DC police said in a press conference late Wednesday night that three other people had died from “medical emergencies,” though they didn’t provide additional details. It did, however, succeed in one of its aims: temporarily disrupting the congressional certification of the 2020 election results, preventing President-elect Joe Biden from completing one of the final steps toward becoming president.
Trump himself addressed a crowd of several thousand rally attendees near the White House on Wednesday, and encouraged them to take their protest to the Capitol following his remarks. Julio Cortez/AP As Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory, thousands of people have gathered to show their support for President Donald Trump.
Julio Cortez/AP Demonstrators breached security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated electoral vote certification in the 2020 presidential election. Saul Lobe/AFP/Getty Images The Washington Post’s Rebecca Tan reported that the Trump supporters were met with barricades, which they destroyed.
The insurrection will not stop Biden from becoming president, as Congress resumed proceedings late Wednesday evening after the Capitol was finally secured. Every day at Vox, we aim to answer your most important questions and provide you, and our audience around the world, with information that empowers you through understanding.
Your financial contribution will not constitute a donation, but it will enable our staff to continue to offer free articles, videos, and podcasts to all who need them. Sidney Powell (left), Mike Flynn (right) and Ron Watkins (inset) were known for relentlessly pushing the idea that a 'deep state' was working to undermine Trump, and on Wednesday night rioters who believed the bizarre philosophy were among those who stormed the Capitol.
The FBI released an image today of a hooded suspect wearing a mask, gloves and carrying an object as hundreds of Donald Trump supporters rioted in Washington DC on Wednesday. Jenny Judd boasted in a Facebook video about how the supposed 'patriots' had invaded the US Congress after listening to Donald Trump's fiery speech near the White House.
Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei slammed the U.S. in a series of scathing tweets and said their 'American values' are being 'ridiculed even by their friends' following the Capitol riots. A staunch and outspoken supporter of Joe Biden and progressive politics, Lady Gaga made her feelings known on Thursday night following the harrowing events that transpired in Washington.
Twitter's share price slipped 1.8 percent on Thursday after the social media giant suspended Donald Trump's account for 12 hours over his dangerous rhetoric about riots at the Capitol. News of Betsy Devon' departure came hours after Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell, also tendered her resignation.
The Florida estate where Jeffrey Epstein sexually abused young girls is set to be bulldozed after a local developer bought it, reportedly for $18 million, and confirmed he plans to knock it down. The Wall Street Journal on Thursday evening published a damning indictment of Donald Trump, calling on him to resign to leave on his own terms and accusing him of betraying his supporters.
President Donald Trump has spoken about the possibility of granting himself a self-pardon, pardoning family members and close associates, as well as a pair of rappers in his final days in office. Videos shared on social media showed US police apparently opening fences for the mob and taking selfies with them, prompting suspicions that some of them sympathized with the invasion.
In a statement the former First Lady slammed the lenient police response to the mob, arguing that it was a far cry from law enforcement's crackdown on BLM protesters this past summer. Two more rioters in Wednesday's violent siege at the Capitol were identified on Thursday night as Florida firefighter Andy Williams and 'Baby Lives Matter' founder Taylor Hansen.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez upped the Twitter feud with Ted Cruz on Thursday evening by calling him out for pleading for money in a fundraising text sent after protesters descended on the Capitol Wednesday. Trump supporters posted messages on The Donald that threatened violence against lawmakers, police, and journalists if Congress did not refuse to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's victory.
Joe Biden blasted President Trump for 'inciting a mob to attack the Capitol'; said if it was Black Lives Matter protesters who had done such a thing, they would have been treated different Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, who is married to Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell resigned citing President Trump's behavior in regard to Capitol Hill riots.
After whipping his loyalists into a frenzy at a rally on the White House Ellipse on Wednesday, Trump retreated as the chaos he unleashed unfolded, still raging over the election results. Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi have both called on Mike Pence to remove Donald Trump from office with the 25th Amendment.
