Therefore, as inappropriate as it is for any member of Congress to dispute a state's results in this manner (including Democrats), for representatives and senators who claim to be committed to original ism and federalism to object in these ways calls their fidelity to those principles into serious question. The affirmation came after the House and Senate overwhelmingly rejected efforts by some Republicans to object to the acceptance of ElectoralCollege wins for Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris hit 306 votes in the ElectoralCollege, 36 more than needed to secure a White House victory. Scores of his Republican allies in Congress said they would object to the acceptance of electors from states that gave Biden his margin of victory.
Trump pressured Pence to void Biden's win unilaterally by refusing to approve some ballots for the Democrat. But Pence, in a letter released Wednesday, refused to do so, saying he did not have such power as the presiding officer in the joint session of Congress to toss out ballots.
But that proceeding was interrupted for about six hours by a mob that stormed the Capitol and breached its buildings in anger over Trump's loss in the election, and their belief that he was the victim of ballot fraud. The count resumed at about 8 p.m. Wednesday, after a woman who was among the invaders was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the riot, and three other people died from medical emergencies.
The leaders of both the Republican and Democratic caucuses in the Senate vowed when they resumed proceedings that Congress would confirm Biden's election “tonight.” During the night, both chambers of Congress met separately to debate and then vote on objections by Republicans to the Biden electors from Arizona, and then from Pennsylvania.
Seven GOP senators voted to sustain the objections to the Pennsylvania electors: Ted Cruz of Texas, Josh Hawley of Missouri, Tommy Turberville of Alabama, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, Roger Marshall of Kansas, Cynthia Summit of Wyoming and Rick Scott of Florida. Six senators voted to sustain the challenge to the Arizona electors: Cruz, Hawley, Turberville, Hyde-Smith, Marshall and John Kennedy, R-La.
Before the riot, there were concerns it could take many hours, or even days, to confirm Biden won the ElectoralCollege with 306 votes to Trump's 232 because of expected objections to individual states' electors by some Republican senators and House members. Only one House member and one senator are needed to challenge a state's results, triggering up to two hours of debates in the chambers separately.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., in a letter to colleagues, said the decision to quickly resume counting votes on the heels of the riot was made in consultation with political leaders including Pence. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi reconvenes a joint session of Congress to certify Joe Biden as the next U.S. president in the U.S. Capitol in Washington, January, 6 2021.
Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., blasted Trump, whom he called “undoubtedly our worst president,” and whom he said “bears a great deal of the blame” for the riot. Schumer likened the invasion of the Capitol complex by a horde of people to the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941, saying Jan. 6, 2021, will be another “day of infamy” in American history.
The pro- Trump mob triggered lockdowns and evacuations at the Capitol, forcing lawmakers out of the House and Senate chambers shortly after the proceedings began at 1 p.m. Rioters were recorded walking the halls of the government building, entering politicians' offices and occupying the Senate chamber.
Congress' vote to confirm Joe Biden's victory came in the wee hours of Thursday, a day after a pro- Trump mob invaded the U.S. Capitol. The affirmation came after the House and Senate overwhelmingly rejected efforts by some Republicans to object to the acceptance of Electoral College wins for Biden in Arizona and Pennsylvania.
At least 140 Republicans in Congress are expected to support President Trump ’s bid to overturn the results of the ElectoralCollege next week. Biden won the ElectoralCollege 306-232, but Trump argues that fraud tipped the results in swing states.
Said Wednesday he would join with a group of House Republicans objecting to the results, ensuring there is a vote on whether to accept the ElectoralCollege outcome. A member of both the House and Senate must object to trigger actual floor votes on whether to accept the outcome.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) strongly discouraged colleagues from objecting, saying it would be a “terrible” vote for Republicans because some would oppose Trump. Senate Majority Whip John Tune (R-SD) told reporters a challenge would go down like a shot dog.
In a statement this week, Hawley noted that Democrats objected to the results of the 2004 and 2016 elections, though both efforts failed. “And I cannot vote to certify without pointing out the unprecedented effort of mega corporations, including Facebook and Twitter, to interfere in this election, in support of Joe Biden.
“The ‘Surrender Caucus’ within the Republican Party will go down in infamy as weak and ineffective ‘guardians’ of our Nation, who were willing to accept the certification of fraudulent presidential numbers!” the outgoing president tweeted. The Arkansas Republican has been floated as a future presidential candidate, and the ElectoralCollege challenge has divided the GOP at a time when it is trying to maintain its grip on the Senate majority.
Trump has actively encouraged the ElectoralCollege challenge and shortly after his warning shot at Cotton, the president tweeted quotes from Sens. Johnson defended the bid to reverse Biden’s electoral victory, arguing that Republicans cannot ignore the “legitimate concerns” about unsubstantiated allegations of widespread voter fraud put forth by Trump and his allies.
Read full articles Congress prepares to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory, thousands of people have gathered in Washington, Wednesday to show their support for President Donald Trump and his baseless claims of election fraud. Promptly poked some holes in his plans. Biden began laying out his framework for the next round of COVID-19 relief, reports The Washington Post, and said his plans include a multi-trillion-dollar package that would provide “more direct relief flowing to families, small businesses,” in part via $2,000 stimulus checks. But Man chin, who Axis notes will become an increasingly important player as a moderate in the Democrats' razor-thin Senate majority, seemed taken aback by Biden's promise.
