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Wednesday 6th January 2021
Above: People protect themselves in the gallery of the house as protesters in Washington attempt to break into the chamber of the house in the US Capitol on Wednesday, January 6, 2021.
Stephanie Grisham, chief of staff and spokeswoman for First Lady Melania Trump, has resigned after violent protests by supporters of President Donald Trump in the US Capitol.
Grisham said in a statement on Wednesday that it was an « honor » was to serve the country in the White House and be part of the First Lady’s « mission » to help children.
Grisham was one of Trump’s longest serving employees after joining the campaign in 2015. She was the White House press secretary and never held a press conference.
The forcible occupation of the US Capitol by supporters of the President on Wednesday sparked renewed talks in the White House about mass resignations by middle-level aides responsible for the operations of the Office of the President.
Two people familiar with the talks said the aides were torn between fearing what would happen if they left and wanting to register their disgust with their boss . They talked about internal matters on condition of anonymity. – Zeke Miller, Associated Press
The Republican National Committee strongly condemns the violence in the Capitol, adding that the scenes of violence « are not a patriotic act, but an attack on our country and its founding principles ».
The RNC is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform. The statement condemning the violence came hours after Republican President Donald Trump baselessly complained that the elections had been withdrawn from « great patriots ». He went on to tell them to « go home in peace with love, & ».
He says seeing the US flag « used in the name of unsubstantiated conspiracy theories is a shame on the nation. » , and any decent American should be disgusted by it. «
Trump had encouraged his supporters to come to Washington to oppose the formal approval of Congress for President-elect Joe Biden’s victory over him, citing false claims by the Election fraud. He held a rally on Wednesday urging his supporters to march to the Capitol to tell them to « get rid of the weak Congressmen » – Associated Press
Protesters in support of President Donald Trump gathered on Wednesday in front of state houses from Georgia to New Mexico, prompting some officials to evacuate, while several demonstrations cheered as a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol.
Hundreds of people gathered in state capitals across the country to oppose President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. They waved signs saying “Stop the theft” and “Another four years”. Most of them did not wear masks during the coronavirus pandemic, and some carried guns in places like Oklahoma, Georgia, Arizona and Washington.
States like Ohio and California have seen some brawls involving journalists or counter-protesters using pepper spray sprayed or beaten, but most of the demonstrations were peaceful – some of them quite small – and few arrests were reported.
The New Mexico police precautionary evacuated workers from a statehouse building that houses the governor’s office and belong to the office of the Secretary of State shortly after hundreds of flag wavers arrived in a trailer and on horseback.
Protesters sang « God Bless America », honked and falsely announced on a megaphone that Trump was the rightful election winner – despite Biden won the vote in New Mexico by around 11%. – Associated Press
A West Virginia lawmaker videotaped himself and other supporters of President Donald Trump storming into the U.S. Capitol after going through security.
In the video by Republican Del . Derrick Evans, later deleted from his social media page, is shown wearing a helmet and yelling at the door to break through the building in Washington, DC on Wednesday.
« Were in « Keep it moving, baby! » He said in a crowded doorway amidst Trump supporters holding flags and complaining that they were being sprayed with pepper. Once inside, Evans was seen on a video spinning around the Capitol rotunda, where historical paintings depict the founding of the republic, yelling, “No vandalism!”
The State House of Delegates Speaker, Roger Hanshaw said Evans « needs to respond to his constituents and colleagues about his involvement in what happened today. » The Wayne County delegate later said in a statement on Facebook that he would return to West Virginia and « was simply there as an independent member of the media to film the story ». – Associated Press
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi says Congress will resume electoral college proceedings once the Capitol is clear of protesters for Donald Trump and safe.
Pelosi said she did Decision made on Wednesday in consultation with the Pentagon, the Justice Department and the Vice President who will chair.
She noted that the day would always be « part of history » but now it would be « such a shameful picture. » of our country « .
Trump had encouraged his supporters to come to Washington to fight against the formal approval of Congress for the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. He held a rally on Wednesday calling on his supporters to march to the Capitol. He urged them to “get rid of the weak Congress people” and say, “Let the weak out; This is the time for strength. “
Trump supporters broke into the Capitol and clashed with law enforcement officials before disrupting the Congress vote on the electoral college vote. Trump has repeatedly told his supporters that the November election was stolen from him when it was not. – Associated Press
Dozens of pro-Trump protesters remain on the streets of the nation’s capital, despite the curfew imposed after rioters stormed the Capitol.
The largely maskless crowd turned violent on Wednesday removed from the Capitol after breaking into the building and stopping the constitutional process of voting to confirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden. They were evicted from the immediate area and dragged down the hill, where they mocked law enforcement and put up barricades.
