsident Barack Obama beschrieb den Aufstand als "Moment großer Schande und Schande für unsere Nation", während sein Vorgänger George W. Bush sagte, "so werden die Wahlergebnisse in einer Bananenrepublik bestritten".
Congress' overwhelming rejection of attempts to overturn the vote and Pence's role in it will surely further enrage Trump, who wanted his VP to unilaterally overrule Biden's win – and he was left further isolated by the resignation of multiple White House aides including former press secretary Stephanie Grisham.
Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, social secretary Rickie Niceta and deputy press secretary Sarah Matthews also quit, with more resignations expected from aides disgusted with Trump's conduct.
The president was banished from Twitter for 12 hours Wednesday due to violating the company's rules meaning he could not vent on his favorite medium. The ban was due to expire at 5am Thursday morning, but there was no immediate word on whether Trump's access had been restored.
The Republican offer to overthrow President-elect Joe Biden's victory ended early Thursday morning after the Senate voted 92-7 to reject a challenge to the Pennsylvania electoral college
Protesters broke windows to gain access to the Capitol as lawmakers were brought to safety on Wednesday afternoon
America's rivals gloat over Capitol chaos
America's authoritarian rivals have delighted in the chaos at the Capitol, with Iran reveling in the 'fragility of Western democracy' and Venezuela mimicking the kind of criticism it usually receives from Washington.
In a speech broadcast by state television, Rouhani said: 'What we saw in the United States yesterday evening and today shows above all how fragile and vulnerable Western democracy is.'
In China, state-run tabloid Global Times crowed that 'bubbles of democracy and freedom have burst' in America. It also compared the chaos to the Hong Kong protests in 2019, mocking US politicians who had praised the demonstrations there.
In Russia, foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the 'archaic' US system was to blame for the rampage.
'The electoral system in the United States is archaic, it does not meed modern democratic standards, creating opportunities for numerous violations, and the American media have become an instrument of political struggle,' Zakharova said.
And in Veneuzela, parodying the kind of statements that usually come from Washington, authorities expressed 'concern' about the violence while calling for the US follow a path of 'stability' and 'social justice'.
Although Trump still refuses to accept he lost the election, his early-morning statement was the first time he had fully acknowledged that he will be leaving the White House on January 20.
The president has spent the last two months refusing to concede and lobbing baseless allegations of widespread voter fraud, even though his own Justice Department, federal courts and state governments have said repeatedly the vote was carried out freely and fairly.
Just 13 days before his presidency, Trump is at war with Mitch McConnell, facing whispers from his own cabinet trying to evict him and Democrats openly discussing prosecuting him again – while only a handful of Senators are among remains loyal to the leadership of Ted Cruz and Josh Hawley and the majority of the House's GOP.
It was Hawley who made Congress sit late into the night. Biden was at 244 of the 270 Electoral College votes needed when a final challenge of Pennsylvania's count pushed lawmakers back into their respective chambers.
In the Senate, Majority Leader Mitch McConnell skipped the two hours of permitted debate and went straight to a vote.
The upper chamber voted 92-7 to overrule the Republicans' objection – with some Republicans changing sides to vote with the majority after the carnage of the preceding hours.
'We don't expect additional votes tonight,' McConnell said when things were done. McConnell had opposed the GOP's efforts to question the electoral college vote from the start.
The House continued the debate and then voted 282-138 votes to overcome the Pennsylvania challenge. 64 Republicans voted alongside Democrats to form the majority.
Both houses have to vote for a challenge in order for it to be successful.
Republicans in the House and Senate had earlier challenged the votes in Arizona – which prompted two hours of debate, interrupted by the MAGA riot – and that objection was overwhelmingly overruled.
House Republicans also tried to challenge the results in Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, but GOP senators would no longer sign on after the day's dramatic events.
& # 39; Lord. President before today's actions and events, but after today's events, some senators seem to have withdrawn their objection, "admitted Georgia Rep. Jody Hice as he questioned the results in his state.
Congressional staffers barricade themselves inside their offices as Trump supporters rampage through the Capitol Building
Trump's supporters had gathered to demand that the will of the American people be overturned by the House and Senate
The Confederate flag was flew in the hallways of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday after a Trump supporter brought it inside
People wearing gas masks take shelter in the House gallery as protesters try to break into America's lower chamber
Trump taken off social media after praising rioters
Twitter banned Donald Trump's account for 12 hours and deleted his tweets for the first time after praising the mob that stormed Congress and saying they "loved" her.
YouTube and Facebook also followed suit to remove the posts, and Facebook and Instagram blocked Trump from their platform for 24 hours.
Snapchat blocked him on Wednesday morning before shooting the video. The platform said their account suspension was perpetual.
In the deleted video, he poured more fuel on the fire, claimed the election was "stolen" and told the rioters that he "loved" it.
Twitter said it had removed the tweets for violating their 'Civic Integrity policy'.
"Due to the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC, we had to remove three @ realDonaldTrump tweets that were released today for repeated and serious violations of our Civic Integrity Policy," the social media company said.
& # 39; This means that @realDonaldTrump's account will be suspended for 12 hours after removing these Tweets. If the tweets are not removed, the account will remain suspended. '
At around 4 a.m., Rep. Louie Gohmert attempted another challenge – for the state of Wisconsin – but another senator had withdrawn.
This marked the end of the MAGA campaign to upgrade an election, and Pence read the results of the electoral college: Biden 306, Trump 232.
But he managed to avoid saying 'Joe Biden is the winner' or similar words – a minor softening of the blow to Trump by the deputy who had been until this week perhaps his most devoted follower.