6:05 PM / January 7, 2021, Talk of the 25th Amendment is intended to shock President Trump into awareness that mutiny is possible if he doesn't take basic steps, Republican officials tell CBS News. The president's statement Thursday morning, tweeted by Trump aide Dan Saving, was a step in that conciliatory direction.
A GOP source told CBS News chief Washington correspondent Major Garrett that Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao's impending resignation takes some air out of the 25th Amendment possibility, as she would have voted in favor of removing the president. Mr. Trump, sources say, will not let go of his “steal” obsession, and refuses to deal with anyone who won't buttress his angriest and wildest theories.
He is speaking to his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani as well as Michael Flynn, his disgraced former national security adviser he pardoned, as well as fringe attorney Sidney Powell more and more, and his chief of staff Mark Meadows and White House counsel Pat Cipollone and others less and less. Mr. Trump's isolation is real, and he has no qualms about turning on Vice President Mike Pence or any ramifications thereof.
Last year, Republican National Committee Chairwoman Donna McDaniel moved the RNC meeting to reelect her up a full month to this week, thinking the timing would be a celebration of two Georgia runoff wins. Standing up for strong security at the Capitol and attending President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration will now have to be a Republican priority to exhibit healing and taking Trump mobs more seriously, GOP sources said.
Standing up for security at the Capitol and attending Biden inauguration will now have to be a GOP priority to exhibit healing and taking Trump mobs more seriously. 19 m ago Education Secretary Betsy Devon on Thursday night became the latest Trump administration official to resign in the wake of the assault on the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
But, she said, “impressionable children” were watching the riots at the Capitol and “we each have a moral obligation to exercise good judgement and model the behavior we hope they would emulate.” 7:32 PM In a new video posted to Twitter on Thursday night, more than 24 hours after his supporters stormed the Capitol, President Trump said he is “outraged” by the “violence, lawlessness and mayhem” the day before.
“As a publisher it will always be our mission to amplify a variety of voices and viewpoints: at the same time we take seriously our larger public responsibility as citizens, and cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom,” Simon & Schuster said in a statement. “Simon & Schuster is canceling my contract because I was representing my constituents, leading a debate on the Senate floor on voter integrity which they have now decided to redefine as sedition.
Many members of Congress criticized the response, and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Thursday called for his resignation. On Wednesday, deputy White House press secretary Sarah Matthews resigned in the wake of the violence at the Capitol.
When asked if prosecutors were interested in individuals who made statements encouraging “combat” or “fighting,” he said his office is “looking at all actors here.” The president does not want Marc Short, Pence's chief of staff, to return to the White House complex, the official said.
Mr. Trump is angry about advice Short is giving the vice president and blames him for Pence not agreeing to try to change the election result in the joint session of Congress on Wednesday, according to the official. Shortly after Mr. Trump's speech, Pence told lawmakers he didn't believe he had the authority to unilaterally reject states' electoral votes.
“A band of people who are terrorists, not patriots, literally occupied the floor of the House, drove the Senate out of its chambers, and the question for the country is, how could this happen 20 years after 9/11?” Reflecting on Mr. Trump's four years in office, Graham said his presidency has been “consequential” in terms of the conservative policy victories, but his legacy is “tarnished” by the events at the Capitol.
Graham also implored those close to the president who continue to push efforts to reverse the outcome of the election to stop. “This has to end,” he said, adding that not a single judge found the allegations of voter fraud raised by Mr. Trump's lawyers to be legitimate and not one state legislature certified their election results.
Lee and the senators believe there needs to be “strong leadership” at the White House in the final days of Mr. Trump's presidency, regardless of his behavior on Wednesday, said the official, who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss a sensitive issue. Their efforts come as some White House officials and even Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao have submitted their resignations in light of the Capitol riots.
2:37 PM / January 7, 2021 At her press conference, Pelosi said she was demanding the resignation of the head of the U.S. Capitol Police in the wake of the attack, and revealed the House sergeant at arms had stepped down. “In calling for this seditious act, the president has committed an unspeakable assault on our nation, and our people,” Pelosi said at a press conference at the Capitol Thursday.
