Police stand guard at the U.S. Capitol during a protest against the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, in Washington, January 6, 2021.
Jim Bourg | Reuters
Congress on Wednesday night resumed the process of counting electoral votes and confirming President-elect Joe Biden‘s victory, hours after swarms of President Donald Trump‘s supporters broke into the U.S. Capitol and derailed the proceedings.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., said in a letter to colleagues that the decision to quickly continue tallying votes was made in consultation with political leaders including Vice President Mike Pence, who is presiding over the joint session of Congress.
“The violence was quelled, the Capitol is secured, and the people’s work continues,” Pence said when Congress reconvened.
“To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins,” he said.
The pro-Trump mob triggered lockdowns and evacuations at the Capitol, forcing lawmakers out of the House and Senate chambers shortly after the proceedings began at 1 p.m.
Rioters were recorded walking the halls of the government building, entering politicians’ offices and occupying the Senate chamber. At least one person involved in the riots had died, and multiple other injuries were reported, NBC News reported, citing law enforcement officials.
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