"For those who wreaked havoc in our capital today, you didn't win," Pence said after lawmakers returned to their seats. & # 39; Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And that's still the people's house. '
The vice president who chaired the special constitutional session called it a "dark day in the history of the United States Capitol".
& # 39; But thanks to the swift efforts of the U.S. Capitol Police, federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, the violence has been suppressed. The Capitol is secure and the work of the people goes on, ”Pence said.
But, amazingly – and to the disgust of Republicans, including Mitt Romney and all Democrats – some Republicans continued their doomed attempt to reverse the election result.
The oldest was Kevin McCarthy, a minority chairman of the House of Representatives, who claimed the persistence was evidence that Congress was not ravaged by violence. And Josh Hawley, the Missouri Senator who gave the mob a clenched fist before storming the Capitol, also refused to resign even after other objectionable senators abandoned the campaign.
“Americans are going to bed tonight. Your lasting memory should not be a congress overrun by rioters. It has to be a determined Congress that has a healthy debate, ”said McCarthy.
“We may not agree very much in America, but tonight we have to show the world that we are respectful but that we thoroughly perform the most basic duties of democracy. We will continue with the task we were sent here to do.
'We will follow the Constitution and the law and the process for hearing valid concerns about election integrity. We will do it with respect. '
Senator Josh Hawley, who became the first Senator to pledge to support the House GOP's efforts to object to the polls of certain states' electoral college votes, declined to abandon the effort entirely
Sen Ted Cruz watches as the certification process continues despite objections from him and other Republicans
Senator Hawley, who became the first Senator to pledge to support the House GOP's efforts to object to the number of votes for certain states' electoral college, declined to abandon the effort entirely.
The Missouri Republican argued that the Senate was the right place to allay concerns about election fraud – as opposed to a violent riot.
Pence ordered National Guard to the Capitol after Trump 'resisted'
Mike Pence made the call to activate the National Guard after Trump supporters ran wild in the Capitol Building, it has been revealed.
Acting Pentagon chief Christopher Miller revealed that he spoke to Pence and not Trump, the Commander in Chief, before sending in the Guard to clear out rioters.
Maggie Haberman, the New York Times's White House correspondent, later revealed that Trump had 'rebuffed and resisted' attempts to call in the guard before 'White House advisers' intervened to get the move approved.
Meanwhile White House National Security Advisor Robert O'Brien praised Pence's courage for certifying the state election results – a typically routine task that was thrust under the spotlight after Trump falsely suggested that Pence had the power to reject the result and declare him the victor.
'I just spoke with Vice President Pence. He is a genuinely fine and decent man. He exhibited courage today as he did at the Capitol on 9/11 as a Congressman. I am proud to serve with him,' wrote O'Brien.
"You can't change anything by force," said Hawley. “And that's why I tell my colleagues that what we're doing here tonight is actually very important. Because of those who have concerns about the integrity of our elections … this is the appropriate means, this is the lawful place where these objections and concerns should be heard. '
He hoped the Senate could address concerns "peacefully, without violence, without attacks, without bullets."
Hawley also used the Arizona debate to complain about Pennsylvania, correctly foreseeing that there would be no full debate about that state's results.
"And so, Mr. President, instead of saying a word about it later, let me say a word about Pennsylvania – this is a state that I have focused on and objected to," said Hawley.
He then complained that the state had set up "universal mail-in voting".
"And did it regardless of what the Pennsylvania Constitution says," Hawley said, using the wrong word for independent.
The Senator then turned down, as the Pennsylvania Supreme Court made its ruling, and upheld the law that allowed increased postal voting during the coronavirus pandemic.
Immediately after Hawley spoke, Senator Mitt Romney applauded Senators like Loeffler and Lankford who had given up on Hawley and the "dirty dozen" efforts.
"The best way to show respect to disgruntled voters is to tell them the truth," pleaded Romney.
And the truth, he said, was that President-elect Biden won the election. President Trump lost. '
"I've had this experience myself, it's not fun," said Romney, pointing to the loss of the 2012 presidential election to Democratic President Barack Obama.
As he closed, Romney received a standing ovation from some senators – but not from Hawley, who was sitting directly in front of him.
McConnell, who previously punished members of his own party who tried to object to the electoral college vote, said, "The United States Senate will not be intimidated." Pence's conviction was followed by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, with Schumer – a New York Democrat – blaming Trump
An armed security agent tries to maintain order in the Capitol during what Joe Biden described as an 'insurrection'
Pro-Trump supporters storm the U.S. Capitol after a rally with President Donald Trump on Jan. 6
As 2 a.m. approached, Rep Conor Lamb, a Pennsylvania Democrat representing the Pittsburgh area, discharged the Republicans who were protesting his state's vote.
Lamb first read from the speech he was about to make before the riot, including the fact that Allegheny County's vote counting operation had & # 39; 31 video cameras! ' he said and raised his voice.
“These objections do not deserve the slightest bit of respect. Not an ounce, ”he said then.
"A woman died out there tonight and you have these objections," Lamb went on. "Let's make it clear what happened in this chamber today: For the first time since the war of 1812, invaders came in."
Lamb nodded at a group of his Republican colleagues.
“We know that this attack did not happen out of nowhere today. It was inspired by lies, the same lies you are hearing in this room tonight, and the members repeating those lies should be ashamed, ”Lamb said. "Your constituents should be ashamed of them."
Rep. Morgan Griffith called to have Lamb's comments removed from the file.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi knocked down his request and later stated that he was not moving fast enough. She said it must "happen just as the words are spoken".
