Senate Chaplain Barry Black delivered a powerful prayer just moments after Congress had affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, condemning the “desecration” of the Capitol building and reminding lawmakers of the weight of their words and actions. “We deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol Building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life, and the quagmire of dysfunction that threaten our democracy,” he said.
“These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue,” he continued. “Lord of our lives and sovereign of our beloved nation, we deplore the desecration of the United States Capitol building, the shedding of innocent blood, the loss of life, and the quagmire of dysfunction that threaten our democracy. These tragedies have reminded us that words matter and that the power of life and death is in the tongue.
We have been warned that eternal vigilance continues to be freedom's price. Lord, you have helped us remember that we need to see in each other a common humanity that reflects your image. You have strengthened our resolve to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies domestic as well as foreign. Use us to bring healing and unity to our hurting and divided nation and world. Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to do your will and guide our feet on the path of peace.
Congress has just affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump. The counting of Vermont's three electoral votes put Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris over the 270-threshold needed to win the presidency.
Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the count conducted by a joint session of Congress, announced that Biden had won the Electoral College vote after the House and Senate easily defeated Republican objections lodged against the votes sent by two states, Arizona and Pennsylvania. “The announcement of the state of the vote by the President of the Senate shall be deemed a sufficient declaration of the persons elected President and Vice President of the United States, each for the term beginning on the 20th day of January 2021 and shall be entered together with the list of the votes on the journals of the Senate and the House of Representatives,” Pence said following the count of all the state's Electoral College votes.
The certification comes after pro- Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol earlier Wednesday. The joint session of Congress, which is normally a ceremonial step, was halted for several hours when rioters breached the Capitol.
Correction: An earlier version of this post incorrectly reported that an objection to Arizona's electoral votes did not reach debate. ET, January 7, 2021, Congress has reconvened in a joint session to continue to count electoral votes after the Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Pennsylvania's votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
ET, January 7, 2021, From CNN's Kristin Wilson and Daniella Diaz ET, January 7, 2021, The House just wrapped up its debate over an objection on Pennsylvania's electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden.
It began when Rep. Morgan Griffith, a Republican from Virginia, objected to what Pennsylvania Democrat Rep. Conor Lamb said during the Pennsylvania Electoral College challenge debate. Rep. Al Lawson of Florida, Jamie Rankin of Maryland, and a senior Democratic staffer helped break up the confrontation.
According to CNN's Kristin Wilson, who was in the room, the situation diffused fairly quickly but tensions were high. Former Republican Rep. Charlie Dent expressed his disgust Wednesday over rioters who stormed the US Capitol building and President Trump's rhetoric that helped sparked the unrest.
In an interview with CNN's Chris Cuomo and Don Lemon, the former Pennsylvania lawmaker conveyed his anger with a pro- Trump rioter carrying a Confederate flag inside the Capitol building, calling it a “desecration.” It's a plaque dedicated to the honorary first defenders from Allentown, Pennsylvania, in Redding, Pennsylvania ... who went to the Capitol, at the call of Abraham Lincoln, to defend the Capitol during the Civil War.
The storming of the US Capitol on Wednesday by supporters of Trump prompted calls for his removal from office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on January 20. The chaotic scenes unfolded after Trump addressed thousands of protesters and repeated unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him.
Twitter’s statement said the company had determined that two tweets Trump sent today “are likely to inspire others to replicate the violent acts that took place on January 6, 2021, and there are multiple indicators that they are being received and understood as encouragement to do so”. Twitter judged that second tweet was “received by a number of his supporters as further confirmation that the election was not legitimate” and “may also serve as encouragement to those potentially considering violent acts that the Inauguration would be a ‘safe’ target because he would not be attending”.
The permanently suspended Twitter account of U.S. President Donald Trump is seen in this screen grab obtained via social media on January 8, 2021. Twitter Inc has permanently suspended President Trump ’s account due to the risk of further incitement of violence, the company said in a statement on Friday.
Video posted on social media showed Graham being escorted by police through National Airport while Trump supporters screamed slogans and obscenities. Senator Lindsey Graham is escorted by security personnel as Trump supporters berate him, at Washington National Airport in this still image obtained from a social media video Republican Senator Lisa Murkowski has said that President Trump should resign after his supporters stormed the US Capitol.
Murkowski blamed Trump for inciting his followers to attack the Capitol and for divisive the two Republican losses in the Georgia Senate races. Some protesters marauding through the Capitol on Wednesday were heard saying they wanted to capture and execute Vice President Mike Pence, according to reporters in the hallways.
Federal authorities have taken into custody a man who broke into House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during this week’s riot, the Justice Department has confirmed. Richard Barnett has been arrested in his home state of Arkansas, spokesman Joshua Steve confirmed in an email exchange with Anatole Agency.
A West Virginia state legislator has been charged with entering a restricted area of the US Capitol after he livestreamed himself rushing into the building with a mob of Trump ’s supporters. He did not say if Evans had been taken into custody, but television station SAZ posted a video on Twitter showing FBI agents escorting the handcuffed lawmaker from a home.
American author Don Winslow has increased his offer to $20,000 for the first person to identify the name of a Capitol Police officer who took selfies with the protesters on Wednesday. Asked whether he supports Trump ’s impeachment, Biden says his “number one concern” is on the urgency of the coronavirus as well as economic growth.
He said he believed for a long time that Trump was not fit for office, but it is for Congress to decide on a second impeachment of the Republican president. “Their meeting was very productive,” the official said, adding that Pompey and Blinked and their teams “will continue to work together on behalf of America throughout the transition”.
Trump ’s decision to call for calm in a video came at the urging of senior aides, some arguing he could face removal from office or legal liability over his supporters’ storming of the US Capitol, two sources familiar with the matter have said. Senior advisers Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, along with senior adviser Stephen Miller, White House Counsel Pat Cipollone, Chief of Staff Mark Meadows and press secretary Kayleigh McEnany all pressed Trump to clearly state that he did not support the violence, the sources said.
Biden has expressed sympathy to the family of the US Capitol police officer killed in Wednesday’s invasion of Congress by pro- Trump supporters. President-elect Joe Biden speaks during an event at The Queen theater in Wilmington, Delaware to announce key administration posts Biden said the US jobs report issued on Friday shows Americans need more immediate relief now and that taking action now will help the economy even with deficit financing.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will take the oath of office from the Capitol’s West Front, one of the very locations where a violent mob overpowered police and stormed the building. Supporters of President Donald Trump climb on an inauguration platform on the West Front of the United States Capitol on January 6, 2021 The US Justice Department has charged a delegate in the West Virginia state legislature for his role in storming the US Capitol, federal prosecutor Ken Kohl has told reporters.
Biden is set to introduce the governor of Rhode Island, the mayor of Boston and a small-business advocate from California as the newest members of his economic team. One of Biden’s top challenges after he takes office will be to nurse an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic back to health.
“I plan to attend and believe it is an important tradition that demonstrates the peaceful transfer of power to our people and to the world,” he wrote on Twitter. Scott, a Trump ally, was one of seven senators who supported an objection to Pennsylvania’s electoral votes as Congress tallied them Wednesday.
Vice President Mike Pence and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi preside over a Joint session of Congress to certify the 2020 Electoral College results Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has blamed Trump for inciting this week’s attack on the US Capitol. “What we witnessed was an assault on democracy by violent rioters, incited by the current president and other politicians,” Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa during his daily briefing on Canada’s COVID-19 situation.
The strong statement by Trudeau is in stark contrast to the normally carefully measured tone of the Canadian leader, who has had to walk on eggshells not to offend Trump throughout his four-year presidency given Canada’s dependence on the US for trade and security. “I felt he was very self-important and very arrogant,” Lopez Obrador said during his daily news conference adding that it was “bad sign” that private companies could “censor” opinion.
A Congressional aide to House Democratic Speaker Nancy Pelosi has said a laptop was stolen from her office during the storming of the US Capitol. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says she has spoken to the top US military commander about taking precautions to ensure Trump cannot initiate hostilities or order a nuclear attack in his remaining two weeks in office.
“The situation of this unhinged president could not be more dangerous, and we must do everything that we can to protect the American people from his unbalanced assault on our country and our democracy,” Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues. Dominion Voting Systems has filed a defamation lawsuit against lawyer Sidney Powell Democratic and Republican leaders in the Senate have announced plans to conduct an inquiry into security failures that allowed a pro- Trump mob to invade the Capitol on January 6.
The Homeland Security and Government Affairs and the Rules and Administration committees will conduct oversight hearings, Democratic and Republican leaders said. Democrats Gary Peters and Amy Klobuchar together with Republicans Rob Portman and Roy Blunt said they would “work together to make the necessary reforms to ensure this never happens again”.
Brussels is home to the European Union’s main institutions and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) military alliance’s headquarters, where small protests on issues from climate change to migration policies are routine. White House economic adviser Larry Kudos will stay in his post until Biden is inaugurated, but will take unused vacation days this month, CNBC has reported as a wave of officials from Trump ’s administration quit following the violent Capitol Hill demonstrations.
“The House, if they come together and have a process, I will definitely consider whatever articles they might move because … I believe the president has disregarded his oath of office,” Ben Sassy told CBS News. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says those responsible for police officer Brian Sick nick’s death from the siege at the Capitol “must be brought to justice”.
‘The violent and deadly act of insurrection targeting the Capitol, our temple of American Democracy, and its workers was a profound tragedy and stain on our nation’s history,’ Pelosi said Biden is focused on preparing to take office and will leave to Congress, Vice President Mike Pence, and Trump ’s Cabinet to “act as they see fit” on the issues of impeachment and the 25th Amendment, a Biden transition spokesman has said. Trump promises Americans who voted for him “will not be disrespected or treated unfairly in any way, shape or form” in a Friday morning tweet.
Twitter suspended Trump ’s account on Wednesday after a tweet which praised those attacking the Capitol Building with the president saying “we love you” and “you’re very special”. He said the topic was “general business”, but congressional Democrats have been weighing options in impeaching President Trump for a second time.
In letter to members of House, senior Democrat says impeachment will proceed unless Trump leaves office ‘imminently’.