The latest effort to recall California governor Gavin Newsom has gained more than 1 million signatures, with nine weeks left to collect the additional 500,000 that would enable the measure to be placed on the ballot. Should the recall effort receive 1.5 million total signatures by mid-March, a mid-year election would take place. “The people are being heard loud and clear, and it is not a matter of IF we are going to reach our goal necessary that will trigger a recall election of Newsom, it is just when we cross the finish line,” Orin Heat lie, the Lead Proponent of the official RecallGavin2020.com, said in a statement. A senior adviser to the recall campaign, Randy Economy, previously told Fox News that it hoped to meet the benchmark required to place the measure on the ballot by mid-to late-January. He told the outlet the effort is nonpartisan, with supporters of both Senator Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) and President Trump backing the cause. While recall initiatives in the Golden State seldom make it onto the ballot, Newsom’s public image has been marred recently by a series of controversies, including his attendance at a mask-less, not-socially-distanced indoor dinner party late last year even as he enacted strict coronavirus restrictions in the state. Economy said a number of the movement’s supporters believe the governor has mismanaged the state’s coronavirus response, particularly as it relates to small businesses. Many small business owners in the state have lost their livelihoods while big-box stores have been allowed to remain open, he said.
Newsom “put corporate interests before the people of California,” Economy said. In 2003, Gray Davis became the first governor to be recalled in the U.S. since 1921. Pope Francis said on Saturday people working against democracy must be condemned whoever they are, and lessons should be learned from this week's attack on the U.S. Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump.
Rioters surged into the building on Wednesday after Trump urged them to go the Capitol and press his baseless claims that he won re-election in November. “I was astonished because they are people so disciplined in democracy,” the pontiff told Italy's Canal 5 news channel in his first public comments on the events.
The plane was heading on a 90-minute domestic flight to Pontianak, the capital of West Kalimantan province on Indonesia's Borneo island At the time of the crash, local fishermen spoke of hearing a thunderous explosion. “The plane fell like lightning into the sea and exploded in the water,” one fisherman told the BBC’s Indonesian service.
The U.S. religious watchdog appealed Friday for the rights of a Pakistani woman from the country’s minority Ahmad is who has been jailed on blasphemy charges, declaring her a prisoner of conscience and urging Prime Minister Imran Khan's government to immediately set her free. The statement by the U.S. Commission on International Religious Freedom said 55-year-old Ramadan Bib was jailed last April under Pakistan's Draconian blasphemy law that carries the death penalty.
Rep. Michelle Steel (R-CA), who once expressed skepticism about the mask mandate in Orange County last spring, has tested positive for COVID-19. Although she does not show any symptoms, the 65-year-old Korean American politician learned she had been in contact with someone positive with the virus, Steel’s statement said via Associated Press.
“At the advice of the Attending Physician, and to protect the health of my colleagues, I will be quarantining,” Steel said via Los Angeles Times. Pakistan's prime minister on Friday appealed on protesting minority Shiites not to link the burial of 11 coal miners from their Hazard community, killed by the Islamic State group last week, to demands that he visit the mourners.
Law enforcement officials announced Friday that they had arrested the man pictured in a viral photograph sitting in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office with one leg up on her desk when pro- Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Barnett is being held in the Washington County Detention Center in Fayetteville, Ark., awaiting his initial appearance, according to NBC News. A New York Times reporter on Wednesday shared a video of Barnett, which he said was taken after the Arkansan's time in the speaker's office, and shows him bragging about taking a personalized envelope from the office, which he says he didn't steal.
Pelosi's aides have said her office was vandalized on Wednesday and that a laptop from a conference room had been stolen, though the equipment was only used for presentations. Officials earlier announced the arrests of 82 people at the state, local and federal levels, according to reports, while the FBI's Washington Field Office on Friday released 40 photos of people who are wanted in connection with the rioting at the Capitol. A state lawmaker from West Virginia was also charged Friday in connection with the riot at the Capitol. Derrick Evans, a Republican, reportedly recorded and then deleted a video of himself joining the crowd, leading to a petition asking for him to step down. Meanwhile, 70-year-old Lonnie Hoffman of Farmville, Ala. Is accused of having two handguns, an assault rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails that included gasoline and what appeared to be homemade napalm, officials said. Police were able to link Hoffman to a suspicious red GMC pick-up truck with Alabama plates, according to NBC News. Mark Leffingwell was charged and is accused of knowingly entering restricted ground and assaulting an officer after entering the Capitol.
The printing company, Movistar Direct Marketing, declined to name the worker but said it can’t offer employment to people “demonstrating dangerous conduct that endangers the health and safety of others.” Pope Francis said on Saturday he planned to be vaccinated against COVID-19 as early as next week and urged everyone to get a shot, to protect not only their own lives but those of others.
Vatican City, the smallest independent county in the world, home to about 450 people including Pope Francis, has said it will shortly launch its own vaccination campaign against the coronavirus. Pope Francis, 84, had part of one lung removed during an illness when he was a young man in his native Argentina, making him potentially vulnerable to the disease.
The Indian army said Saturday that it had apprehended a Chinese soldier in the remote Kazakh region, where the two countries are locked in a months long military standoff along their disputed mountain border. An army statement said the Chinese soldier was taken into custody on Friday for transgressing into the Indian side in area South of Pan gong TSO lake.