Nearby, Capitol Hill reporters said that there was almost a dispute among lawmakers, involving Maryland Republican Andy Harris and Democrat Texas All. Colin Allred were involved.
Allred is a former professional soccer player.
As 2 a.m. approached, Rep Conor Lamb (pictured), a Pennsylvania Democrat representing the Pittsburgh area, discharged Republicans who were protesting his state's vote
Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi opened the House of Representatives on Wednesday evening with a vow to remain until the election and victory of Joe Biden are confirmed.
"Congress has returned to the Capitol," she said seven hours after the chamber closed as rioters tried to break through its doors. “We always knew that this responsibility would lead us into the night and stay as long as it takes. Our goal is achieved. We have to and we will show the country. '
"We know we are in difficult times, but we could hardly have imagined the attack on our democracy," she said, referring to the pro-Trump insurgents who tried to stop the joint session.
She said it was the legislature's duty to show the world "the peaceful transfer of power from one president to the next".
Just before all the members of the house were evacuated at around 2:30 p.m., the Capitol Police approached Pelosi, who was running the chamber from the lectern and telling her to go.
Pelosi made no fuss and turned her duties over to the House Rules Chairman, Jim McGovern.
He told reporters on Capitol Hill that she whispered "thank you" and handed him the hammer when she was led away.
House Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Will lead the House Chamber after they are reunited
Some Republican senators pulled back from the original plan to object after pro-Trump insurgents rushed the Capitol.
But House Republican Leader McCarthy said it was lawmakers' duty to conduct 'healthy debate' and to hear 'valid concerns about election integrity.'
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Marjorie Taylor Greene
“When Americans go to bed tonight, their lasting memory shouldn't be a Congress overrun by rioters. It has to be a determined Congress that has a healthy debate. We may not agree very much in America, but tonight we must show the world that we will respectfully but thoroughly fulfill the most basic duties of democracy. We will continue with the task we were sent here to do. We will follow the Constitution and the law, as well as the process of hearing legitimate concerns about electoral integrity. We'll do it with respect, ”he said on the floor of the house after the chamber was reopened.
But he also condemned the rioters.
"We saw the worst in America this afternoon," he said.
McCarthy also cautioned lawmakers to think twice about what it posts on social media. Contributions from Republicans, including President Trump, falsely claiming the elections were rigged and fraudulent actions were believed to have helped stimulate the mob that looted the Capitol.
"We should also think for a moment about what we post on social media," he said. “Just because you have a different personal opinion than I do, you have the right to speak it, but nobody has the right to become a mob. And we should all agree to condemn them all together. '
Pence's conviction was followed by Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell and Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer, with Schumer – a New York Democrat – blaming Trump.
"Today's events would certainly not have happened without him," said Schumer.
McConnell, who previously punished members of his own party who tried to object to the electoral college vote, said, "The United States Senate will not be intimidated."
& # 39; Will not be kept away from his chamber by thugs, mobs or threats. We're not going to bow down for lawlessness or intimidation, ”said the Kentucky Republican.
He said senators would do their constitutional duty – to confirm the results of the presidential race.
"And we'll do it tonight," McConnell said.
The Kentucky Republican stated, "Criminal conduct will never dominate the United States Congress."
Schumer followed him and admitted that he didn't have the right words to describe what happened on Capitol Hill Wednesday.
"I have never had or imagined the experience we just had at this Capitol," he said. "This temple of democracy has been desecrated, its windows broken, our offices destroyed."
Sen. Tim Scott, R-S.C., stops to look at damage in the early morning hours of Thursday, Jan. 7, 2021, after protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington, on Wednesday
Rep. Andy Kim, D-N.J., helps ATF police officers (special highly trained officers) clean up debris and personal belongings strewn across the floor of the Rotunda in the early morning hours of Thursday after protesters stormed the Capitol in Washington, DC, on Wednesday
Pro-Trump protesters gather outside the U.S. Capitol in Washington, DC on January 6, 2021
Legislators huddled in fear as protesters tried to break down the doors of the house chamber on Wednesday
He spoke of the woman who was shot during the riot and has since died from her injuries.
"We mourn for them and feel for their friends and family," said Schumer.
"This will be a stain on our land that will not be so easily washed away," he added.
And the soon-to-be majority leader, after the Democrats won both Georgia Senate runoffs, pointed a finger at Trump, calling the day's events the "last terrible indelible legacy of the 45th President of the United States."
"Undoubtedly our worst," argued Schumer.
"Today's events did not happen spontaneously, the president who promoted conspiracy theories, who motivated these thugs, a president who admonished them to come to our capital city of the United States, encouraged them, and hardly ever discouraged the violence. This president bears a lot of the blame, ”said Schumer.
He said those responsible for overtaking the capital could not be described as "protesters".
"They were rioters and insurgent thugs and thugs, domestic terrorists," said Schumer. & # 39; You don't represent America
The Senate Majority Leader spoke immediately after Pence to explain that the Chamber would not be intimidated by "thugs".
McConnell condemned Trump's offer to overthrow the election for the second time in a day, having previously delivered a powerful speech in which he drew off the efforts of members of his own caucus, the voters in states who voted for Joe Biden wanted to clear the path, blew up.
Wednesday night after Trump supporters broke the aisles, McConnell went for decades on "awkward" invaders – without mentioning that it was President Trump who encouraged his supporters to march to the Capitol.
Even so, he ripped off the Trump supporters who were running wildly around the chamber.
& # 39; The United States Senate will not be intimidated. We are not kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation, ”McConnell vowed.