Police said someone was found on the street after 6pm. Curfew would be arrested. Officers in full riot gear with signs lined the streets near the U.S. Capitol.
House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi said her debate on confirming Biden’s victory would continue after the Capitol was secured. – Associated Press
Republican Senator Mitt Romney accuses President Donald Trump of instigating a violent “riot” in the Capitol.
Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential candidate and a frequent critic of Trump, said the The Capitol’s violent rupture on Wednesday was « due to the injured pride of a selfish man and the indignation of his supporters who he has deliberately misinformed over the past two months. » The Utah Senator said that those who supported Trumps Continue to support « dangerous game » by objecting to the results of a legitimate democratic election, « being forever seen as accomplices in an unprecedented attack on our democracy ».
Romney mocked Texas Senator Ted Cruz and other Republicans who want a “test” of the election results: “Please! No Congressional-led audit will ever convince these voters, especially if the president continues to claim the election was stolen. «
The simple truth, said Romney, » is that President-elect (Joe) Biden won this election. President Trump lost. « – Associated Press
Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen said the violent protest against Trump in the US Capitol was an » intolerable attack on a fundamental institution « of democracy.
Rosen said Wednesday that it was The Department of Justice worked with the US Capitol Police and other federal law enforcement agencies to secure the Capitol, and he says hundreds of federal agents have been sent to assist by the Department of Justice.
He called it an « unacceptable situation » and said federal prosecutors « intend to enforce the laws of our country. »
Dozens of President Donald Trump’s supporters broke the security line and entered the Capitol when Congress met and was expected to vote for Joe Biden’s presidential victory They were seen talking to officers both inside and outside the building fought.
Former President George W. Bush says he and his wife Laura are sick and heartbroken over the « chaos » in Washington and watched events play out with « disbelief and dismay. » Bush said the « attack » on the Capitol on Wednesday and the interruption of a constitutional meeting to confirm the victory of Democrat Joe Biden were « undertaken by people whose passions were inflamed by falsehoods and false hopes. » The Republican said in a statement that he was « appalled » by what he described as the « ruthless » behavior of some political leaders since the elections and the lack of respect for US institutions, traditions and law enforcement agencies.
Addressing those who are disappointed with the election result, Bush said: « Our country is more important than the politics of the moment. »
Dozens of supporters of the President dent Donald Trump broke through the security area and entered the Capitol when Congress met. They fought with officers both inside and outside the building. – Associated Press
A woman who was shot dead during the violent pro-Trump protest in the U.S. Capitol has died.
According to two officials familiar with the matter, who said on Wednesday on the condition Having spoken to The Associated Press anonymously for not having the authority to speak publicly.
The Metropolitan Police Department said it was leading the gun investigations. The police did not immediately provide details of the circumstances of the shooting.
Dozens of President Donald Trump’s supporters broke the security line and entered the Capitol when Congress met. He was expected to vote and confirm Joe Biden’s presidential victory. They were seen fighting with officers both inside and outside the building.
Hours later, police announced that the Capitol was secured. – Michael Balsamo and Colleen Long, Associated Press
Officials declared the US Capitol complex « safe » after heavily armed police officers ended nearly four hours of violent occupation by supporters of President Donald Trump.
Wednesday night In a safe place, the announcement « The Capitol is Safe » sounded for House officials. Legislators applauded.
The cast interrupted the Electoral College count of Congress that will formalize the impending inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20. Legislature has been evacuated to places around the Capitol Complex and secure Washington DC after thousands of Trump supporters broke through the building and argued with police officers.
Legislators have signaled they will resume constitutional census as soon as it is safe. – Associated Press
Police use tear gas and impact grenades to evacuate pro-Trump protesters from the U.S. Capitol grounds ahead of a Washington curfew.
Police put gas masks on when they approached Moved by force on Wednesday evening to evacuate protesters from the Capitol grounds just before a curfew began. In the moments before, there were violent clashes between police and protesters who tore up the handrail for the inauguration scaffolding and threw it at the officials.
Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump broke security and entered the Capitol as Congress moved met. They were expected to vote to confirm Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential victory. They were seen fighting with officers both inside and outside the building.
Police said at least one person was shot dead in the Capitol. their condition was not known immediately.
The district police chief said at least 13 people had been arrested and five firearms were recovered during the pro-Trump protests on Wednesday. – Associated Press
Republican Senator Ben Sasse blames President Donald Trump directly for storming the Capitol by a large, angry crowd of pro-Trump protesters.
