By Melissa Quinn, Grace Segers, Kathryn Watson, Stefan Becket, Audrey McNamara and Caroline Linton

Updated on: 7 January 2021 / 03:16 am
/ CBS NEWS

Washington – Legislators returned to the Capitol late Wednesday to count the votes of the electoral college hours after angry rioters overran the building and members of Congress fled in the most brazen assault on the pillars of American democracy in recent history were

The Senate was debating an objection to Arizona’s election results as the rioters stormed the Capitol.When they returned almost six hours later, the debate continued, but the Senate eventually voted 93-6 to reject them The House voted 303- 121 for rejecting the objection

Many of the planned objections were withdrawn, including Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler’s planned objection to Georgia’s results.No Senators signed House Objections to Michigan and Nevada results, so they went nowhere, but Missouri Republican Senator Josh Hawley signed the Pennsylvania objection, which resulted in a 92-7 vote to reject it, the House then rejected 282-138

House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi had vowed to resume the suspended trial on Wednesday evening after the Capitol breach.The senators returned to the Capitol under close guard, taking away the ballot papers rescued by rioters who used to be had broken into the chamber on the day

“The United States and the United States Congress are facing far greater threats than the people we saw today. We have never been deterred and we will not be deterred today. They tried to disrupt our democracy They have failed, “said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell after his return to the Senate.” This failed insurrection only underscores the importance of the task ahead for our republic. ”
Chaos erupted in the Capitol on Wednesday afternoon when thousands of pro-Trump protesters attacked the complex and eventually entered the Senate, plunging Washington into crisis, and halting the polls in Congress to vote for President-elect Joe Confirm Biden’s Victory The President stirred up thousands of supporters in a White House speech before marching to the Capitol and vowed to “never allow” the election

Both the House and Senate had abruptly withdrawn when it became clear that the rioters had violated the Capitol, and Senate Vice President Mike Pence was quickly thrown away as the intruders entered the complex, and Senators and Press officials evacuated from the Senate Chamber and armed officials in the Chamber of the House aimed firearms at those who tried to break through the barricaded doors Legislators stayed in hiding for hours as hundreds of police officers worked to evacuate the building and control the crisis / p>

One woman was shot dead in the complex and later succumbed to her injuries, police said. Three others died as a result of medical emergencies, Metro DC. Police said

Senator Ted Cruz, one of the few Republican senators who supported objections to the election results in Arizona and Pennsylvania, said in a statement early Thursday morning that he

Cruz admitted disappointment that Congress had not voted to appoint an electoral commission but appeared ready to take the next step in the transition process

“I wish very much that Congress had not addressed these concerns, but I respect the position that each of my colleagues took. The debate in the two houses of Congress is the right way to resolve our political differences, not through violent ones Attacks, “said Cruz.” Now Congress must exercise our constitutional responsibility to complete the electoral college certification process. We must, and I am confident, that we will have a peaceful and orderly transfer of power under the Constitution. “

There was brief chaos when Democratic Congressman Conor Lamb said Republicans lied about the elections A Republican asked to remove Lamb’s words from the file After some back and forth, there was a brief confrontation in the middle of the aisle GOP rep Andy Harris and Democratic rep Colin Allred appeared to be on the verge of a fist fight

“These objections deserve no ounce of respect,” said Lamb in his short speech, which was cheered by the Democrats

GOP rep Jeff Van Drew, a former Democrat, accused the Democrats of accusing Republicans of lying to applaud from the GOP side of the aisle

The Capitol Police gave the all-clear early Thursday after the “external security threat incident at the Capitol Complex” “

The US. The Capitol was wounded Wednesday by an angry crowd of rioters who sent members of Congress on the run and delayed the census of the electoral college

The Senate rejected the Pennsylvania vote objection by 92-7. Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Cynthia Lummis, Roger Marshall, Rick Scott, and Tommy Tuberville voted for the objection, the Hawley had signed

GOP Senator Mike Lee said “damn no” when asked, then laughed sheepishly. The Democratic Senator from Montana, Tester, didn’t hear his name and didn’t reply until after Mark Warner said, “Tester!”

Republican Senator Josh Hawley and a number of Republican members of the House of Representatives have objected to the Pennsylvania vote and have suspended the joint session of Congress as the House and Senate return to their respective chambers

Members now have the opportunity to make five-minute speeches. The joint session was suspended for up to two hours before the objection was voted on

Former Texas Republican Congressman Will Hurd spoke with Red and Blue about the violent pro-Trump protesters who stormed Capitol Hill and what he would like to see of his party and the president in the future. p>

No senators have signed up to join the 70 members of the House of Representatives who protested Michigan’s results, meaning the attempt failed

Newly minted Congresswoman Marjorie Greene announced 70 House votes in protest but admitted that she lacked a Senator’s signature to accompany House efforts

Moments later, no senators signed the Republicans’ objection to the results in Nevada. This move also failed

No Senators Objected President-Elect Joe Biden’s Victory in Georgia, one of the several states that President Trump targeted Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler said she intended to object to her state’s results, but she withdrew her appeal earlier after protesters captured the US Capitol early Wednesday

Vice President Mike Pence said the objections had been withdrawn. Objections in the house cannot be raised without a senator’s signature

The joint session of Congress took place shortly after 11:30 p.m., with senators filtering back into the Chamber of the House. Legislators will now continue the electoral college vote

The timing of the next few hours depends on whether a Senator, together with the Republicans of the House, questions the results in other states. If so, both houses must debate again for two hours before they can vote on the objections again / p>

Florida Congressman Matt Gaetz was booed on the floor of the house Wednesday night when he said, “Some of the people who broke through the Capitol today weren’t Trump supporters – they disguised themselves as Trump supporters””

The Republican Congressman defended President Trump, claiming while members of Congress could “groan and groan,” said Mr. Trump was “much clearer about his calls for peace than some of the BLM and left wing rioters this summer when we saw violence in this nation”

Gaetz was cheered for these comments, but the applause turned into boos when he claimed without evidence that the people who stormed the Capitol were members of “Antifa” disguised as Trump supporters “

Mr Trump spoke to supporters before the Capitol was besieged and urged his supporters to “go down to the Capitol” and “never take our country back with weakness.” “Many of the rioters in the Capitol waved Trump flags, demanding that the election results be overturned for him will be

In the House of Representatives, 121 Republicans voted to cast the vote of Arizona voters for President-elect Joe Biden, which is well over half the House

GOP leaders Kevin McCarthy and House Republican Whip Steve Scalise voted against objections

, among others

Only 83 Republicans in the House had no objections to the approval of the Arizona results. The objection was ultimately defeated 121-303