& # 39; We're back to our posts. We will do our constitutional duty and our nation.
And we'll do it tonight, ”McConnell said.
The Kentucky Republican stated, "Criminal conduct will never dominate the United States Congress." Schumer followed him and admitted that he didn't have the right words to describe what happened on Capitol Hill Wednesday
Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the President's key allies in the Senate, threw water on the objectors' efforts, recalling how in 1876 three southern states – South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida – sent two electoral rolls to Congress to end post-Civil War reconstruction
His words have been both bolstered and undercut by his close association with Trump's tenure: McConnell's wife, Elaine Chao, serves as Trump's transportation secretary. McConnell spent weeks denouncing Trump's unsubstantiated claims that the election had been rigged. And in partnership with Trump, he achieved his life goal of stacking the judiciary with conservative lawyers.
Speaking with disdain for the mob that had invaded the Capitol, he said the country had "faced much greater threats than the awkward crowd we saw today."
Among the Republicans who opposed the plan to challenge the results was Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, known as an institutionalist before signing Senator Ted Cruz's effort
“We have never been deterred and we will not be deterred today. You tried to disrupt our democracy. You failed, ”he intoned.
He called it a "failed insurrection" and said it "only underscores the importance of the task ahead for our republic".
"Now we're going to finish exactly what we started," said McConnell. "We're going to complete the process the right way: according to the book."
He said the Senate would follow its precedents, laws and constitution "on the letter".
"And we will confirm the winner of the 2020 presidential election," he said urgently. & # 39; Criminal behavior will never dominate the United States Congress. This institution is resilient. Our democratic republic is strong. The American people deserve nothing less, ”he said.
Among the Republicans who opposed the plan to challenge the results was Senator James Lankford of Oklahoma, known as an institutionalist before signing Senator Ted Cruz's effort.
“Why in God's name would anyone think that attacking law enforcement officers occupying the United States Capitol is the best way to show you are right? Why would you do that? & # 39; he asked.
“Rioters and thugs don't run the capital, we are the United States of America. We disagree on many things and we have a lot of lively debates in this room. But we talk about it and we honor each other.
Lankford had served in the Senate, defending the opposition from votes in states won by Biden when officials evacuated the Chamber and locked the Capitol.
I was literally interrupted in mid-sentence as I spoke here. Because we all know what happened right in front of this room, ”he praised the law enforcement agencies protecting the Capitol.
Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, who lost her race to Democratic Rev. Raphael Warnock early on Wednesday morning, announced that she would no longer object to the electoral college vote
He quickly bowed to the new reality.
"Obviously the commission we asked for is not going to happen at this point, and I understand that. We are moving towards certification of Joe Biden as President of the United States tonight," he said. Cruz and his compatriots wanted a special commission to investigate judicial election fraud cases over a ten-day period.
"And we will work together in this body to be able to set a peaceful example in the coming days," he concluded.
Senator Lindsey Graham, one of the President's key allies in the Senate, threw water on the objectors' efforts, recalling how in 1876 three southern states – South Carolina, Louisiana and Florida – sent two electoral rolls to Congress to end post-Civil War reconstruction .
"It led to Jim Crow," said Graham. "If you are looking for historical guidance, this is not the right choice."
The South Carolina Republican also said that forming a fraud investigation committee would not change people's minds.
"If you have a commission chosen by Nancy Pelosi, Mitch McConnell and John Roberts, you're not going to get where you want to go, it's not going to work," said Graham. "It will be of no use, it will be delayed and give credibility to a dark chapter in our history."
Graham claimed that Trump was a "next president".
"But today … all I can say is count myself, enough is enough, I've tried to be helpful."
Graham praised Pence and said to him, "What they ask of you you will not do because you cannot."
Trump has put pressure on Pence to choose between electoral college votes and "alternative" electoral rolls, which the vice president is not allowed to do.
Graham also mentioned how he had traveled the world with Biden when they served together in the Senate.
"I prayed he would lose," Graham said. "He's the legitimate President of the United States."
Georgia Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler, who lost her race to Democratic Rev. Raphael Warnock early Wednesday morning, announced that she would no longer object to the electoral college vote.
"When I got to Washington this morning, I wanted to speak out against the confirmation of the votes," she said. "However, the events that happened today forced me to reconsider and I can now with a clear conscience have nothing against it."
Senator Steve Daines, a Republican from Montana, also announced that he no longer supports senators who raise objections.
Newly minted Senator Roger Marshall, a Kansas Republican who had joined Senator Ted Cruz's "Dirty Dozen", appeared to support the effort in his first-floor address.
"We need to restore confidence in one of the most sacred and patriotic duties of our republic: voting," said Marshall.
Marshall said he supported the creation of an electoral commission to propose constructive proposals to states that came about in the 2020 race because of the "harrowing irregularities" he claimed.
It is unclear whether Marshall would support additional challenges in states going forward, as the Senate discussion focused only on the votes of the Arizona electoral college.
Police spray tear gas on a protester who has been opening a police barricade to get closer to the Capitol
Members of Congress run for cover as protesters attempt to enter the house chamber
A protester walks through Congress with Nancy Pelosi's lectern after storming the Capitol
Republican Congressman Thomas Reed announced he was against the GOP's objections to certification and received applause from the Democrats.
Reed went to the Democratic side of the house to discuss his opposition, citing the violence of the day in the Capitol as the reason.
"We resolve our differences through elections," he said, denouncing the "mob rule" that took place in the early afternoon.
“What we see in this body tonight will be what we do in America. And that means transferring power in a peaceful manner, ”he said when the Democrats gave him a standing ovation.
