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Congress to resume Biden vote count after Trump supporters riot

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The ceremonial proceedings to affirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory had been interrupted when a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol.

WASHINGTON — The Senate has resoundingly struck down the primary in what is anticipated to be a handful of objections to President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral Faculty victory. Congress reconvened its joint session hours after a violent mob of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the capitol constructing. The riot left one girl useless and compelled members of the Home and Senate to evacuate.

Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi stated she made the choice Wednesday in session with the Pentagon, the Justice Division and Vice President Mike Pence, who serves as President of the Senate but in addition because the presiding officer over the joint proceedings.

She famous the day would all the time be “a part of historical past,” however now it will be “as such a shameful image of our nation was put out into the world.”

Each chambers continued debate on an objection to the leads to Arizona, one of many swing states that flipped from Trump to Biden within the 2020 election. The Senate voted down the objection 93-6. However after that, senators needed to wait on the Home to finish its debate, anticipated to occur shortly earlier than midnight ET.

Then, the 2 chambers presumably will reconvene, however should return to debate if one other objection is lobbied, which is anticipated. Debate could be as much as two hours per objection, so the entire course of might final effectively into Thursday.

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Trump had inspired his supporters to return to Washington to battle Congress’ formal approval of President-elect Joe Biden’s win. He held a rally earlier Wednesday and urged his supporters to march to the Capitol, telling them to “eliminate the weak Congress individuals” and saying, “get the weak ones get out; that is the time for energy.”

A mob of Trump supporters breached the Capitol constructing and clashed with legislation enforcement earlier than disrupting Congress’ tallying of the Electoral Faculty votes. One girl who was shot contained in the Capitol in the course of the riot has died, sources confirmed to the Related Press.  

Trump has repeatedly informed his supporters that the November election was stolen from him, despite the fact that that’s not true.

Vice President Mike Pence remained on the Capitol all through the riot and returned to the Senate Wednesday night time, his press secretary introduced. 

As supporters of President Donald Trump violently clashed with legislation enforcement and stormed the U.S. Capitol, Senate staffers acted rapidly to seize the Electoral Faculty vote certificates. 

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“Electoral faculty ballots rescued from the Senate ground,” Sen. Jeff Merkley, D-Ore tweeted together with a photograph. “If our succesful ground employees hadn’t grabbed them, they’d have been burned by the mob.”

Home minority whip Steve Scalise stated he nonetheless plans to object to the congressional rely of electoral faculty votes.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., introduced on the Senate ground she would rescind her objection, citing the riot. Loeffler spoke hours after dropping her re-election bid to Democrat Raphael Warnock, in keeping with the Related Press.

Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers, R-Wash., was one of many first to announce she would reverse course on her plan to object following the riots Wednesday.

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