According to Metro D, four people died in the violent protest in the Capitol Police One woman was shot dead by the police and three others died as a result of medical emergencies

So far, more than 52 people have been arrested, of which 47 concerned violations of the curfew

Police officers said they also found two pipe bombs, one on the Republican National Committee and one on the Democratic National Committee. A Molotov cocktail was also found not far from the Capitol

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has extended the city’s public emergency ordinance by a total of 15 days When announcing the extension, Bowser wrote that some people who have violated the U The Capitol on Wednesday is said to “continue its violent protests until inauguration” on Jan. January

“Today the First Amendment protests became violent. Many people came armed and engaged in violence and destruction in the district for the purpose of violence and destruction,” Bowser said in a statement. “They have chemical irritants, bricks , Bottles and Guns Fired They have violated the security of the Capitol and their destructive and seditious behavior may spread beyond the Capitol. Your motivation continues “

In the capital, a curfew came into force at 6 p.m. ET and stays in place until 6 a Thursday

After confronting his supporters with falsehoods about the elections that he claims were stolen from him, President Trump urged them to fight for his presidency in the Capitol on Wednesday – and once urged his supporters to to go to the Capitol to challenge weak “Republicans including Vice President Mike Pence – some of Mr Trump’s own cabinet members whispered about whether to go through formal proceedings to settle on Jan. Appoint amendment and remove him from office days before the end of his term of office

These talks are at an early stage and have not been formally presented to Vice President Pence at the time of this writing. There are unconfirmed reports that some cabinet members are also considering resigning

Since Pence chaired the joint session of Congress to confirm the result of the presidential election, he has not had much contact with the other 15 cabinet members lately, despite having discussed it with the Joint Chief’s chairman, Mark Milley had activation of National Guard forces to occupy protests in Washington, D It was pence and not Mr. Trump, who activated these troops

The National Security Advisor’s Ambassador, Robert O’Brien, spent the early part of the day in Miami on a routine visit to SOUTHCOM, but made it clear in a series of subsequent statements that he was in contact with both Senate leaders and the Vice President He praised Pence for his courage in the face of today’s violence and said he was “proud to serve with him””

After world leaders of dictatorships and democracies made scathing statements about what they saw in the seat of power of the world’s most powerful democracy, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo tweeted three times about the violence but made no mention of the president especially what spurred the deeds on

But violence that endangers the safety of others, including those intended to protect us all, is unbearable, both domestically and internationally. Let us quickly bring justice to the criminals involved in this riots

America is better than what we saw today in a place where I served as a member of Congress and saw democracy at its best firsthand

The Senate overwhelmingly rejected Gosar and Cruz’s objection to the Arizona electoral college vote by 6-93 votes

It took a simple majority to uphold the objection Cruz, Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith of Mississippi, John Kennedy of Louisiana, Roger Marshall of Kansas, and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama, all Republicans, voted to reject Arizona’s electoral votes

The Senate ended its debate, which lasted a maximum of two hours, shortly before 10 p.m. after the proceedings were suspended for several hours when the violent mob of Mr. Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol

Both chambers are required to uphold an appeal, which means it will fail and Arizona results will stand

Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina, chairman of the judiciary committee and one of the president’s staunchest allies, reiterated his opposition to states ‘rejection of votes and said Republicans’ efforts to override the will of the people would be faced whose democracy

“I think postponing this election is a singularly bad idea Trump and I, we had a hell of a good trip I hate to be this way I hate to be this way” he said “I can only say count me out Enough is enough “

“I’m not buying that enough is enough we have to end it,” Graham continued, “what they ask of you, Vice President Pence, you won’t do because you can’t. If you’re a Conservative, this is the most insulting thing Concept of the world that a single person disenfranchises 155 million people “

Graham concluded by saying that “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be legally elected and will be elected on May 20 January will be President and Vice President of the United States, “and received applause from his colleagues

Senator Mitt Romney thanked his Republican colleagues who voted against objections to the state election results and accused those who continue to question these results of “being involved in an unprecedented attack on our democracy” “

“For anyone who insists on an exam to satisfy the many people who believe the election was stolen, I would offer this prospect – no Congressional exam will ever convince those voters, especially if the President does becomes”Keep saying the election was stolen The best way to show respect to disgruntled voters is to tell them the truth!” Romney said, causing sustained applause in the Senate Chamber

“That’s the burden, that’s the duty of leadership. The truth is that President-elect Biden won the election. President Trump lost. I had this experience myself. It’s no fun,” said Romney, the GOP presidential candidate from 2012

Senator Josh Hawley, who intended to oppose voting for Mr. Biden, of Pennsylvania, did not indicate whether he would like to continue his challenge, but raised concerns about the state’s policies on the matter during the Arizona results debate on postal ballot

“I am telling my colleagues that what we are doing here tonight is indeed very important because for those who have concerns about the integrity of the elections, those who have concerns about the events of November, this is the appropriate means This is the lawful place where these objections and concerns should be heard. This is the forum that the law provides, “he said

Hawley urged the Senate to take “positive action” to address concerns about electoral irregularities and reform electoral security

“You can’t change anything with violence,” he said. “You can’t do anything better with violence

White House Assistant Secretary Sarah Matthew has resigned Sources familiar with her resignation confirm this to CBS News White House Social Secretary Rickie Niceta has also resigned, two sources said

The immediate departure comes hours after violent protesters stormed the Capitol and the president failed to condemn the riots. Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s chief of staff, also resigned on Wednesday

Republican Senator Kelly Loeffler of Georgia announced in the Senate that after initial planning she would not object to the vote count, citing the attack on the U.S. Capitol

“The events that happened today have forced me to reconsider it, and I cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these voters,” said Loeffler. “The violence, the lawlessness and the siege of the Congressional halls are abominable and represent a direct attack on the very institution my objection was supposed to protect – the sanctity of the American democratic process “

“There is no excuse for the events that took place in these chambers today and I pray America will never have such a dark day again,” she said, and received applause from fellow Republicans as she concluded / p>

CBS News predicted earlier Wednesday that Democrat Raphael Warnock had defeated Loeffler in the Georgia Senate runoff

Republican Senator James Lankford said an electoral exam sought by a group of 11 GOP Senators, including himself, is now off the table after rioters stormed the Capitol

“Obviously the commission we asked for is not going to happen at this point, and I get it, and we’re on our way to certifying Joe Biden as president tonight,” Lankford said in the Senate Wednesday night,

Lankford was part of a coalition of senators led by Senator Ted Cruz, who vowed to reject the electoral college numbers unless Congress set up a commission to immediately conduct an election results review