Republican Congressman Matt Gaetz, a top Trump ally on Capitol Hill, suggested that some of the mobs who raided the Capitol were members of Antifa who oppose fascism and other forms of far-right ideology. President Trump has tried to label Antifa as a terrorist group, but they are a political philosophy. There is no evidence that they were involved in Wednesday's uprising.
Gaetz quoted the conservative newspaper The Washington Times as speaking on the floor of the house to defend Republican objections to electoral college votes in some of the states Biden won.
"The Washington Times just reported that some of the people who violated the Capitol today weren't Trump supporters, they disguised themselves as Trump supporters, and in fact we are members of the violet terrorist group Antifa," said he when the Democrats hollow him out loudly.
Gaetz, a frequent guest at Trump's Florida residence, Mar-a-Lago, also defended the president, who was criticized by many, including members of the Republican Party, for his lackluster response to the riots.
"Another important point for the country is that President Trump expressly called for peaceful demonstrations and protests this morning," said Gaetz.
Trump said in tweets the protesters should be peaceful but did not ask them to retreat and leave the Capitol.
The Democrats booed Gaetz as he spoke, and he admitted, “You can moan and moan, but he was much more clear on his calls for peace than some of the BLM and leftist writers this summer when we saw violence happening swept away this nation. '
Gaetz has also looked at Liberal Democrats who have called to disappoint the police.
"I'm sure I'm glad I didn't hear my Democratic colleagues shouting for at least a day to disappoint the police," he said as his Republican colleagues cheered.
Members of Congress rush to evacuate the chamber of the house as protesters attempted to enter
Members of the National Guard line up on the Capitol grounds as protesters continue to occupy the area after the curfew
The mostly maskless crowd flooded the halls of the Capitol with little resistance from the Capitol Police
The DC National Guard was dispatched to the streets to enforce a 6 p.m. curfew
Trump – after being silent for most of the afternoon – posted a video telling his "very special" supporters at the Capitol that he loved them and understood their pain, but urged them to "go home."
He had initially encouraged his followers to march to the Capitol after an early afternoon rally before even asking to remain peaceful when violence broke out.
The Capitol was briefly secured before it was re-locked on an "internal security threat" at around 6.45pm after an official was reportedly found unconscious. Everyone in one of the Capitol Building's buildings was ordered to hide in an office with the doors locked.
But shortly before 8 p.m. the legislators, who had been brought to safety at the beginning of the siege, returned to the Capitol to resume the joint session and approve the count of the electoral college for the presidential election.
The lawmakers were seen flanked by armed guards as they entered the Capitol. A spokesman for Vice President Mike Pence, who is staying during the joint session, said he was already in the building because he never left.
When protesters broke down police barricades and stormed into the Capitol, lawmakers huddled in the chamber of the house were ordered to put on gas masks while tear gas was fired in the rotunda. Officers at the front door of the chamber had their guns pointed at a demonstrator who was trying to break the door.
The Capitol was locked again around 6.45pm on an "internal security threat" after an official was reportedly found unconscious. Everyone in one of the Capitol Building's buildings was ordered to hide in an office with the doors locked
For the refugees it was a race against time: the demonstrators got in as quickly as the congress members could get out.
A protester took the Senate podium and shouted, "Trump won this election". Some protesters even occupied Pelosi's office and sat mockingly at a desk.
The chaotic scenes unfolded shortly after Trump approached thousands of his supporters and asked them to march to the Capitol. The protesters organized through far-right social media sites, including Gab and Parler, and explained the best ways to avoid the police on their way to the Capitol.
After the protesters clashed with law enforcement agencies, Trump tweeted his supporters to "stay peaceful."
& # 39; Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. You are really on our country's side. Stay peaceful! ' the president wrote.
As the violence escalated, Trump tweeted: “I urge everyone in the US Capitol to stay peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are law and order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue. Thank you! & # 39;
At first he did not tell the protesters to leave.
Biden called for "simple decency" to be restored on Wednesday evening after the mob prevented Congress from confirming the November election results.
"At this hour our democracy is facing an unprecedented attack such as we have not seen in this day and age," said Biden. He called it "an attack on the rule of law like we have never seen before".
I urge this mob to pull back and promote democracy.
In a speech that lasted less than 10 minutes and was televised in front of a split screen in the still-occupied Capitol Building, Biden tried to project calm and say that a deeply divided country can still come together – while expressing outrage bring.
He stopped accusing Trump of treason but said events "verged on turmoil".
"At best, a president's words can inspire," added Biden. "In the worst case, they can stir up."
Minutes after Biden's address, Trump released his own video telling his supporters to "love" them but "go home." In the same breath he continued his unsubstantiated claims that the "election was stolen".
“There has never been a time like this when something like this could be taken away from all of us – from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent choice, but we cannot play into the hands of these people, ”he said.
“We must have peace. So go home We love you. You are something special. You saw what happened. You see how others are treated who are so bad and so angry. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace. '
The video was later removed from Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube for violating their guidelines.
The president then posted another tweet reiterating his false claim that the election had been stolen and encouraged followers to remember the day. The tweet was perceived by some as an attempt to upset the Capitol crowd.
"These are the things and events that happen when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously and viciously deprived of great patriots who have been treated badly and unfairly for so long," he tweeted. “Go home with love and in peace. Remember that day forever! '
Twitter removed the tweet for violating its rules.
Mob Smashes Police Barriers And Tear Gas Walls To Prevent Biden's Victory From Confirming: How Trump Protesters Turned Congress into a Battleground
The Capitol Police used tear gas when hundreds of people saw hundreds of people climb the marble stairs in front of the building. They knocked on the closed doors of the Capitol and pounded the glass on the doors.
