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Senate & House Vote in Favor of Biden’s AZ Electors; Hawley to Object to Pennsylvania’s Votes

'It's no exaggeration that the Capitol is under siege...'

11:50 P.M.

11:34 P.M.

Despite the change in attitude among Senators following the disruption at the Capitol building, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., said he still plans to object to Pennsylvania’s electors.

The Supreme Court plans to hear a Pennsylvania election challenge two days after the inauguration that could change the state’s results.

11:13 P.M.

The House of Representatives voted 303-121 to accept Joe Biden’s Electoral College delegates from Arizona, FiveThirtyEight reported.

10:57 P.M.

Sen. Ron Johnson, R-Wisc., released the speech that he had planned to give before “lawless protesters entered the Capitol and by consensus we decided to expedite the proceedings.”

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“Those who have lost confidence are not crazy,” he said in a statement.

“They are patriots who dearly love America and are alarmed by what they have witnessed over the last four years: a thoroughly corrupt FBI investigation of a duly elected president; a grossly biased media that has chosen sides and uses its power to interfere in our politics to a far greater extent than any foreign entity could ever hope to achieve; an increasingly powerful social media that censors news and conservative voices; and courts and election officials that usurp the constitutional authority of state legislatures in setting the times, places, and manner of holding elections.”

10:43 P.M.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a state of emergency order that will extend for 15 days, through the end of President Donald Trump’s term, because “some persons can be expected to continue their violent protests through the inauguration.

10:33 P.M.

Tucker Carlson delivered a monologue tonight blaming the nation’s leaders for today’s events.

10:07 P.M.

Six Republicans Senators voted to reject Arizona’s illegally certified votes for Democrat Joe Biden including, Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith, John Kennedy, Roger Marshall, and Tommy Tuberville, FiveThirtyEight reported.

Republican Senators who had planned to object ostensibly changed their minds because of the chaos at the Capitol.

Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., who lost her election yesterday, reneged on her commitment to vote against Biden’s electors.

Sens. Steve Daines, R-Mont., and James Lankford, R-Okla., also revoked their earlier commitments, arguing that the Senate would not agree to the election integrity commission that they had proposed.

“Obviously the commission that we have asked for is not going to happen at this point, and I understand that, and we’re headed towards tonight, towards the certification of Joe Biden to be the President of the United States,” Lankford said in a speech. “And we will work together in this body to be able to set a peaceful example in the days ahead.”

10:03 P.M.

Vice President Mike Pence gave a short speech as the House and Senate returned to count Electoral College delegates, The Epoch Times reported.

“We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms. We grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls to those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today: you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins. And this is still the people’s house,”

8:18 P.M.

The unarmed woman who Capitol Hill police shot and killed has been identified as Ashli Babbit, a 14-year veteran of the Air Force, KUSI reported.

707: P.M.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., said he believes Representatives and Senators who pledged to object to Electoral College vote certifications will not proceed.

5:46 P.M.

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New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Democrat, released a statement condemning the “failed attempt at a coup.”

“The cornerstone of our democracy is the peaceful transfer of power. We must call this what it actually is: a failed attempt at a coup,” he wrote. “This is the final chapter of an incompetent, cruel, and divisive administration that has trampled on the Constitution and the rule of law at every turn, and we won’t let President Trump, the members of Congress who enable him, or the lawless mob that stormed our nation’s Capitol steal our democracy.”

Cuomo’s brother, CNN anchor Chris Cuomo, did not condemn violent protests earlier this year.

5:34 P.M.

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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam declared a state of emergency and imposed a curfew from 6 p.m. until 6 a.m.

5:17 P.M.

Photographic evidence suggests that some of the leading figures in the occupation of the Capitol are members of Antifa and Black Lives Matter.

5:09 P.M.

Video evidence shows that Capitol police allowed the protesters past fencing and into Capitol Hill.

Numerous Senators and Representatives have condemned the occupation of the Capitol.

“The perpetrators of this un-American violence and destruction must be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law,” Rep. Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y., said in a press release.

Many politicians have said that they should return to the House and Senate to finish counting the Electoral College votes.

“We are okay and ready to get back to the Senate chamber to finish our work,” Sen. Joe Manchin, D-W.Va., said in a press release. “These thugs cannot and will not run us off. We will continue to govern.”

5:05 P.M.

Conservative commentators continue to call out hypocrisy regarding today’s event and this year’s far-left riots.

4:46 P.M.

Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky., announced on Twitter that he plans to betray Trump and vote against the effort to reject unconstitutionally appointed Electoral College delegates.

His argument focused on states’ rights.

Paul did not mention that state governors and the federal judiciary stripped state legislatures of the right to conduct elections as they had prescribed.

Trump had asked Congress to send the delegate slates back to the state legislatures, where they could follow the Constitution and appoint lawful electors in accordance with their own will.

4:36 P.M.

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Armed soldiers arrived at the Capitol building to disperse the protesters.

4:28 P.M.

The Republican National Committee headquarters, down the street from the Capitol building, was evacuated after someone found a pipe bomb, Just the News reported. A bomb squad diffused the bomb and no one was injured.

The Democratic National Committee headquarters was also evacuated after a suspicious package was discovered.

4:17 P.M.

President Donald Trump released a one-minute statement telling protesters to “go home now.”

3:49 P.M.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., released a joint statement on the unrest at the Capitol.

“We are calling on President Trump to demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately,” they wrote.

3:45 P.M.

Trump supporters take souvenirs from the Capitol building.

3:36 P.M.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said Trump has directed the National Guard to clear the Capitol building of protesters.

3:18 P.M.

There is an armed standoff, with protesters attempting to break into the House chamber.

3:17 P.M.

Capitol Hill police have shot an unarmed women in the neck.

3:13 P.M.

3:03 P.M.

Popular evangelical conservative talk show host Erick Erickson called for protesters to be shot and for the Constitution to be suspended.

1:34 P.M.

Yet again, mainstream media coverage of the clashes displayed a staggering double-standard following the ongoing race riots.

After an hour of otherwise uneventful debate, the disruption appeared to have spilled over into the House chamber, forcing the session into recess and putting the entire Capitol on lockdown.

Media reported that Vice President Mike Pence had exited the building as a precaution.

Sessions appeared to resume just before 2:30 p.m.

It was not immediately clear whether the unrest outside the building had been dispersed or if the protests remained in progress during a speech by Rep. Paul Gosar, R-Ariz.

However, the House quickly went back into recess afterward as C-SPAN switched to video that showed a small line of protesters walking through the Capitol statuary hall.

An announcement told the members of Congress present on the House floor to stay in their seats.

The breach reportedly happened on the Senate side where the sheer number of protesters overwhelmed the police blocking the entrances outside.

Washington, DC, mayor Muriel Bowser, who had earlier dispatched the National Guard, responded by ordering a citywide curfew effective from 6 p.m. Wednesday until 6 a.m. Thursday.

Niels Lesniewski, a reporter for CQ Roll Call, claimed, “It’s no exaggeration that the Capitol is under siege.”

Some reported that guns were drawn with Huffington Post reporter Matt Fuller saying that there was shooting within the chamber.

President Donald Trump told the protesters to respect the police.

Sen. Ted Cruz echoed the call for protesters to avoid violent clashes.

A photo showed one protester sitting in the presiding officer’s chair, suggesting the House chamber had been occupied.

The Defense Department denied a request to deploy the National Guard.

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