Earlier in the day, the Oklahoma Republican was speaking on the floor when an aide told him, “Protesters are in the building” More than six hours later, Lankford ended his interrupted time calling for peace

“We will work together in this body to be able to set a peaceful example for the days ahead,” he said

The Senate Chamber was full of conversation before Pence stepped in. Ted Cruz fluttered between the Senators, chatting first with Steve Daines, then with Ron Johnson Kelly Loeffler – who has just lost her race – had a brief discussion with McConnell The mood was almost noticeably relieved

But as soon as Pence hit the hammer, there was silence.The senators, even some of the clearly skeptical Democrats, didn’t fidget The atmosphere was gloomy and heavy, weighed down with the knowledge that today would not be soon forgotten in a rare one Show of non-partisanship gave both Democrats and Republicans pence a standing ovation, although Democrats stood perhaps a millisecond behind Republicans

That gloomy mood continued through speeches from McConnell and Schumer Interestingly, McConnell appeared to be addressing mostly Republicans, especially when talking about how thugs won’t prevent the Senate from doing its duty

Schumer appeared to be addressing Republicans in his speech as well. When condemning Mr Trump, John Cornyn glanced at Lindsey Graham who shook his head

By the time James Lankford stood up to resume his remarks, which were interrupted when the Senate abruptly withdrew that afternoon, the harsh atmosphere had largely lifted.The Senators on both sides of the aisle had become restless again and were looking more closely at their phones

Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, said the violent attack on the Capitol will “be a stain on our land””

Schumer mourned a woman who was killed in the violent protests and praised the police for their efforts

“These images were projected into the world,” said Schumer. “Foreign embassies wired their home capitals to report on the harrowing scenes in the heart of our democracy. This will be a stain on our land that will not be so easily washed away”

“You must and should be pursued to the fullest extent of the law, hopefully by this government. If not, surely until the next you should not be indulged,” said Schumer

“This president bears much of the blame. This mob was in large part President Trump’s actions, stimulated by his words, his lies,” said Schumer

“The 6 January will go down as one of the darkest days in recent American history, “said Schumer

When speaking in the Senate, McConnell described those who breached the Capitol as “thugs” and vowed that the Senate “will not be intimidated”

“The United States and the United States Congress are facing far greater threats than the people we saw today. We have never been deterred and we will not be deterred today. They tried to disrupt our democracy You have failed, “said McConnell.” This failed insurrection only underscores the importance of the task ahead for our republic “

The Vice President returned to preside over the Senate almost six hours after the Chamber’s sudden pause, saying it was a “dark day” “

“For those who wreaked havoc at our Capitol today, you did not win,” said Pence. “Violence never wins. Freedom wins and this is still the house of the people”

The Vice President, who remained in the Capitol complex during the attack, welcomed the legislature’s decision to reassemble after the notable events of the day, saying the building was safe again and the work of Congress would continue

“The elected representatives of the people of the United States gathered again on the same day to support and defend the United States Constitution,” he said, “May God bless the lost, wounded and heroes who are on that day were forged “

Former President Barack Obama condemned the violence on the US Capitol Wednesday said, “We’d be kidding ourselves if we took it as a total surprise,” the former president said Republican leaders now have a choice

“For the past two months, a political party and its associated media ecosystem has been too often unwilling to tell its supporters the truth – that this was not a particularly tight election and that President-elect Biden was elected on March 20 January is inaugurated Your fantasy tale has moved further and further away from reality and builds on years of resentment. Now we see the consequences that lead to a violent crescendo “Mr. Obama said

“For now, Republican leaders have a choice that has been made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy,” said Mr Obama went on, “You can go further down this path and keep the raging fires up, Or you can choose reality and take the first steps to put out the flames. You can choose America” ​​

“We need more leaders like these – right now and in the days, weeks and months to come as President-elect Biden works to restore a common purpose to our politics. It is up to all of us as Americans, regardless of party to support him in this goal, “said Mr. Obama said

Former Secretary of Defense Jim Mattis, the President’s first Secretary of Defense, said Mr. Trump is responsible for the attack on the U Capitol from a lot of his followers

“Today’s violent attack on our Capitol, an attempt to subdue American democracy through mob rule, was initiated by Mr. Trump, “said Mattis in a statement,” His use of the presidency to destroy confidence in our elections and poison our respect for fellow citizens was made possible by pseudo-political leaders whose names as profiles will live in cowardice in shame “

Mattis said while the Constitution and the nation will “overcome this stain” and the American people will unite, the president will “rightly leave a man without a land” “

New Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene, a staunch ally of President Trump who has advocated QAnon’s conspiracy theories, tweeted that she will continue to object to the electoral college count

“I will continue to protest against fraudulent votes. Contemptuous violence committed by marginal agitators will not silence my vote or disrupt the constitutional process that Congress must complete,” wrote Taylor Greene. “It is our duty as members of the People’s House to ensure the integrity of the elections “

Stephanie Grisham, a former White House communications director and press secretary, stepped down from her role as Chief of Staff to First Lady Melania Trump on Wednesday during the violent attack on the Capitol

“It has been an honor to serve the country in the White House I am very proud to have been a part of Ms. Trump’s mission to help children everywhere and proud of the many accomplishments of that administration,” Grisham said in one Statement to CBS News

CNN first reported on Grisham’s resignation. Grisham was a fierce Trump loyalist and one of the White House’s longest-serving aides

A senior White House official tells CBS News that Grisham’s resignation “was a long time coming,” but that the attack on the Capitol was “the turning point” that prompted their departure

The House and Senate have been given permission to return, and the tunnels connecting the Capitol complex reopened approximately five hours after the legislators evacuated their respective chambers

The vice president “never left the Capitol” and has now returned to the Senate to continue the process of counting the votes, his spokesman says:

Vice President @Mike_Pence has returned to the Senate He has never left the Capitol @ VP has been in regular contact with the Senate leadership of the House of &, the Cap Police, the DOJ and the & DoD about efforts to secure the Capitol & -Congress to facilitate

Twitter announced Mr. Trump’s account is suspended for 12 hours because of a trio of tweets he posted about the attack on the U. Capitol was committed by a violent mob of its supporters that the social media company said had violated its guidelines

“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, DC.We have called for the removal of three @ realDonaldTrump tweets posted today for repeated and serious violations of our Civic Integrity Policy, “Twitter said in a series of posts,” This means @realDonaldTrump’s account after the removal Tweets will be blocked for 12 hours “

The company said if Mr. Trump does not remove the Tweets, his account remains banned, and further violations of the Civic Integrity or Violent Threats guidelines will result in his account being permanently banned

