The key battleground states of Pennsylvania, Michigan, Nevada, Wisconsin, Arizona, Georgia have already certified Biden as the winner. Georgia is conducting a second recount but the Republican Secretary of State there indicated Wednesday that it had so far not found results that deviate significantly from the original count.
Those absentee ballots skewed heavily for Biden after Trump ’s yearlong assault on mail-in voting turned off his voters to the method. But the absentee ballots that were reported last favored Biden by an even wider margin because Democrats were significantly more likely to vote by mail than Republicans.
Poll watchers from the Trump campaign as well as both the Republican and Democratic parties were allowed to observe vote processing. A viral video emerged on Nov. 3 showing observers from both the Republican and Democratic parties who were locked out because the limit on election challengers had already been exceeded.
The Detroit Free Press reported that at one point roughly 400 challengers were inside the room where vote processing was underway. Claim : Trump said the Democratic Party mailed tens of millions of ballots to “unknown recipients” with virtually no safeguards in place.
In its own fact-check, the DHS cybersecurity division said every state has safeguards in place to ensure bad actors cannot change the election outcome without detection. Those measures include protection against malicious software and regularly checking that tabulation systems are functioning, without any irregularities or glitches.
Trump and his supporters have pushed a series of false claims about Dominion, including that the company has ties to Venezuela and makes political donations to the Democratic Party. The Denver-based, nonpartisan company has said it made a one-time philanthropic commitment at a Clinton Global Initiative meeting in 2014 but the nonprofit has no involvement in Dominion’s operations, the Associated Press reported.
Facts: Trump has repeatedly questioned the validity of recounts in Georgia by arguing signatures on the ballots haven't been checked. Georgia's officials certified Biden’s victory after an initial state-ordered hand recount affirmed he won the state by 12,284 votes.
In the wake of the attack on the U.S. Capitol, ABC News’ Kyra Phillips reports on multiple cases where President Donald Trump ’s words have been cited in acts of violence. Facebook and Twitter moved to suspend President Trump's accounts after the violence at the U.S. Capitol this week.
ABC News contributor discuss what led to the companies' decisions and what's next. Democrats said that President Donald Trump should be impeached for “inciting sedition” Wednesday and some Republicans in Congress are privately discussing his removal, according to sources.
President Trump has suggested to advisers that he wants to grant himself a pardon before leaving office, sources familiar with the discussions told ABC News. Some members of the Cabinet are considering invoking the 25th Amendment after the president’s refusal to call in the National Guard during Wednesday’s riots, sources told ABC News.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove the president following Wednesday's rioting at the Capitol. “If we're not going to use the 25th Amendment ... than I'm not clear what it's really for,” the Delaware senator said in reaction to the events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.
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. 9:31 PM / January 7, 2021, 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.
7:32 PM / January 7, 2021, 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. A senior administration official earlier told CBS News that the D.C. National Guard was activated on Wednesday after Vice President Mike Pence contacted Joint Chiefs of Staff General Mark Miller and acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller.
6:51 PM / January 7, 2021, Publisher Simon & Schuster said Thursday that it is dropping plans to publish Senator Josh Hawley's book “The Tyranny of Big Tech,” saying it “cannot support Senator Hawley after his role in what became a dangerous threat to our democracy and freedom.” “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. “Yesterday was the physical culmination of the long attempt (by Hawley and others) to foment a lack of public confidence in our democratic system,” Dan forth said.
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.
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.
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.
Nonetheless, hundreds of protesters entered Congress' halls, forcing lawmakers to take shelter before fleeing for safety. Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy, who was also at the press conference, said officials did not expect in their “wildest imagination” that “the types of groups that were there” would breach the Capitol.
“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. 12:41 PM / January 7, 2021, A 7-foot-tall “non-scalable fence” will be erected around the U.S. Capitol complex for at least 30 days, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said at a press conference with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser on Thursday.
McCarthy said the Defense Department had discussed security plans “with the Capitol Police and others” in the run-up to Wednesday's demonstrations, but “no requests of the D.C. National Guard were made.” 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.
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.
Sound said Capitol Police officers and the agency's law enforcement partners “responded valiantly” to the thousands of protesters involved. The pro- Trump mob, he said, attacked officers with metal pipes, deployed chemical irritants and used other weapons during their assault on the Capitol.
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. Many of the GOP senators who joined his coalition, however, backed down after the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol by a pro- Trump mob.
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.