Protesters fought with the police and then entered the building.
When asked how many people could get on, officials said they are paying attention to keeping lawmakers safe.
& # 39; We love you. You are special. & # 39; Trump finally speaks to the unleashed Capitol mob and says: "Go home now. We must have peace & # 39;
Donald Trump told his crowd of supporters to "love" them but "go home" after they raved past police barriers to storm the US Capitol.
But despite urging his followers to resign, he went on to make unsubstantiated claims that the "election was stolen" in a video posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
“There has never been a time like this when something like this could be taken away from all of us – from me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent choice, but we cannot play into the hands of these people.
“We must have peace. So go home We love you. You are something special. You saw what happened. You see how others are treated who are so bad and so angry. I know how you feel. But go home and go home in peace, ”Trump said.
It came hours after Trump put them into a frenzy at his Stop the Steal rally and told them to march on the US Capitol.
The president still hasn't conceded the election and addressed a lot about the Ellipse the previous Wednesday that broke conspiracy theories that he still had a way to win – if Vice President Mike Pence had bid and if GOP lawmakers outraged would have.
Pence didn't do that.
The chaotic scenes unfolded shortly after Trump addressed thousands of protesters and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol. After protesters clashed with law enforcement after violating the Capitol, Trump tweeted his supporters to "stay peaceful."
A video posted on TikTok showed a group of about four officers standing by as protesters pushed past a barricade near the Capitol building.
The officers didn't seem to be trying to block the onslaught but walked with him towards the building.
A protester jumped onto the podium on which the President of the Senate presides and shouted, "Trump won this election."
Several dozen protesters roamed the halls of the Capitol yelling, "Where are they?"
Tear gas was used by Capitol Police as protesters filled both the house and Senate sides of the Capitol.
Another Senate protester yelled, "Where's pence, show yourself!"
The chaos led to the Capitol's lockdown and disrupted the confirmation of the election of the electoral college that would cement Biden's victory.
Mayor Bowser declared a 6 p.m. curfew on the city and said several law enforcement agencies would be patrolling the streets. Shortly before the curfew went into effect, she was asked several times by CNN if curfew violators would be arrested, but she refused to give a straight answer.
Bowser said "many" arrests had already been made but had no specific number.
When the footage came off Capitol Hill and was injured by angry Trump supporters, Donald Trump Jr. attempted to suppress the outbreak with a tweet – that was critical of Democrats and Liberals.
& # 39; That is wrong and not who we are. Be peaceful and use your first amendment rights, but don't act like the other side, "wrote Trump Jr .." We have to save a country and it won't help anyone. "
Meanwhile, the president continued to focus his anger on Pence, who had previously announced that he would not single-handedly overturn the election results from his position as chairman.
“Mike Pence did not have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our country and our Constitution, and gave states the opportunity to confirm a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones they did had to certify beforehand. USA demands the truth! ' The president tweeted.
The extraordinary closure was a departure from security vulnerabilities of the past. The protesters routinely interrupted the ongoing television hearings and even the events in the chamber of the house. However, the trained Capitol Police are usually able to arrest troublemakers and remove them immediately. Often, formal charges are never filed.
But in the storming of the building on Wednesday, dozens of people made it by armed police officers and entered the building without taking any security precautions to keep those with guns or dangerous objects away.
There have been cases after 9/11 when the building was locked and people were told to leave the building. However, this usually happened when suspicious packages were detected.
If the building is open, as it was before the pandemic, members of the public are not allowed to go unaccompanied to the second floor, where lawmakers enter and exit the legislative chambers.
The protesters were supported by scaffolding built for the upcoming inauguration.
In another tense video from inside, Rep. Michael McCaul (R-Texas) tweeted a video of protesters repeatedly storming Capitol police officers into the crypt on the ground floor of the building below the rotunda.
"I like it when a lot of people voted for President Trump in the 2020 elections and were hoping for a different outcome," wrote McCaul. “But violence and destruction are not the way to express your complaints. This is a shame and has to end. '
Trump supporters stand in the Capitol before storming the house chamber on Wednesday afternoon
Leigh Ann Luck, disguised as the Statue of Liberty, shouts as supporters of US President Donald Trump gather
A wall of Trump supporters can be seen outside the Capitol before crowds broke barriers and stormed inside
Several windows in the Capitol were broken during Wednesday's Capitol mayhem
The police used a stream of tear gas on Wednesday that protesters occupied the Capitol grounds
A woman is pushed into an ambulance near the Capitol on Wednesday night
Trump's mob causes chaos across the country: MAGA fans take to the streets in California, Oregon, New Mexico and Kansas and surround the office of Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger
When the U.S. Capitol was stormed, Trump supporters held small rallies in front of state houses in several cities, including Atlanta, Denver, Phoenix and Salt Lake City.
Protesters streamed into the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka and gathered on the first floor of the Capitol Rotunda, although the rally remained orderly, KSNT TV reported.
There were no immediate reports of violence, despite the spate of demonstrations by pro-Trump protesters who reiterated his baseless claims that he was deprived of a re-election victory for electoral fraud.
Denver Mayor Michael Hancock said on Twitter that he had instructed city authorities to prematurely close city offices in Colorado's state capital "out of caution" after some 700 protesters gathered at the downtown statehouse.
“I hope that this situation will be resolved quickly. Pray for our nation, ”he tweeted.
A large courthouse complex and two other government buildings in Atlanta, the capital of Georgia, were also closed due to protests near the statehouse.