The president-elect accused Mr. Trump of “inciting a mob to attack the Capitol, to threaten elected representatives ... and even the vice president, to stop the Congress from ratifying the will of the American people.” 1:50 PM / January 7, 2021, Maryland Governor Larry Hogan, a Republican, said he believes Mr. Trump should not finish his term as president following the chaos that occurred at the Capitol.
Hogan said he was unsure of how that process should occur but praised Pence for rejecting Mr. Trump's call for him to certify the electoral votes for Mr. Biden. 1:43 PM / January 7, 2021, Elaine Chao, the secretary of transportation, announced she is resigning in the wake of the Capitol assault.
Chao, who is married to Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, is the first Cabinet secretary to resign in the wake of the attack. “Yesterday, our country experienced a traumatic and entirely avoidable event as supporters of the President stormed the Capitol building following a rally he addressed,” Chao wrote in an email to colleagues.
Chao said she was “tremendously proud of the many accomplishments we were able to achieve together for our country” and vowed to help Pete Buttigieg, President-elect Joe Biden's nominee, prepare to take over the Transportation Department. 1:20 PM / January 7, 2021 Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Con tee said at a press conference Thursday that he had “no intelligence that suggested there would be a breach of the U.S. Capitol” ahead of Wednesday's attack.
“Not only did we activate the National Guard, but we also initiated mutual aid with several area law enforcement agencies before yesterday.” Nonetheless, hundreds of protesters entered Congress' halls, forcing lawmakers to take shelter before fleeing for safety.
1:05 PM / January 7, 2021, FBI Director Christopher Way said the attack on the Capitol “showed a blatant and appalling disregard for our institutions of government and the orderly administration of the democratic process,” and vowed to identify those who stormed the halls of Congress. “As we've said consistently, we do not tolerate violent agitators and extremists who use the guise of First Amendment-protected activity to incite violence and wreak havoc.
Bowler said “clearly there was a failure” in security, which allowed hundreds of protesters to freely enter the halls of Congress. She said “a more robust presence” of law enforcement would have prevented people from getting inside the Capitol, and called for a federal investigation into the security response.
12:29 PM / January 7, 2021, Jeffrey Rose, the acting attorney general, says federal authorities investigating the assault on the Capitol are preparing to bring charges against suspects as early as Thursday. “Some participants in yesterday's violence will be charged today, and we will continue to methodically assess evidence, charge crimes and make arrests in the coming days and weeks to ensure that those responsible are held accountable under the law,” Rose said in a statement released by the Justice Department.
“Yesterday, that culminated in violence sedition against the U.S. Congress for the purposes of overturning a legally recognized and valid election.” 11:45 AM / January 7, 2021, Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer called for the vice president to swiftly invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Mr. Trump from office as soon as today.
If Pence and a majority of the Cabinet decline to remove the president, he called for Congress to convene and impeach and convict him. 11:42 AM / January 7, 2021, The White House announced it has withdrawn Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf's nomination to become the formal head of the department, less than an hour after Wolf issued a statement calling on the president to denounce the rioters who invaded the Capitol.
The president first submitted Wolf's nomination to become homeland security secretary to the Senate last summer, and resubmitted it after the new Congress was sworn in on Sunday. 11:35 AM / January 7, 2021, Former Attorney General William Barr excoriated Mr. Trump for his response to the violent mob of his supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, destroying property and clashing with police in a failed attempt to block the constitutionally required counting of electoral votes by Congress.
The pro- Trump mob, he said, attacked officers with metal pipes, deployed chemical irritants and used other weapons during their assault on the Capitol. Sound confirmed a “sworn USCG employee” fired their service weapon, fatally hitting an adult woman, identified as Ash Babbitt.
“It is for this reason that I call for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to ensure the next few weeks are safe for the American people and that we have a sane captain of the ship.” A number of Democrats have already called on the vice president and Cabinet to remove Mr. Trump from office in the wake of Wednesday's shocking events, while others are suggesting the House should move to impeach him again for his actions in encouraging his supporters to descend on the Capitol and initial refusal to call for them to pull back.