Nebraska lawmakers and frequent critics of Trump said Wednesday night that the Capitol was « searched while the leader of the free world crouched behind his keyboard – and tweeted against his vice president for fulfilling his constitutional oath ».
Sasse says in a written statement : “Lies have consequences. This violence was the inevitable and ugly result of the president’s addiction to constant division. «
Protesters broke into the building as Congress began the formal process of confirming the votes that won Democratic President-elect Joe Biden a victory over Trump in November. Vice President Mike Pence has the ceremonial role, that certification and resisted Trump’s efforts to pressure him to reverse the election results.
Trump has continued to deceptively claim that the vote was compromised by fraud and that he actually won. Trump spoke to one earlier Wednesday large crowd of protesters outside the White House urging them to gather in the Capitol. – Associated Press
The Washington, DC police chief says at least five guns have been recovered and at least 13 people have so far been pro-Trump Protests were arrested.
The mostly maskless crowd stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as lawmakers met for victory to confirm President-elect Joe Biden. One person was shot; their condition is unknown.
When it got dark, police officers worked their way up to the demonstrators and tried to clear the area around the Capitol with grenades. Large clouds of tear gas were visible.
The police were in full riot gear. They went down the west steps and ran into protesters. – Associated Press
Pro-Trump protesters have rallied outside state houses across the country, forcing evacuations in at least two states. In St. Paul, Minnesota, protesters rang out in response to news that supporters of President Donald Trump had stormed the US Capitol.
Hundreds of mostly exposed people gathered outside capitals on Wednesday with Trump flags and » Stop the Steal ”signs. In Georgia and Oklahoma, some demonstrators were carrying guns.
As a precaution, the New Mexico State Police evacuated workers from a state building that housed hundreds of flag-waving supporters in a trailer and on horseback in the governor’s and foreign minister’s offices . A governor’s office spokesman said there was no evidence of threats in the statehouse.
Staff from Utah Governor Spencer Cox were sent home when several hundred pro-Trump protesters gathered outside the Capitol, despite the demonstration being relatively calm stayed. In Columbus, Ohio, there was a brief argument between pro-Trump protesters, including members of the Proud Boys, and counter-protesters, but there was no immediate threat to the Capitol. – Associated Press
President Donald Trump calls on supporters in a video message to “go home”, but also maintains false attacks on the presidential elections.
The video was released more than two hours after protesters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday when lawmakers held an extraordinary joint session to confirm the results of the electoral college and the victory of President-elect Joe Biden / p> Trump opened his video and said, “I know your pain. I know your pain But you have to go home now. “
He also called the supporters » very special « . He also said, « We can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home. We love you. You are very special. » Republican lawmakers and former government officials had asked Trump to give his To give a statement to supporters to suppress the violence. The statement came as authorities struggled to take control of a chaotic situation in the Capitol that resulted in the evacuation of the legislature. – Associated Press
At least one explosive device was found near the US Capitol when supporters of President Donald Trump forcibly occupied the building.
Thousands of supporters of the President occupied the Capitol complex as legislators began casting votes that will formalize the victory of President-elect Joe Biden.
Vice President Mike Pence has urged protesters to leave the Capitol immediately, further than Trump, who merely asked his supporters to « remain peaceful ». – Associated Press
President-elect Joe Biden has called the violent protests against the US Capitol an « attack on the holiest American corporation »: the conduct of the people’s business.
Biden also urged President Donald Trump to immediately do one Deliver televised address calling on supporters to end what he called an « unprecedented attack » as pro-Trump protesters forcibly occupy the US Capitol.
Biden’s conviction came after violent protesters Wednesday afternoon violated the U.S. Capitol and forced a delay in the constitutional process to confirm the president-elect’s victory in the November election.
Biden elaborated on the violent protests as authorities battled to gain control of a To take over chaotic situation in the Capitol that led to the evacuation of the legislature. – Associated Press
Vice President Mike Pence urges protesters to leave the Capitol immediately, going further than President Donald Trump, who simply called for his support to « stay peaceful ».
In a tweet on Wednesday afternoon Pence said, « This attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. »
Pence, a long time a loyal adviser to the President, defied Trump earlier Wednesday, telling him he was do not have the power to reject votes that would make Joe Biden the next President on January 20th. Trump had publicly urged Pence to overthrow the will of the electorate, but Pence’s constitutional role in the process was only ceremonial.
Angry Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in a chaotic protest to thwart the peaceful transfer of power. Trump later cautiously called for peace, but did not urge his supporters to disperse. – Associated Press
The Pentagon says approximately 1,100 DC National Guard members are being mobilized to aid law enforcement because violent supporters of President Donald Trump violated the U.S. Capitol.
The Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said Wednesday afternoon that defense leaders had been in contact with city and congressional officials.
A defense official said all 1,100 DC guards were activated and sent to the city’s armory. The guards are deployed at checkpoints and other similar tasks and could also help enforce 6pm. Curfew will be introduced in the city tonight.
Officials said the DC National Guard petition wasn’t denied earlier in the day. Instead, officials say the Guard have a specific mission that does not include the military taking on law enforcement functions in the Capitol. As a result, the guard must be deployed to replenish law enforcement outside the Capitol Complex, freeing up more law enforcement to respond to the Capitol. Hoffman said law enforcement response to the violence is directed by the Department of Justice. – Associated Press
Top Democrats in Congress are calling for President Donald Trump to order his supporters to leave the Capitol after a chaotic protest aimed at blocking a peaceful transfer of power.
The Democratic Chairman of the Senate Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued a joint statement Wednesday after violent protesters stormed the Capitol. They said: « We urge President Trump to demand that all demonstrators leave the US Capitol and Capitol grounds immediately. »
Trump had previously encouraged his supporters who occupied the US Capitol to « go peacefully. » stay, « but he didn’t tell them to disperse. He held a rally on Wednesday reiterating false claims that President-elect Joe Biden won the election by fraudulent election.
He urged his supporters to march to the Capitol and urged them to « die get rid of weak Congressmen ”and say,“ Let out the weak; This is the time for strength. – Associated Press
A person was shot dead in the US Capitol when dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building and violently clashed with police.
This comes from a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity in a chaotic situation.
The exact circumstances of the shooting were unclear. The person said the victim was taken to a hospital. Their condition was unknown.
I ask everyone at the US Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember WE are the party of the & Order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue. Thank you!
Vice President Mike Pence also tweeted « The Violence and Destruction in the US Capitol Must Stop » and also called the protest an « attack ».
Peaceful protest is the right of every American, but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
The shooting took place when dozen of Trump supporters broke security and entered the U.S. Capitol during Congress. Joe Biden’s presidential victory was expected to be elected and confirmed. Trump has angered his supporters by falsely claiming widespread electoral fraud to explain his loss. – Michael Balsamo, Associated Press
As protesters flooded the US Capitol on Wednesday, Congress abruptly halted deliberations on the Republican challenges to Joe Biden’s presidential victory.
President Donald Trump’s relentless efforts to improve the election results To reject and hold on to the White House, a large crowd moved into the White House, and then Trump sent them to the Capitol.
Legislators had convened an extraordinary joint session to confirm the results of the electoral college. However, protests broke out in front of the Capitol and government offices were evacuated.
Although other Republicans were behind the challenge for Biden’s electoral college win 306-232, Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell tried to ease tension and spoke out against it. He warned the country « cannot continue to fall into two separate tribes » with « separate facts ».
But other Republicans, including House GOP leaders among Trump’s allies, played out supporters’ pleas at his large rally on Pennsylvania Avenue outside the White House on Wednesday to « fight for Trump. » The latest effort will almost certainly fail, defeated by bipartisan majorities in Congress willing to accept the November results. Biden is due to be inaugurated on January 20th.
Even so, Trump swore that he « would never admit » and urged the massive crowd to march to the Capitol, where hundreds had already gathered under tight security Vice President Mike Pence was closely watched as he stepped onto the podium to chair the joint session in the Chamber of the House.
Pence plays a largely ceremonial role in opening the sealed envelopes of the states after they are in mahogany – boxes were worn for the occasion and reading out the results. But he was under growing pressure from Trump to overthrow the will of the electorate and flip the results in the president’s favor, even though he had no legal power to influence the result.
But Pence resisted in a statement shortly before presided over Trump, saying he could not use « unilateral authority » to reject the election votes that would make Biden president.
Despite repeated allegations by Trump of election fraud, election officials and his former attorney general have said there are no problems on a scale that would change the result. All states have confirmed their results as fair and accurate by Republican and Democratic officials alike.
Arizona was the first of several states to face Republican objections when Congress read the election results alphabetically.
Biden won Arizona with more than 10,000 votes and eight lawsuits against the results failed. The state’s Supreme Court on Wednesday upheld the dismissal of an election case.
The legally required joint congressional session was held in front of a vigilant, troubled nation – months after the election, two weeks before the traditional peaceful transfer of power of inauguration, and against the backdrop of a growing COVID-19 pandemic.
Legislators have been urged by Capitol officials to arrive early with protesters in Washington due to security precautions. Visitors who usually fill the galleries to watch important proceedings were banned from complying with COVID-19 restrictions.
