4 months ago

National Guard soldiers from several states will arrive in D.C. today

The NewsHour’s Nick Schifrin reports that incoming National Guard soldiers will not be conducting law enforcement, but instead protecting property, including the U.S. Capitol, to allow D.C. police to do their jobs.

Senior Army and Department of Defense officials say there was no refusal to deploy the National Guard, but admit there was a “clarification” requested after D.C.’s initial request in the afternoon, which caused some delay.

An early look at the numbers states are sending:

DC: 1,100

MD: 500

VA: 650

NY: 1,000

DE, PA: Unknown

NJ: 50 state troopers

4 months ago

Mulvaney resigns: ‘I can’t do it. I can’t stay.’

Mulvaney joined a growing list of Trump administration officials who are leaving following the violent riot at the Capitol on Wednesday.

Mulvaney said he called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday night to tell him that he was resigning. He served as acting White House chief of staff from January 2019 until March 2020. Before that, he was director of the Office of Management and Budget.

“I can’t do it. I can’t stay,” Mick Mulvaney told CNBC, which was first to report the resignation. “Those who choose to stay, and I have talked with some of them, are choosing to stay because they’re worried the president might put someone worse in.”

-The Associated Press

4 months ago

Trump says there will be an ‘orderly transition’ of power, acknowledges defeat

President Donald Trump for the first time acknowledged his defeat in the Nov. 3 election and announced there would be an “orderly transition on January 20th” after Congress concluded the electoral vote count early Thursday certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

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“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 posted to Twitter by his social media director. His own account had been locked by the company for posting messages that appeared to justify the assault on the seat of the nation’s democracy.

— Associated Press

4 months ago

Pence affirms Joe Biden’s victory

Vice President Mike Pence defied President Donald Trump early Thursday morning as he affirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s November victory, putting an end to Trump’s futile efforts to subvert American democracy and overturn the results of the election.

In a move that infuriated Trump and left his own political future far less certain, Pence on Wednesday acknowledged that he did not have the power to unilaterally throw out electoral college votes as Trump and some of his attorneys had wrongly insisted.

Pence, as the session came to an end, said the count “shall be deemed a sufficient declaration” of Biden’s victory, but offered no words of congratulations to the incoming administration.

— Associated Press

4 months ago

Live updates are taking a break

Congress continues counting, but we at the NewsHour are calling it a night. We’ll be back in the morning with more coverage out of the Capitol.

4 months ago

1 senator and 80 House members object to Pennsylvania results, triggering further debate

Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., joined members of the House in objecting to President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory in Pennsylvania. The joint session of Congress will now pause as lawmakers go to their separate chambers for another round of debate, after which they will have a final vote on their objections.

An earlier objection to Arizona lost in House and Senate votes, as a bipartisan majority in both chambers have signaled their desire to certify Biden as the winner of the election. Objections to state results in Georgia and Michigan made by House members failed to secure the requisite support of a single senator, and so the vote counting continued.

After Pennsylvania, the only state expected to face objections is Wisconsin, which Biden won in 2020 but Trump won in 2016.

4 months ago

Objections to Georgia results fail without senators’ support

While a number of Republican members of the House of Representatives objected to the results of the presidential election in Georgia, a state Joe Biden narrowly won, senators did not join their objection, causing the objection to fail.

The joint session will continue counting the votes of each state, alphabetically, until it has concluded or there is a successful objection, which would prompt senators and members of Congress to go to their separate chambers and proceed with hours of debate and a vote.

4 months ago

House rejects challenge to Biden’s electoral votes in Arizona

The House voted 303-121 to reject the objection to Arizona’s election results. The House will send a message to the Senate sharing their decision and the two groups will reconvene in the joint session.

Earlier, the Senate also rejected the objection to Arizona’s election results, 93-6.

4 months ago

4 died as Trump supporters stormed Capitol

Four people died as supporters of President Donald Trump violently occupied the U.S. Capitol.

Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said the dead on Wednesday included a woman who was shot by the U.S. Capitol Police, as well as three others who died in “medical emergencies.”

Police said both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hourslong occupation of the Capitol building before it was cleared Wednesday evening by law enforcement.

The woman was shot earlier Wednesday as the mob tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side. She was hospitalized with a gunshot wound and later died.

D.C. police officials also say two pipe bombs were recovered, one outside the Democratic National Committee and one outside the Republican National Committee. Police found a cooler from a vehicle that had a long gun and Molotov cocktail on Capitol grounds.

-The Associated Press

4 months ago

Mob storming U.S. Capitol should not have been a surprise, officials say

The NewsHour’s Amna Nawaz tells Judy Woodruff that “several steps should have been taken, I’m told by law enforcement officials, to prevent” the violent storming of the U.S. Capitol.

“It’s very alarming to a lot of people that today’s events unfolded the way that they did,” she said.

Nawaz, who covered the mob that gathered outside where Congress was counting electoral votes, said law enforcement officials believed what unfolded shouldn’t have been a surprise. “We knew this day was coming,” officials said, and outlined a number of things that did not happen to stop the breach in security.