Among those whose daily routine was changed included aides to Georgian Foreign Secretary Brad Raffensperger, the Republican election official who was pressured by Trump in a phone call over the weekend to find enough extra votes for the president to win the November victory Repeal President-elect Joe Biden will take office in two weeks.
Raffensperger's spokesman, Walter Jones, said employees left their offices after lunch out of caution over protests. He said Raffensperger was out of the office at the time.
In Salt Lake City, state Capitol Preservation Board director Dana Jones said she asked building staff to work from home on Wednesday afternoon on the advice of the Utah Highway Patrol and the public safety officer, the Salt Lake Tribune said.
The newspaper said the precaution was in response to a crowd of about 250 pro-Trump protesters who posted signs on the Capitol that said, "Stop the steal!" and "Trump won!"
A Utah State Police spokesman said security at the Capitol had improved, although he said protesters there were "very peaceful," the tribune reported. It was said that one of his photographers was sprayed with pepper spray by angry people for documenting their protests.
Hundreds of Trump supporters also held a "stop the steal" rally at the Arizona State Capitol in Phoenix, cheering and mocking while guillotine.
MISSOURI: Armed men stand on the steps of the State Capitol after a rally in support of President Donald Trump
ATLANTA: The crowd consisted of about 25 people, some of whom carried assault rifles
LA: Christian Angelo Hill, 19, a supporter of Black Lives Matter, reacts after being sprayed with an unknown substance during a rally by supporters of US President Donald Trump
OREGON: Protesters hold a rally in support of US President Donald Trump at the Oregon State Capitol in Salem
TEXAS: Jack Finger of San Antonio is protesting the election with supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, January 6, 2021 at the Austin Capitol
ATLANTA: The Georgia Capitol Police led Georgian Foreign Minister Brad Raffensperger (above) and his staff out of the building shortly before 3 p.m.
"I will not betray my oath": Pence publicly opposes Trump's request to block Biden's confirmation
Trump told thousands of supporters outside the White House that he wanted pence to "get through" for us and demanded that he reject votes on the grounds that the president claims it was "a fraud".
He threatened Pence with the words "I don't hear good stories" and told him to have "courage" to put down the voices of the swing states – a move that would be against the constitution.
But minutes before arriving on Capitol Hill to chair the joint session of Congress and confirm the election result, Pence bluntly told lawmakers that he would refuse to obey Trump's instructions.
Pence sent a letter to the 535 Senators and Representatives on Capitol Hill prior to chairing the joint session confirming Joe Biden's victory.
In it he outlined his belief in his role in what he describes as "ceremonial", adding that it does not include the power to "determine which votes should and should not be counted".
Trump tried to blame Pence for his expected loss on Wednesday, but the president also has no support from a majority of senators in his own party, doomed his efforts to overthrow the results by Congress.
Pence acknowledged Trump's allegations that the election was rigged, for which there was no evidence and no court upheld, in a likely peace offer to the president.
"I share the concern of millions of Americans about the integrity of this election," he wrote.
In a letter on Wednesday, Pence said, "It is my deliberate judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution prevents me from using unilateral authority to determine which votes should and should not be counted."
As Vice President, however, he found that the constitution does not give him the power to decide which votes are counted and which are not.
As a history student who loves the Constitution and venerates its drafters, I do not believe that our country's foundations intended to give the Vice President with unilateral authority to decide which votes to count during the joint congressional session, and no, the Vice President of the American history has ever asserted such authority, ”noted Pence.
He added that in the past, vice-presidents "have conducted the process in an orderly manner, even if the census resulted in the defeat of their party or their own candidacy".
"It is my deliberate judgment that my oath to support and defend the constitution prevents me from using unilateral authority to determine which votes should and should not be counted," he said.
He concluded his letter with a prayer to God: “When the joint session of Congress meets today, I will do my duty to see that we open the electoral papers of the various states. We hear objections from senators and officials. and we count the votes of the electoral college for presidents and vice-presidents in accordance with our constitution, our laws, and our history. May God help me. & # 39;
Pelosi reminded lawmakers that due to social distancing, only 11 members of each party were allowed to enter the house at a time. She called on Republicans to have too many lawmakers on the ground
"The law says voter registration ends on October 5th. Democrats said we don't care what the law says that they went to court and had to renew an Obama-appointed judge in 18 days," said Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally at Capitol Hill, complained about Arizona
Nancy Pelosi, spokeswoman, led the debate. She disinfected the hammer before using it. Pence had used it when he chaired the joint session
REPUBLICAN OBJECT TO ARIZONA'S VOTES
When the certification process began just after 1 p.m. on Wednesday, lawmakers came through Alabama and Alaska, two states that had voted for Trump before the first objection was filed against Arizona.
Republican Paul Gosar of Arizona rejected the votes of his state electoral college to Biden and Harris. He confirmed that his objection had been signed by a US Senator.
The Democrats in the chamber groaned audibly while the Republicans in the chamber stood up and clapped.
The move forced Pence to remove the houses from the joint session. The senators in the House of Representatives went back to their side of the US Capitol.
On the House side, Republican lawmakers used their time during their debate on the Arizona objection to complain about the president's treatment, particularly the impeachment proceedings and special adviser Robert Mueller's investigation.
They did not provide evidence of electoral fraud, but complained that electoral laws were changed before the November contest, which is not illegal.
"The law says voter registration ends on October 5th. Democrats said we don't care what the law says that they went to court and had to renew an Obama-appointed judge in 18 days," said Republican Congressman Jim Jordan, a top Trump ally at Capitol Hill, complained about Arizona.
In many states, voter registration deadlines have been extended due to the coronavirus pandemic – the extension applied to voters from both parties. Other states again extended the mail-in voting period due to the pandemic and applied to all voters.
Democrats argued the election was conducted legally.
"In some of the most difficult circumstances in our history, our fellow citizens held a free and fair election that reaffirmed our founders' belief that we are capable of self-government and peaceful transfer of power," said Democratic Congressman Adam Schiff.
Speaker Pelosi led the debate. She disinfected the hammer before using it. Pence had used it when he chaired the joint session.
Pelosi also reminded lawmakers that due to social distancing, only 11 members of each party were allowed to enter the house at a time. She called on Republicans to have too many lawmakers on the ground.
MITCH MCCONNELL SLAMS ELECTION & # 39; Conspiracy Theories & # 39;
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, shamed Trump and his own Republican colleagues for increasingly questioning the electoral college vote, saying it could create a "death spiral" in American democracy – and pointed out that it is there is no real evidence of widespread electoral fraud.
"We are debating a move never taken in American history, whether Congress should override voters and overthrow a presidential election," he said in the Senate after Rep Gosar and a number of GOP senators, including Sen Ted Cruz, protested Arizona's Electoral College vote.
McConnell mocked Trump's claims of widespread electoral fraud in what will be one of his last as a majority leader's five-minute speech, and which he believes was the most important vote of his career.
"The allegations range from specific local allegations to constitutional arguments and sweeping conspiracy theories," said McConnell.
He reminded the senators that he supported Trump in the application of the country's legal system, which handed loss to loss to the president and his team. And pointed out that these cases were heard by some of the "all-star judges the president himself nominated" – including the US Supreme Court.
McConnell said each election is plagued by a few cases of voting irregularities. "And of course that is unacceptable," he said.
McConnell mocked President Donald Trump's claims of widespread electoral fraud in what will be one of his last five-minute speeches as a majority leader – and which he believes was the most important vote of his career
The Senate top Republican also said he supports "strong government-led electoral reforms", adding that he did not want "last year's bizarre pandemic trials" – like postal ballot papers that gave Democrats an edge – the new norm. '
"But my colleagues, nothing before us proves illegality anywhere near the massive scale, the massive scale that would have affected the entire election," argued McConnell. "Even public doubts alone cannot justify a radical break if the doubt itself was instigated without evidence."
He pointed out that the Constitution gives Congress a "limited role".
"We just can't make ourselves the national steroids electoral board," said McConnell.
McConnell twisted the knife in Trump, pointing out that the race between Biden and Trump "wasn't unusually close".
"The electoral college's leeway was almost the same as it was in 2016," McConnell said.
"If this election were overturned by mere allegations on the losing side, our democracy would get into a death spiral," warned McConnell. "We'd never see an entire nation accept elections again."
"Every four years there would be a power struggle at any cost," he added.
TRUMP & # 39; S STOP THE STEAL RALLY
It came after Trump angered "weak" Republicans and demanded allegiance from Pence at a rally near the White House where he demanded that Pence and Congress overturn the election results that led to his defeat.
In an extraordinary speech, just minutes before a joint session of Congress, Trump again called his election "rigged" to count the certified votes that made him lose to Joe Biden.
Trump labeled votes that came in after 10pm after election night – which consisted of personal and postal ballot papers, and denied him the leadership he and his pollsters expected – as "these explosions of bullsh * t."
Members of the crowd immediately sang "Bullshit!" In answer.
"Our election was over at 10 p.m.," said Trump.
Trump mocked his party's 2012 Republican presidential candidate, Now-Sen. Mitt Romney, who had pocketed his own race at the time.
& # 39; We will never admit. That doesn't happen, ”he said – although the loss of candidates has been admitted for generations. “There has never been anything like it. It's pure theft. '
Trump's comments represented a declaration of war on elements of his party after his attorney Rudy Giuliani called for "trial by battle" against opponents of his allegations of electoral fraud.
Trump spoke to several thousand people – but referred to them as "hundreds of thousands" of followers conceived on a lawn south of the White House where not so many people live.
He said his election was stolen by the fake news media. They did and they do. '
Speaking to thousands of supporters near the White House at his "Save America" rally on Wednesday, Trump declared war on his own party by calling Republicans who opposed him "weak".
Hours after a humiliating defeat in one race in the Georgia Senate and the prospect of losing another, Team Trump showed no signs of conceding
A booth has been set up at the foot of the U.S. Capitol with a pro-Trump supporter holding a flag hours before Congress meets to confirm the electoral college vote for Biden
A crowd of Trump supporters gathered outside the White House for a rally on Wednesday
He urged his supporters to march to Congress, which should start the counting at 1 p.m.
"We'll go down to the Capitol and cheer for our brave senators and congressmen," he said, speaking from behind a pane of bulletproof material.
He turned the heat on Pence, a potential 2024 contender who will lead the count. Its role is set out in the Constitution and the Election Census Act and is largely ceremonial.
"Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us and if he doesn't it will be a sad day for our country because you vowed to uphold our constitution," he said.
Trump admitted that he tried to pressure Pence to reject votes from states he lost, quoting from a conversation he has denied.
"All Vice President Pence has to do is send it back to the states for recertification and we will become President and you are the happiest people," he told his fans, who cheered, "Stop the steal!" sometimes.
& # 39; I told Mike it doesn't take courage. What takes courage is nothing to be done. It takes courage. And then we're stuck with a president who lost the election a lot and we have to live with that, ”he said of Biden.
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