Washington Congresswoman Cathy McMorris Rodgers made a statement on Wednesday evening saying she would no longer object to the results of the electoral college, becoming the first member of Congress to reverse course after saying , she would question the results

“The only reason I raised my objection was to express concern that governors and courts have unilaterally changed the electoral process, without the will of the people and outside the legislative process,” she said in a statement. “I firmly believed that Americans should use the constitutional tools and legal processes available to find answers to their 2020 election questions What we saw today is illegal and unacceptable I have decided to vote for the electoral college results and I encourage Donald Trump to condemn and end this madness “

On Tuesday, McMorris Rodgers issued a statement saying she would object to the results “in states where allegations of electoral fraud and questions about the legality of changes to state electoral law have been raised”

McMorris Rodgers’ statement Tuesday said she would “fight for answers for the people I represent and make sure their voices are heard”

Congressional officials in the safe area where the senators are said the Senate plans to return to the Capitol immediately and meet again at 8 p.m. to resume debate on objection to electoral college results

Senate minority chairman Chuck Schumer told reporters “8 am” when asked if there were any updates

The National Association of Manufacturers urges Pence to turn 25 Consider changing the Constitution that transfers power to the Vice-President in the event that the President is incapacitated or deemed unable to carry out the duties of the Presidency

“Vice President Pence, who has been evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to help bring the 25th Change to uphold democracy, “said the association’s president and CEO, Jay Timmons, in a statement on Wednesday

“The outgoing president incited violence to keep power, and any elected leader who defends him violates his constitutional oath and rejects democracy in favor of anarchy Anyone who indulges in conspiracy theories to raise campaign funds , is complicit, “says Timmons statement

Timmons said in his statement: “This is not the vision of America that manufacturers believe in and work so hard to defend”He added that while the President continues to contest the certified elections, millions of manufacturing workers are helping our nation fight the deadly pandemic that has already cost hundreds of thousands of lives”

“We’re trying to rebuild an economy and save and rebuild lives,” he wrote, “but none of this will matter if our leaders refuse to repel this attack on America and our democracy – because our system of government, that underpins our way of life will collapse “

In a letter to colleagues on Wednesday evening, Pelosi condemned the “shameful” riots in the Capitol and said she believed Congress should proceed with the electoral college vote once the Capitol is secured

“Today our democracy has been shamefully attacked, it has been anointed at the highest levels of government, but it cannot deter us from our responsibility to confirm the election of Joe Biden,” said Pelosi. “To this end, we have, in consultation with Leader Hoyer and Whip Clyburn and after calling the Pentagon, Justice Department and Vice President decided to continue at the Capitol tonight as soon as it is cleared for use, Leader Hoyer will send further notices later today “

Pelosi also expressed the hope that “this incitement to violence will be a revelation for our country to heal”

“We always knew that this responsibility would lead us into the night. The night may still be long, but we hope for a shorter agenda, but our goal will be achieved,” said Pelosi. “We also knew that today, despite Unfounded objections to voting in the electoral college would be a positive part of history. We shall now be part of history as such a shameful image of our country has been presented to the world, instigated at the highest level “

National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien tweeted that he recently spoke to Vice President Mike Pence but made no mention of President Trump

“I just spoke to Vice President Pence,” O’Brien tweeted. “He’s a really good and decent man September at the Capitol as a Congressman I am proud to serve with him “

Pence defied the president on Wednesday when he told lawmakers he did not have the power to reverse election results as the president insisted after the Capitol attack, Pence tweeted, “Violence and destruction in the US Capitol has to stop and it has to stop now””

Former President George W Bush, the only living former Republican president, issued a statement denouncing the attack on the U. S. Capitol Hill Mr Bush said he was “appalled at the reckless behavior of some political leaders since the elections” without calling anyone directly

“This is how election results are contested in a banana republic – not in our democratic republic,” said Mr Bush said, “The violent assault on the Capitol – and the interruption of a constitutionally mandated Congress – was undertaken by people whose passions were kindled by falsehoods and false hopes”

Mr Bush ended the statement with a note to those disappointed with the election results: “Our country is more important than the politics of the moment”

In a damning statement on Wednesday evening, GOP Senator Mitt Romney accused Mr. Trump of promoting the “insurrection” in the Capitol

“We are gathering today because of the wounded pride of a selfish man and the outrage of his followers who he has deliberately misinformed and encouraged action this morning over the past two months. What happened here today was a riot made by the President the United States was instigated, “said Romney

He also shot his Republican counterparts who supported objections to the electoral college results, saying they will “forever be viewed as accomplices in an unprecedented attack on our democracy.” “He derided the idea – that of Senator Ted Cruz and 10 other Republican Senators – that Congress should set up a commission to review the election results

“The objectors claimed to be doing this on behalf of the voters. Have an audit done to please the many people who believe the election was stolen Please! No Congressional-led audit will ever convince these voters , especially if the president continues to claim the election was stolen, “Romney said.” The best way to show respect to disgruntled voters is to tell them the truth that is the burden and duty of leadership. ” p>

“We must not be intimidated or prevented from fulfilling our constitutional duty. We must continue to count the votes of the electoral college,” Romney continued. “In today’s sad environment, I ask my colleagues: Let us weigh our own political fortunes heavier than the strength of our republic, the strength of our democracy and the cause of freedom? How great is the weight of personal recognition compared to the weight of conscience? “

According to Alaina Gertz, a spokeswoman for the Metropolitan Police Department, a woman who was shot dead in the Capitol on Wednesday has died of her injuries

The unidentified woman was a civilian and not a member of law enforcement, according to Gertz. Previously, police said the woman was among six people rushed to hospital after the break in the Capitol

A curfew imposed by the Mayor of Washington, D, was ordered C., went into effect at 6 a.m. and the Capitol police warned the protesters to disperse or to be arrested

A warning over the loudspeaker said that “everyone must leave the US Capitol grounds, or be arrested “

Jeffrey Rosen, acting attorney general, said the Capitol crisis was an “unacceptable situation” and the Justice Department “intends to enforce our country’s laws”

“The violence in our nation’s Capitol is an intolerable assault on a fundamental institution of our democracy,” said Rosen, the chief federal law enforcement officer, in a statement. “The Justice Department has worked closely with the Capitol Police and federal partners from the outset Interior Ministry, the Ministry of Homeland Security and the National Guard as well as the City Police and other local authorities worked together “

Rosen took over as head of the Justice Department shortly before Christmas after Attorney General William Barr resigned

Mr Trump’s video of the election was restricted by Twitter and cannot be retweeted, liked, or replied to. Twitter also pointed out that “this election fraud claim is controversial”

In a statement, Twitter said: “Regarding the current situation in Washington, DC.We are proactively working to protect the health of the public conversation on the service and will take action on content that violates Twitter rules “Any security threats violate Twitter rules,” said the social media giant / p>

“Additionally, we have severely limited exposure to tweets flagged as part of our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence, which means that flagged tweets cannot be replied to, retweeted, or liked,” Twitter continued. p>

Republican Senator Ben Sasse from Nebraska blamed the U for the violence Capitol committed by Mr Trump’s supporters on Mr Trump says: “Lies have consequences”

“This violence was the inevitable and ugly result of the president’s addiction to constant division of the split,” Sasse said in a statement

The senator condemned the president, saying while the Capitol was being “raided” by those attempting to thwart Congressional efforts to count the votes, Mr. Trump said “crouched behind his keyboard and tweeted against his vice president because he had fulfilled the obligations of his constitutional oath “

Police officers have begun using flash grenades and tear gas to evict the rioters from the steps at the west end of the Capitol. Clouds of smoke rose around the protesters as they retreated from a balcony where they had broken a window and entered an office

@jeffpeguescbs reports on the increased efforts of law enforcement agencies to rid pro-Trump protesters from the steps of the U.S. Capitol PictureTwittercom / sb183mEhwo

Hundreds of law enforcement officers from federal, state and local jurisdictions in and around Washington are responding to the crisis as officials struggle to get the situation under control

Senator Tammy Duckworth, an Illinois Democrat, told CBS News that a Senate employee managed to secure the wooden boxes containing the electoral college certificates before the Senators were evacuated from the Senate Chamber

“The good news is that one of the staff was thinking very, very quickly and was able to grab and secure the electoral college ballots and bring them to this place,” Duckworth said in a telephone interview. ” So we have her with us and we can go on as long as Mitch McConnell calls us back to the session, “

Sen Tammy Duckworth says a staff member secured and brought the electoral college ballots when lawmakers and staff were moved to a safe location in the U.S Capitol PictureTwittercom / b4W4UFINjM

Oregon Democratic Senator Jeff Merkley tweeted a photo of the chests from the safe place where the Senators are being held:

College Votes Saved from the Senate If our able ground staff hadn’t grabbed them, they would have been burned by the crowd picTwittercom / 2JCauUIlvg

Senator Josh Hawley, the first Senator to announce his intention to challenge the electoral college vote, called for an end to the violence perpetrated by a crowd of presidential supporters protesting the count

“Thank you to the brave police officers who risked their lives,” Hawley said in a statement posted on Twitter after rioters violated the Capitol. “The violence must end, those who attacked the police and Those who have broken the law must be prosecuted and Congress must get back to work and quit””

The Missouri Senator’s proposed objection included allegations of widespread electoral fraud and electoral disruption that have been proven false

Democratic Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said Wednesday she would be drafting impeachment proceedings against the president.It has been almost exactly a year since Mr. Trump was cleared of all charges in his impeachment process

“I’m creating impeachment proceedings Donald J Trump should be tried by the House of Representatives &, which has been removed from office by the United States Senate. We cannot allow him to stay in office, it is about preserving our republic and we have to keep our oath, “Omar said in a tweet

Omar’s tweet comes moments after the president posted a video urging the rioters to go home but also saying he “loved” them

I was sitting in the Senate press gallery Wednesday afternoon writing an email to the CBS news office detailing what had happened over the last half hour of the debate over objections to Arizona’s electoral roll when Vice President Mike Pence was quickly evacuated The Senate Chamber I assumed this was for security reasons, given the crowd of noisy protesters that had gathered outside the building

I quickly emailed my editors to let them know Pence was gone, thinking it was a false positive. But soon the Senate Gallery staff were shouting “lock the doors” and it was clear that the situation was serious Reporters were shown into the press gallery above the Senate Chamber and the doors locked. We could hear the muffled sound of the rioters outside

Electronics are not allowed in the chamber, but I brought my laptop and cell phone to let my editors know I was safe Senators were on their phones, presumably calling family members as cops looked at the locked doors At one point, Senator Amy Klobuchar shouted that shots had been fired and told her colleagues to stay away from the doors and take the situation seriously

Suddenly the senators called for the evacuation Reporters were initially stuck in the gallery on the third floor overlooking the chamber Senator Cory Booker called the reporters on the balcony and asked how we were. I laughed, probably with a hint of hysteria “We’re doing great,” I called back

Reporters were shuffled out of the Chamber and taken to a safe place by Capitol Police officers along with the Senators. The Senate was on hiatus, and the rioters soon got access to the Chamber

Mr Trump told the rioters in a one-minute video posted on Twitter that they were “special” but “have to go home now.” “The president spent about as much time calling the stolen elections as he did to say the situation should come to an end

Not once in the video did Mr. Trump condemns the violence caused by his supporters, but instead sympathizes with their anger

“I know your pain, I know your pain”, Mr Said Trump, “We had a choice that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election and everyone knows it, especially the other side. But you have to go home now, we have to have peace, we have to have law and order, we have to have our great people right.” and respect order. We don’t want anyone to be hurt. It’s a very difficult time “

“There has never been a time like this when something like this has happened where they could take it away from all of us. From me, from you, from our country. This was a fraudulent choice. But we can’t get into these people Playing hands we have peace So go home, we love you, you’re very special You saw what happened And you see how others are treated who are so bad and so angry I know how you feel But go after Home and go home in peace, “said the President

Just before Mr Trump posted a video urging protesters to go home Biden urged the president to speak on national television against the mob who violated the US Capitol Wednesday

“I urge President Trump to go on national television now to keep his oath and defend the Constitution, and to call for an end to this siege,” Biden said during a televised address from Delaware The President encouraged supporters while a rally earlier in the day but later wrote on Twitter that those in the Capitol should stay peaceful “No violence! Remember WE are the party of the & Order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue Thank you.” ! “

A suspicious device found at the headquarters of the Republican National Committee was safely detonated by a bomb squad, RNC communications director Michael Ahrens tweeted

“A suspicious device was found in the RNC headquarters today. RNC employees were safely evacuated from the building and the device was successfully detonated by a bomb squad,” wrote Ahrens

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of the first leaders in the world to condemn what went on at the US Capitol calls the scenes “shameful” “

“Shameful scenes in the US. Congress, “Johnson tweeted,” The United States is a world champion for democracy and it is now crucial that there be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power “

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson was one of the first leaders in the world to condemn what went on at the US Capitol calls the scenes “shameful” “

“Shameful scenes in the US. Congress, “Johnson tweeted,” The United States is a world champion for democracy and it is now crucial that there be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power “

DC. According to Fire and EMS, a woman was shot dead in a nearby hospital and was in critical condition At least five people were rushed to hospital when pro-Trump protesters flooded the U Capitol Building, resulting in a lockdown and evacuation of lawmakers, staff, and journalists

Vice President Mike Pence went further than the President on Wednesday afternoon, saying the violence must stop and the “attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated.”””

“The violence and destruction in the US Capitol must stop and it must stop now. Everyone involved must respect the law enforcement officers and leave the building immediately,” tweeted Pence. “Peaceful protest is every American’s right, but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law “

Mr Trump was frustrated with Pence saying he did not have the power to overthrow the election

So far, Mr. Trump has neither asked the protesters to leave nor condemned the violence in the Capitol

In a brief one-line statement, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Chairman Chuck Schumer urged the President to urge his supporters to vacate the Capitol and end the crisis

“We call on President Trump to demand that all demonstrators leave the US Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately, “said the Democratic leaders

Kevin McCarthy, minority chairman of the House of Representatives, told CBS News that he condemned the violence in the Capitol and spoke with Mr. Trump

“I spoke to the President,” McCarthy said. “I asked him to speak to the nation and tell them to stop”

Mr Trump has not yet explicitly condemned the protesters, but has asked them to “stay peaceful” “The protesters forcibly entered the Capitol and threatened the safety of lawmakers and staff

The National Guard is on its way to the US. Capitol, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany, said in a tweet Mr Trump did not make the announcement himself

“On the instructions of President @ realDonaldTrump, the National Guard is on the move with other federal security services,” tweeted McEnany. “We are reiterating President Trump’s call against violence and about staying peaceful”

Members of the Virginia National Guard and 200 Virginia State Troopers will be dispatched to Washington, Dto help respond to pro-Trump protesters who have violated the US Capitol, said Governor Ralph Northam

“My team and I are working closely with @MayorBowser, @SpeakerPelosi and @SenSchumer to respond to the situation in Washington, D.C.At the mayor’s request, I’m sending members of the Virginia National Guard along with 200 Virginia State Troopers, “he tweeted

My team and I are working closely with @MayorBowser, @SpeakerPelosi and @SenSchumer to respond to the situation in Washington, D.C.

At the Mayor’s request, I’m sending members of the Virginia National Guard along with 200 Virginia State Troopers

Agents of the Federal Protection Agency and the Secret Service are dispatched to the USA Capitol, Deputy Assistant Secretary of Homeland Security Ken Cuccinelli confirmed

The presence of the US. The Capitol Police were clearly insufficient to stop the storm of demonstrators

DC. Mayor Muriel Bowser’s request for DC. The National Guard forces were approved earlier this week and mobilized on Wednesday afternoon

DC. Attorney General Karl Racine issued a statement calling on the President to call on his supporters to step back and leave the Capitol. Mr Trump has not yet condemned the violence or called on his supporters to disband, only tweeting that protesters are “peaceful should stay “”

“We urge President Trump to immediately notify his supporters who trampled the District of Columbia and violated the U. S. Capitol to stop and stop and come back from where they came from in a peaceful way, “Racine said in a statement.” The United States of America is the largest democracy in the world and that is based on a peaceful change of power “

“We urge President Trump to do what he has not yet done but what he must do: order his supporters to leave the District of Columbia and transfer power to President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect fully accept Kamala Harris, “Racine continued

Racine said it all DC. Residents “must stay at home” and “under no circumstances may anyone travel downtown or be near federal buildings””

Mr Trump took to Twitter calling for peace when swarms of his supporters stormed the U.S Capitol and went in and arranged to evacuate law enforcement, lawmakers, staff and journalists from the Houses of Representatives and Senate Houses

“I ask for everyone at the US. Capitol to stay peaceful No violence! Remember WE are the party of the law & Order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue Thank you! “He tweeted

I ask for everyone at the US. Capitol to stay peaceful No violence! Remember WE are the party of the law & Order – respect the law and our great men and women in blue Thank you!

Mr Trump’s tweet comes after his followers broke several layers of security barriers, stormed the steps of the Capitol, and pushed themselves in. Protesters made their way to the Senate floor, and pictures showed Capitol police in the chamber of the house with guns drawn and barricaded Doors to the floor

The protesters reached the interior of the Capitol building, initiated the evacuation of the senators and caused the members of the house to hide under their seats in the chamber of the house. Legislators were instructed to use gas masks to protect themselves from tear gas, before he is escorted

Virginia Congressman Gerry Connolly tweeted that tear gas had been used in the Capitol rotunda

As pro-Trump protesters, they stormed the steps of the US. Capitol and making his way into the house, the President broke his silence over the violent protests and called for the assistance of law enforcement

“Please support our police and law enforcement in the Capitol you are really on our country’s side. Stay Peaceful!” Trump tweeted

Please support our police and law enforcement in the Capitol. They really are on our country’s side. Stay Peaceful!

DC. Mayor Muriel Bowser has ordered a 6 pm curfew as the crisis in the Capitol deepens

“Today I will order a curfew for the District of Columbiam on Wednesday, 6th from 6:00 pm January, until 6:00 a.m. on Thursday, 7 January, “tweeted Bowser

The sun goes up at approx At 5 a.m. below in Washington, the curfew comes after dark

When Oklahoma Senator James Lankford commented, the Senate abruptly withdrew and the legislature walked out of the Chamber An aide was heard telling the Senator, “Protesters are in the building”

During the debate over the objection to the Arizona results, Senator Ted Cruz stepped forward to rationalize his opposition to the electoral college settlement not on the basis of specific facts, but by stating that much of the country believed in it that the elections have been rigged

Both sides of the aisle “moralize” a lot, Cruz said, “but I would like to challenge both sides, perhaps a little less certainty and a little more recognition, for us to gather at a time when democracy is one Crisis””

“Recent polls show that 39% of Americans believe that the election that has just taken place has been rigged,” said Cruz

Even so, Cruz said he was not trying to put the results of an election aside, but instead said there should be a commission to investigate the integrity of the election. There should be a 10-day emergency audit, the Senator argued,

Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, expressed efforts by Republican lawmakers to object to the votes cast in Arizona, saying it would be an embarrassment and a risk to the view of American democracy

“In doing so, you will embarrass yourself, you will embarrass your party, and worst of all, you will embarrass your country,” said Schumer, a Democrat from New York, during a comment in response to the objection by Gosar and Cruz