The Illinois congressman said that when Mr. Trump was asked to denounce the violence committed by his supporters, “he barely did so, while of course victimizing himself and seeming to give a wink and a nod to those doing it.” 11:14 AM / January 7, 2021, Facebook has banned the president from posting to its platform indefinitely and at least until he is out of power, CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday.
Zuckerberg said the “shocking events of the last 24 hours” showed that the president “intends to use his remaining time in office to undermine the peaceful and lawful transition of power to his elected successor, Joe Biden.” Therefore, we are extending the block we have placed on his Facebook and Instagram accounts indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until the peaceful transition of power is complete,” Zuckerberg said in a statement.
Major tech platforms took action against the president's social media accounts Wednesday as the crisis at the Capitol unfolded. “His decision to use his platform to condone rather than condemn the actions of his supporters at the Capitol building has rightly disturbed people in the US and around the world.
11:02 AM / January 7, 2021, Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser is holding a news conference Thursday morning in the wake of the violent protests at the Capitol. Guard units from the District of Columbia, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and Virginia will remain activated through Inauguration Day on January 20.
About 150 Guard troops are helping maintain a perimeter around the Capitol, freeing up law enforcement to assist elsewhere, according to the official. 10:39 AM / January 7, 2021, Chad Wolf, the acting secretary of homeland security, condemned the violence at the Capitol and said Mr. Trump should denounce those responsible for the attack.
“These violent actions are unconscionable, and I implore the President and all elected officials to strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday,” he added. 10:24 AM / January 7, 2021, GOP Senator Marco Rubio took to Twitter to issue thinly veiled criticisms of his fellow Republican senators and Mr. Trump for claiming efforts to invalidate electoral votes for Mr. Biden would succeed and that Pence could certify the election results despite lacking such authority.
Hawley and Cruz, both of whom are considered potential presidential candidates in 2024, led objections to the electoral votes from Pennsylvania and Arizona, respectively, forcing the House and Senate into separate sessions to debate their challenges. Ahead of Wednesday's joint session, Cruz led a coalition of 11 Republican senators who pushed for an emergency audit of the election results.
In their appeals for money, the Republican senators asked supporters to donate to assist their efforts to challenge the election results. When rioters stormed the building Wednesday they broke doors and windows and forced officers to create a barricade inside the House chamber.
Law enforcement sources say FBI and Department of Homeland Security intelligence reports were not warning of violence. He estimates that half to three quarters of the roughly 2,300 Capitol officers were prepared, and that force may have underestimated the protest's potential.
After the breach, 1,100 D.C. National Guard troops were deployed and hundreds of federal law enforcement officers were sent in to assist. Compare that to June, when around 5,000 guardsmen and 1,600 active duty troops were brought to the D.C. area ahead of protests following the death of George Floyd.
“If this were a group of young people who was organizing under the banner of Black Lives Matter, we would have seen triple the number of law enforcement,” said NAACP President and CEO Derrick Johnson. Updated 9:32 AM / January 7, 2021, The FBI is soliciting information from the public that will help with identifying people who “are actively instigating violence in” the nation's capital, the bureau said late Wednesday.
“The FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in the U.S. Capitol Building and surrounding area in Washington, DC, on January 6, 2021,” it said. Members of the public were encouraged to submit photos, videos and other multimedia files related to possible violations of federal law, or call 1-800-CALL-FBI with tips.
The national security adviser praised Pence's handling of the events that unfolded, calling him “a genuinely fine and decent man” who “exhibited courage.” Updated 9:15 AM / January 7, 2021, Mick Juliana, the former acting White House chief of staff who was the special envoy to Northern Ireland, has resigned, he told CNBC, joining a growing number of Trump administration officials stepping down in the wake of Wednesday's assault on the U.S. Capitol by a pro- Trump mob.
He was director of the Office of Management and Budget and acting White House chief of staff, a position he held for nearly 15 months. Cabin Bots ford/The Washington Post via Getty Images He is one of several members of the Trump administration to resign following Wednesday's events.
The statement was tweeted by White House senior official Dan Scan vino, since Mr. Trump has been restricted from Twitter after his supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol.