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US Capitol Violence LIVE Updates: Congress Finalises Joe Biden's Victory, Trump Pledges 'Orderly' Power Transfer After Capitol Riot

News18.com | January 07, 2021, 19:27 IST
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US Capitol Violence LIVE Updates: Following a formal affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, President Trump said the decision "represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history." "Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th," Trump said in a statement. "I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again," Trump said while repeating false claims about the election that incited a mob to storm the Capitol.

The Congress affirmed Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump. The Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Georgia and Pennsylvania's electoral votes for Biden. Republicans also objected to Arizona, Nevada and Michigan's electoral votes, but the motions failed before they reached debate. 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. Proceedings resumed at about 8 p.m. ET with Vice President Mike Pence, bringing the Senate session back into order. "Let's get back to work," Pence said.
Jan 07, 2021 19:27 (IST)

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Jan 07, 2021 18:00 (IST)

'Archaic' US Electoral System Doesn't Meet Democratic Standards: Russia | 'Archaic' US electoral system does not meet democratic standards: RussiaRussia said Thursday that an "archaic" US electoral system that does not meet democratic standards and the politicisation of the media were to blame for American divisions and unrest in Washington. Foreign ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said the storming of the US Capitol by supporters of Donald Trump was "an internal US affair" but that blame rested with the US system.

Jan 07, 2021 16:53 (IST)

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu: The rampage at the Capitol yesterday was a disgraceful act and it must be vigorously condemned.

Jan 07, 2021 16:42 (IST)

French President Emmanuel Macron: What happened today in Washington, D.C., is not America, definitely. We believe in the strength of our democracies, we believe in the strength of American democracy.

Jan 07, 2021 16:40 (IST)

New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern: What is happening is wrong. Democracy the right of people to exercise a vote, have their voice heard and then have that decision upheld peacefully should never be undone by a mob.

Jan 07, 2021 16:39 (IST)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel: A fundamental rule of democracy is that, after elections, there are winners and losers. Both have to play their role with decency and responsibility so that democracy itself remains the winner. ... President Trump regrettably has not conceded his defeat since November, and didnt yesterday either, and of course that has prepared the atmosphere in which such events, such violent events, are possible. 

Jan 07, 2021 16:26 (IST)

READ | US Congress Certifies Joe Biden Win, Trump Concedes Defeat Hours After Harrowing Capitol Hill Assault

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Jan 07, 2021 16:15 (IST)

World Shares Up on Stimulus Hopes as Congress OKs Biden Win | Global shares rose today after Congress certified Democrat Joe Biden's electoral college victory following unprecedented chaos when supporters of President Donald Trump ran rampant through the US Capitol, reports Associated Press. The formal recognition of Biden as president-elect on Thursday has raised expectations his administration, helped by control of both houses of Congress, will push ahead with more generous support for the US economy. Shortly after Congress certified his loss to Biden, President Donald Trump issued a statement saying there will be an orderly transition on January 20.

Jan 07, 2021 16:07 (IST)

China Draws Comparison Between Storming of US Capitol, Hong Kong Protests | China drew a comparison on Thursday between the storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump and last year's often-violent pro-democracy protests in Hong Kong, but noted that no one had died when demonstrators took over the legislature of the China-ruled city. Clips of the chaotic scenes from Washington aired repeatedly on Chinese state television. Chinese foreign ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told a daily briefing said that while events in Hong Kong in 2019, when the city's legislature was stormed, were more "severe" than those in Washington, "not one demonstrator died".

Jan 07, 2021 16:00 (IST)

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Jan 07, 2021 15:55 (IST)

Netanyahu Says 'Rampage' at US Capitol 'Disgraceful', Must be Condemned | Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said on Thursday that the storming of the US Capitol by demonstrators was “a disgraceful act that must be vigorously condemned”, reports Reuters. Calling the incident in Washington a “rampage” during televised joint remarks with visiting US Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, Netanyahu said he had “no doubt that “American democracy will prevail”, adding: “It always has.”

Jan 07, 2021 15:45 (IST)

Joe Biden Win Confirmed After Pro-Trump Mob Storms US Capitol | Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner early Thursday after a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol in a stunning attempt to overturn America’s presidential election, undercut the nation’s democracy and keep Trump in the White House, reports AP.

Jan 07, 2021 15:33 (IST)

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Jan 07, 2021 15:21 (IST)

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Jan 07, 2021 14:58 (IST)

Capitol Hill Violence Product of Years of 'Hateful Rhetoric': Experts | The storming of the U.S. Capitol is a jarring but natural product of years of violence and hateful rhetoric stoked by disinformation and conspiracy theories, experts on far-right extremism said as they pored over images of Wednesday's riot. Members of far-right groups, including the violent Proud Boys, joined the crowds that formed in Washington to cheer on President Donald Trump as he urged them to protest Congress' counting of Electoral College votes confirming President-elect Joe Biden's win. Then they headed to the Capitol. Members of smaller white supremacist and neo-Nazi groups also were spotted in the crowds. Police were photographed stopping a man identified as a leading promoter of the QAnon conspiracy theory from storming the Senate floor. Online forums popular with Trump supporters lit up with gleeful posts about the chaotic scenes broadcast from the Capitol. Thousands of messages on Parler, a right-wing alternative to Twitter, included the hashtag #civilwar or other variations of the term. “If you’re surprised, you haven’t been paying attention,” said Integrity First for America executive director Amy Spitalnick. “We should all be horrified by this, but nobody should be surprised that this is happening.”