The top Senate Democrat called the effort an “insurrection” and a “coup” and questioned the message their actions will send to the rest of the world, who see the United States as a beacon of democracy

“What are we going to show these people? Are we going to show these people that there is a better way to ensure the freedom and possibilities of humanity?” Schumer said, “Unfortunately, a small group of Republican objectors can obscure our view of our democracy today, but a larger group of Senators and House Members from both sides of the aisle can also send the message that democracy is deep in the hearts of our citizens and elected representatives that we are a land of law and not men “

Schumer noted the numerous casualties the Trump campaign suffered in court and many of its legal challenges were dismissed for failing to provide evidence of fraud allegations

In a notable Senate speech, Senate Majority Leader Mitch castigated his Republicans who questioned Arizona’s election results, arguing they were undermining the Constitution by trying to reverse the election results

“I’ve served in the Senate for 36 years This will be the most important vote I’ve ever cast,” McConnell said. “The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken. They have all spoken. If we override them, will this damage our republic forever “

McConnell reached out to senators as they discussed the objection to Arizona’s electoral roll at a meeting chaired by Pence.

He also noted that the choices were “not unusually tight” as Mr Biden defeated Mr Trump with 306 votes

“If this election were overturned by allegations from the losing side, our democracy would be caught in a death spiral,” McConnell said, predicting that any election would become a jack-of-all-trades, with the loser trying to undo the will of the voters

“Self-government, my colleagues, requires a shared commitment to the truth and a shared respect for the basic rules of our system. We cannot keep drifting apart into two separate tribes with separate facts and separate realities,” he continued

The Senate Majority Leader was passionate and his voice trembled at certain moments. Meanwhile, in front of the Capitol, crowds of angry pro-Trump protesters pressed against barricades erected by Capitol police officers during their demonstration against the Count.

“It would be unfair and wrong to disenfranchise American voters and override the court and states,” said McConnell. “I’m not going to pretend such a vote is a harmless gesture of protest while relying on that others do the right thing I will vote to respect the people’s choice and to defend our system of government as we know it “

Capitol Police ordered the evacuation of the Cannon House office building, which is part of the Capitol complex, as supporters of the President confronted police outside the Capitol building. A Library of Congress building next to Cannon was also evacuated

Employees received an alert instructing them to “stay calm and get to the exits safely””

Protesters have gathered in the Capitol grounds, waving flags and cheering lawmakers “to stop the theft” “Mr. Trump said he would walk two miles down Pennsylvania Avenue to join the protests there.” / p>

Footage from the Capitol showed protesters attempting to storm the Capitol steps and being hit by the police

Arizona Republican Congressman Paul Gosar declined to count votes from his home state, and his appeal was supported by Texas Republican Senator Ted Cruz. Sixty members of the GOP House and seven Republican Senators joined the appeal: Mike Braun from Indiana, John Kennedy from Louisiana, Ron Johnson from Wisconsin, Steve Daines from Montana, James Lankford from Oklahoma, Bill Hagerty from Tennessee and Marsha Blackburn from Tennessee

Both the House and Senate will now separate the appeal and discuss it for up to two hours. The appeal is not expected to be sustained after each vote

“We, a member of the House of Representatives and a United States Senator, decline to count the Arizona state vote because we do not”Given regularly under all known circumstances,” was the objection

The votes from Alabama and Alaska were read out and counted first without objection

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Shortly before the joint session was called, Pence sent a letter to Congress confirming that he did not have the power to reject states’ votes as Mr Trump put pressure on him

“As a history student who loves the Constitution and venerates its drafters, I do not believe that the founders of our country intended to give the Vice President unilateral authority to decide which votes should be counted during the joint session of The Congress and no vice president in American history has asserted such authority, “Pence wrote in a letter published by the White House

“It is my deliberate judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution prevents me from using unilateral authority to determine which votes should and should not be counted,” Pence continued. p>

Pence’s letter of 6 January was released when the President made remarks to supporters outside the White House in which he continued to urge the Vice President to vote against electoral college votes from states he had lost

However, Pence wrote that he wanted to reassure the American people that while chairing the joint session, he would uphold the oath he had taken them and God

“When the joint session of Congress convenes today, I will do my duty to see that we open the records of the electorate of the various states, hear objections from senators and representatives, and count the votes of the electoral college for president and Vice President in a way that is consistent with our Constitution, our laws, and our history. So help me God, “said the Vice President

House and Senate Legislators assembled in the Chamber of the House to begin counting the votes of the electoral college Vice President Mike Pence is chairing the session in his capacity as Senate President

The vice president hands each state’s voting certificate to a “cashier” who reads it out. At this point, members can object to the results.The objection is only valid if signed in writing by at least one house member and senator when Pence determines that the objection is valid, the two houses will separate to debate and vote on whether the results of the state should be accepted

The states are presented alphabetically, meaning Arizona will likely be the first state whose results are contested.If the objection is upheld, it may take more than three hours to resolve the objection based on the two hours allotted for debate and the time it takes members to vote A majority in each chamber must vote to reject the results for the expulsion of voters, which is next to impossible given the Democrats’ control of the House / p>

Check out CBS News coverage of the joint session on CBSN in the player above and find the live feed from the lower floor of the house:

Senators Thom Tillis from North Carolina and Todd Young from Indiana are the youngest Republicans to oppose efforts by their GOP colleagues to object to votes from multiple battlefield states

Tillis warned in a statement that this would set a precedent that would allow Democrats to oppose presidential elections after the 2024 presidential election

“The drafters of our constitution have made it clear that the power to confirm elections is reserved for states, not Congress. Refusing to confirm the results of state elections has no viable path to success, and above all it confers that declared political goals of the left to fully federalize elections and remove the electoral college, legitimacy, “he said,” Congress should not transgress its constitutional authority by turning the results of states and the will of American voters upside down, especially when there are no legitimate requests from states for Congress to intervene””

Tillis said that Congress cannot change the results of the presidential election “without causing irreparable damage to our constitutional republic”

“I will not speak out against certification of the electoral college vote, and I will not encourage politicians in the future to appoint our presidents instead of having them duly elected by the American people,” he continued

Meanwhile, Young said in a separate statement that he “will uphold my constitutional duty and confirm the will of states as outlined””

“The people voted and the electoral college voted,” he said, “Congress must again fulfill its role”

Young said that the role of Congress in the electoral process is “narrow” because states are responsible for their elections and for determining the presidential election

“Congress has no power to do anything other than confirm the votes of the states electoral college as reported,” he added, “It would be unconstitutional and dangerous precedent for Congress to have the will of a state’s certified voters would replace for yourself “

The President sparked a number of falsehoods about Vice President Mike Pence’s role in the vote count, pledging to “never admit” before the joint session of Congress while addressing supporters near the White House / p>

“Because if Mike Pence does the right thing, we will win the election,” said Mr Said Trump wrongly as Pence has no power to overthrow the election

The President claimed he had just spoken to Pence and told his Vice President he was not brave to do what he wanted

“I said, ‘Mike, it doesn’t take courage. What takes courage is to do nothing,” the president told his supporters

Florida Republican Senator Rick Scott joins the group of 13 GOP senators who intend to challenge the battlefield states’ electoral votes in a statement saying he will “likely” vote to oppose the Sustaining Voices of Pennsylvania

“The actions of the governor’s government and courts in Pennsylvania pose a serious threat to the integrity of future elections,” said Scott. “The Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, along with state courts, has decided to allow the counting of votes received after election day even if they didn’t have a postmark, which is against state law. That is absurd and cannot be tolerated “

Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri plans to challenge the Pennsylvania electoral college votes, while Senator Ted Cruz is expected to object to Arizona. The Texas Senator led a coalition of ten other Republican senators who pledged to challenge the electoral vote / p>

Oklahoma Republican Senator James Lankford, who signed a letter with 10 other Republican senators on Saturday with 10 other Republican senators saying they would object to some results if an electoral commission were not formed, confirmed on Wednesday that he was against the Results in Arizona would object

“We’re starting with Arizona so we’ll let this go from there,” Lankford told reporters on Capitol Hill. He didn’t say whether he would contradict other states’ results. He also said the results of the two Senate runoffs could change the current approach of the legislature to the census in Georgia

“I was also thinking about how people are going to see that this morning I don’t know if I can answer that,” Lankford said

When the Vice President of the United States heads the electoral college vote count and announces the final balance sheet and election winner, it is usually just a formality.But this year, Mr Trump’s refusal to share his loss to Mr Biden – and the willingness of many Republican lawmakers to indulge in him – had a tense day at the Capitol

It is Vice President Mike Pence who was tasked with this task for the joint pro forma session of Congress on Wednesday. The cashiers read each state’s balance sheet, and members can object to that state’s votes at any time Requires a Senator and a House Member to Trigger Consideration of an Appeal The Senate and House then debate the appeal separately and vote on whether to accept the state’s ballots

Here are some of the claims viewers may anticipate – and whether they will stand the test

Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah hailed Mr. Trump for continuing attempts to pressure Pence to reject the electoral votes of states he lost and for supporting Republican plans to object to the votes of the To raise electoral college of battlefield states

“The game we are seeing today is very disappointing,” Romney told reporters on Capitol Hill. “President Trump has disregarded American voters, dishonored the electoral system and shamed the office of President”

“I am confident that we will proceed as required by the Constitution and tell our supporters the truth, whether they want to hear it or not,” he continued

Romney has rebuked plans by his Republican colleagues to challenge the electoral votes of some states, declaring in a statement on Sunday that “the monstrous ploy of rejecting voters can increase the political ambition of some but dangerously threaten our Democratic Republic”

37 House Republicans on Wednesday announced plans to object to election results in four states: Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin

“Our support for objections will not diminish the value of an individual citizen’s vote, but rather protect that value,” argued members of the House in a statement, responding to criticism that Congress is trying to unilaterally reverse the will of the citizens People by protesting against certified results of the electoral college

However, it is unclear whether these Republicans along with senators would question the results in all four states.At least one member of the House and Senate must object to a state’s results for that objection to be considered and voted on by each chamber can be

Mr Trump continued his crusade to pressure Pence to invalidate the votes cast against him and to dismiss the result of the presidential election, but the Vice President has no power to do what the President tells him to do

“If Vice President @Mike_Pence gets through for us, we’ll win the presidency. Many states want the mistake they made in certifying fake &, even with fraudulent numbers in a process NOT approved by their state lawmakers (which it has to be), decertify Mike can send it back! “Mr. Trump tweeted

All 50 states and the District of Columbia confirmed their election results, and none went out of their way to decertify their results as the president claims when the electoral college passed on Jan. December met the presidential elections, Mr Biden’s victory was formalized when he received 306 votes, exceeding the 270 required to win the White House

Still, Mr. Trump was relentless in his efforts to get Pence to reject the election

“States want to correct their votes that they now know are based on irregularities and fraud, and corrupt lawsuits have never received legislative approval, all Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the states, and we win. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage! “said the President in a second tweet

A senior administration official told CBS News that the vice president does not believe he has authority to decertify the election results

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On the way to the joint session, it is unclear how many states’ results will be questioned, although at least 100 Republicans and a dozen GOP Senators are expected to object to the electoral count for a debate and vote on To force an objection against the electoral votes of a state, this must be supported in writing by at least one member of the House and one member of the Senate

Missouri Senator Josh Hawley has specifically raised issues with the Pennsylvania election results, although it is unclear whether he will object to any other state’s electoral vote in the coalition of 11 GOP Senators, led by Texas Senator Ted Cruz , meanwhile, has not indicated how many states’ votes will contest it, although Cruz is expected to object to Arizona’s electoral votes

Since the debate on the objections can last up to two hours, the legislature is facing a long day

Efforts by Republicans to challenge the electoral vote will not change the election result.To maintain an objection and cast a state’s vote, a simple majority of the House and Senate is required. Since the Democrats control the house, it is far from safe that the lower house will refuse any attempt to invalidate the votes cast for Mr Biden

Regardless, the president has shed hopes for a second term in Congress, and the White House has blessed the Republicans’ plan to question the results

A number of Senators announced Tuesday that they will not join the opposition expected by their Republican counterparts to the votes cast for Mr. Biden in multiple battlefield states and increase the number of Republicans expected to be They support the counting of those votes, to at least 20. Among those who announced their decision not to bless their Republicans’ efforts are Senators Tim Scott of South Carolina, Jerry Moran of Kansas, and Jim Inhofe of Oklahoma

“As I read the Constitution, there is no constitutionally viable means for Congress to overthrow an election in which states have confirmed and sent their voters,” Scott said in a statement. “Some of my colleagues believe one Having found a way, and although our opinions differ, I do not doubt your good intentions to take steps to combat electoral fraud. The important thing is that I disagree with your method, both in principle and in practice “

The Republican from South Carolina noted that Republicans would have to climb a high hurdle to uphold their objections and invalidate a state’s electoral votes: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and House Democrats, those in the bottom House with a narrow majority would have to join the challenge of voting for Mr. Bid and re-elect President Trump

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