The session also took place when the results of the Georgia runoff election overnight put Democrats within reach of a Senate majority .
After the Senate results leaked out of Georgia and the Democrats were within reach of the chamber’s control, Trump reinforced his request to stay in office to review the rival party. At the rally, he said he had just spoken to Pence and criticized Republicans unwilling to fight for him as « weak ».
While other Vice Presidents, including Al Gore and Richard Nixon, also reported their own defeats President, Pence is helping Republican lawmakers question the 2020 outcome.
It’s not the first time lawmakers have challenged the results. Democrats did so in 2017 and 2005. But the intensity of Trump’s challenge is like nothing today, and an outpouring of current and elected GOP officials warns that the showdown will sow distrust of the government and American confidence in it die Demokratie untergräbt.
Senator Mitt Romney, R-Utah, sagte Reportern auf dem Capitol Hill, dass Trumps Wahlherausforderung « das Amt des Präsidenten beschämt » habe.
« Wir werden so weitermachen, wie es die Verfassung verlangt , und unseren Unterstützern die Wahrheit sagen – ob sie es hören wollen oder nicht », sagte Romney.
Dennoch drängten mehr als ein Dutzend republikanische Senatoren, angeführt von Josh Hawley aus Missouri und Ted Cruz aus Texas, zusammen mit bis zu 100 Republikanern des Hauses darauf, Einwände gegen die Berichte einzelner Staaten über Bidens Siege zu erheben.
Nach den Regeln der gemeinsamen Sitzung muss jeder Einspruch gegen die Wahlliste eines Staates von mi ndestens einem Mitglied des Hauses und einem Mitglied des Senats schriftlich eingereicht werden, um berücksichtigt zu werden. Jeder Einspruch wird zwei Stunden lang Beratungen im Repräsentantenhaus und im Senat erzwingen, um einen langen Tag zu gewährleisten.
Die republikanischen Gesetzgeber des Repräsentantenhauses unterschreiben Einwände gegen die Wahlstimmen in sechs Bundesstaaten – Arizona, Georgia, Nevada, Michigan, Pennsylvania und Wisconsin.
Hawley sagte, er werde gegen die Wahlergebnisse aus Pennsylvania Einwände erheben und fast eine zweite zweistündige Debatte sicherstellen, trotz des Widerstands des republikanischen Senators des Staates, Pat Toomey, der sagte, die Bilanz von Bidens Sieg sei korrekt.
Senatorin Kelly Loeffler könnte die Ergebnisse in ihrem Bundesstaat Georgia in Frage stellen. Sie wurde in Georgiens Stichwahl gegen den Demokraten Raphael Warnock besiegt, aber von einer Vielzahl von Gesetzgebern in der Kammer begrüßt. Sie kann Senatorin bleiben, bis er sein Amt antritt.
Das andere Stichwahlrennen zwischen dem Republikaner David Perdue und dem Demokraten Jon Ossoff im Senat blieb zu früh, um am Mittwoch anzurufen, obwohl Ossoff erklärte, er habe gewonnen. Perdue, der eine Wiederwahl anstrebte, ist im Senat nicht wahlberechtigt, da seine Amtszeit mit Beginn des neuen Kongresssonntags abgelaufen ist.
Die von Cruz angeführte Gruppe schwört Einwände, es sei denn, der Kongress stimmt der Bildung einer Kommission zur Untersuchung der Wahlen zu, aber das scheint unwahrscheinlich.
Die mit Cruz sind Sens. Ron Johnson aus Wisconsin, James Lankford aus Oklahoma, Steve Daines aus Montana, John Kennedy aus Louisiana, Marsha Blackburn aus Tennessee, Mike Braun aus Indiana, Cynthia Lummis aus Wyoming, Roger Marshall aus Kansas, Bill Hagerty aus Tennessee und Tommy Tuberville aus Alabama.
Viele der Republikaner, die die Ergebnisse in Frage stellten, sagten, sie versuchten, den Wählern zu Hause eine Stimme zu geben, die dem Wahlergebnis nicht vertrauen und wollen, dass die Gesetzgeber für Trump kämpfen.
Hawley verteidigte seine Rolle und sagte, seine Wähler seien « laut und deutlich » über ihr Misstrauen gegenüber den Wahlen gewesen. « Es liegt in meiner Verantwortung als Senator, ihre Bedenken zu äußern », schrieb er an Kollegen.
Als die Kritik zunahm, bestand Cruz darauf, dass sein Ziel darin bestehe, « die Wahlen nicht aufzuheben », sondern die Behauptungen von Wahlproblemen zu untersuchen. Er hat keine neuen Beweise vorgelegt.
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