Jan 07, 2021 14:49 (IST)

Former US Presidents Denounce Capitol Violence | Every living former US president on Wednesday denounced the violence of a mob that stormed the Capitol building in Washington, forcing lawmakers to flee to safety and leaving one woman dead. The crowd, made up of supporters of President Donald Trump, opposed the certification underway in Congress of Joe Biden's presidential election win in November. George W. Bush called out fellow Republicans for fueling the "insurrection," likening the situation to a "banana republic." Read more

Jan 07, 2021 14:39 (IST)

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Jan 07, 2021 14:26 (IST)

Trump Pledges an "Orderly" Transfer of Power to Biden | Following a formal affirmation of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory, President Trump said the decision "represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history." "Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th," Trump said in a statement, CNN reported. "I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again," Trump said while repeating false claims about the election that incited a mob to storm the Capitol.

Jan 07, 2021 14:06 (IST)

Biden is Now Officially the Next US President | Congress has just affirmed President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory over President Trump, CNN reports. The Senate and House rejected objections to throw out Georgia and Pennsylvania's electoral votes for Biden. Republicans also objected to Arizona, Nevada and Michigan's electoral votes, but the motions failed before they reached debate. 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. Proceedings resumed at about 8 p.m. ET with Vice President Mike Pence, bringing the Senate session back into order. "Let's get back to work," Pence said.

Jan 07, 2021 14:02 (IST)

Republican Senator Ted Cruz Says Vote Objection Was 'Right Thing to Do' | Republican Sen. Ted Cruz is defending his objection to the Electoral College results as “the right thing to do.” The Texas senator condemned the violence that erupted as supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol in an extraordinary attack over the election outcome. Cruz led the first challenge to Joe Biden’s defeat of President Donald Trump by objecting to Arizona’s results. He sought to have Congress launch a commission to investigate the election. His effort was roundly defeated in the House and Senate. Cruz said he was confident the country will have a “peaceful and orderly transition of power.” Biden is set to be inaugurated Jan. 20.

Jan 07, 2021 13:56 (IST)

House Lawmakers Come Close to Brawl | A small group of House lawmakers came close to physically fighting early Thursday morning as the congressional count of electoral votes stretched into the wee hours and a Pennsylvania Democrat charged that Republicans had been telling “lies” about his state’s votes. Rep. Morgan Griffiths, R-Va., objected after Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., said a breach of the Capitol by an angry mob earlier in the day was “inspired by lies, the same lies you are hearing in this room tonight.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shot down the objection, but a few minutes later Republicans and Democrats streamed to the middle aisle, with around a dozen lawmakers getting close to each other and arguing. But the group quickly broke up when Pelosi called for order on the floor. President Donald Trump has falsely claimed there was widespread fraud in Pennsylvania and other states and Republicans have echoed those claims as they have challenged electoral votes.

Jan 07, 2021 13:43 (IST)

Congress Takes Dig at Modi After Capitol Hill Violence | Congress leader Adhir Ranjan Chowdhury on Thursday took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi after the US saw violence when a pro-Trump mob stormed the US capitol. Modi has often in the past supported Trump's presidency and leadership, most recently when he hosted mega-event in his honour called 'Namaste Trump' last year. "Our Hon PM  @narendramodi Ji pleaded for "Phir Ekbar, Trump ki Sarkar", God forbids, else #USA the Oldest Democracy in the World would have been destined for Worst-ever days for USA...(sic)," he said in a tweet.

Jan 07, 2021 13:15 (IST)

In Pictures | Congress staffers barricade themselves after Trump supporters stormed inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Donald Trump's supporters stormed a session of Congress held today, January 6, to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup. (Olivier Douliery/AFP) 

Jan 07, 2021 13:11 (IST)

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Jan 07, 2021 13:08 (IST)

House is Voting Now on Objection to Pennsylvania's Electoral Votes | The House just wrapped up its debate over an objection on Pennsylvania's electoral votes for President-elect Joe Biden, CNN reports.

Jan 07, 2021 12:59 (IST)

Democratic Congresswoman Joins Calls for Trump's Removal by 25th Amendment | Democratic Representative Madeleine Dean joined calls for President Trump's removal from office by means of the Constitution's 25th Amendment, the CNN has reported. "I certainly hope it is possible," the Pennsylvania lawmaker told CNN. "I think this President has proved himself day after day, month after month, year after year to be unstable and unfit. In these waning days of this disgraceful presidency I hope we will be able to invoke the 25th Amendment," she added.

Jan 07, 2021 12:49 (IST)

A Somber Senate Unites to Reject Election Challenges | A sober, shaken Senate returned to its hallowed chamber Wednesday night to slap away a frivolous election challenge, but its secondary purpose seemed to be to rise from the wreckage of a shocking day in which they were forced to flee the Capitol by a mob of supporters of President Donald Trump. The riot in the Capitol prompted more than half of those who had signed on to the protest to instead vote “no.” Catering to Trump's supporters seemed less important than defending democracy. Tennessee's GOP senators abandoned the effort, as did Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., who lost her runoff election Tuesday, helping to deliver control of the Senate to Democrats. Wisconsin's GOP Sen. Ron Johnson dropped out, as did James Lankford, R-Okla., a promising younger Republican who raised eyebrows when initially supporting the effort. The 93-6 tally upholding President-elect Joe Biden's win in Arizona was preceded by an unusually serious debate in which party labels were shed and constitutional prerogatives embraced. “We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs, or threats. We will not bow to lawlessness or intimidation," said Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky. “We are back at our posts. We will discharge our duty under the Constitution for our nation. And we are going to do it tonight."

Jan 07, 2021 12:44 (IST)

Ahead of US Capitol Hill Siege, Black Voters Played a Key Role in Turning Georgia Blue | Donald Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol Hill on Wednesday, as the entire world watched in shock, only hours after Democrats won both the Georgia runoffs. Democrat Raphael Warnock made history as the first black senator in the state, winning against Senator Kelly Loeffler, and Democrat Jon Ossoff won against Republican David Perdue. The twin win is historic in many ways as this will tip the balance of power in the US Senate in favour of the Democrats. Read more

Jan 07, 2021 12:33 (IST)

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White House Deputy National Security Adviser Resigns | White House Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger resigned in response to President Trump’s reaction to a mob of his supporters breaching the US Capitol, a person close to Pottinger confirmed to CNN. He told people there was very little for him to consider.  CNN reported Wednesday night that several of President Donald Trump's top aides, including national security adviser Robert O'Brien and deputy chief of staff Chris Liddell, were considering resigning.

US Capitol Violence LIVE Updates: Congress Finalises Joe Biden's Victory, Trump Pledges 'Orderly' Power Transfer After Capitol Riot
A supporter of US President Donald Trump wears a gas mask and holds a bust of him after he and hundreds of others stormed stormed the Capitol building on January 6, 2021 in Washington, DC. Donald Trump's supporters stormed a session of Congress held today, January 6, to certify Joe Biden's election win, triggering unprecedented chaos and violence at the heart of American democracy and accusations the president was attempting a coup. (AFP)

DC Police Chief Robert Contee announced this evening that three people died from medical emergencies during today’s insurrection at the Capitol, taking the toll in the incident to 4 after a woman supporter of Trump died earlier in the day. Contee did not specify if these people were involved in any way with the overtaking of the Capitol building. “One adult female and two adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies, which resulted in their deaths. Any loss of life in the District is tragic and our thoughts are with anyone impacted by their loss," he said. DC Fire and Emergency Medical services transported people to area hospitals with injuries ranging from cardiac arrest to multiple fractures after falling from scaffolding on the West front of the Capitol building. However, city officials did not say whether any of these people are the ones now deceased.

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced she is extending the public emergency to 15 days, as a result of rioters overtaking the US Capitol building earlier today. This will take the emergency declaration until the day after President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The mayor says that the people who stormed the Capitol, “sought to disrupt the Congressional proceedings relating to the acceptance of electoral college votes.” “Persons are dissatisfied with judicial rulings and the findings of State Boards of Elections, and some persons can be expected to continue their violent protests through the inauguration.”

A woman who was shot as Trump's supporters invaded the US Capitol on Wednesday has died, a Washington police spokeswoman said. Alaina Gertz offered no details on who the woman was or the circumstances of the shooting, which is now under investigation by the metropolitan police. Unverified videos appear to show a woman who was part of the protests on the floor inside the Capitol and bleeding after gunfire erupted momentarily. Police cleared the last of the supporters of Trump from the US Capitol on Wednesday after they stormed the building and disrupted the certification by Congress of Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.

US media outlets quoted the sergeants-at-arms of the House of Representatives and the Senate as saying the Capitol was now secure, about four hours after it first came under attack. A dusk-to-dawn curfew has been declared by Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser, who asked for the assistance of the National Guard to help reestablish order in the nation's capital. The curfew went into force at 6:00 pm (0100 GMT) but thousands of Trump supporters could still be seen milling about the streets. "We want everybody to move out and move out quickly," Bowser told reporters. "The curfew will be enforced."

Police in riot gear had set up a perimeter around the Capitol building, which came under attack by Trump supporters after the president addressed a rally nearby in which he repeated his baseless claims of election fraud.

Twitter on Wednesday threatened to permanently ban Trump from the platform for flouting its civic integrity rules, ordering him to remove three rule-breaking tweets.

The messaging platform locked Trump for 12 hours and said his account will remain locked if the offending messaging are not taken down, according to the Twitter safety team.

"As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC, we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy," Twitter said in a post. "If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked."