How Capitol Breach, Congress Certification Unfolded : NPR

The U.S. Supreme Court docket is seen via a damaged window at an entrance of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

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The U.S. Supreme Court docket is seen via a damaged window at an entrance of the U.S. Capitol Wednesday.

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Wednesday will go down as one of many darkest days in American historical past.

It was all egged on a sitting president, who has been unable to simply accept shedding his bid for reelection and who satisfied hundreds of thousands of his followers to purchase into baseless, debunked and disproved conspiracy theories.

The end result: A mob violently storming and occupying the U.S. Capitol for hours, whereas staffers and lawmakers have been evacuated or hid in worry. The sitting U.S. vp was additionally rushed from the ground of the Senate and brought to a safe location after criticisms have been tweeted from his boss.

Here is a timeline of how issues unfolded:

1 p.m. ET A joint session of Congress begins to tally the Electoral School votes, with Vice President Pence presiding. Because it begins, Pence releases a letter to Congress declaring that he doesn’t have unilateral authority to overturn the election outcomes.

1:11 p.m. President Trump’s speech to supporters on the Ellipse exterior the White Home ends. Through the roughly hour-long speech, Trump urges his followers to march to the Capitol and says at one level, “You’ll no means take again our nation with weak point.” Trump says he will likely be there with them, however no means joins.

1:13 p.m. Arizona Rep. Paul Gosar information the primary objection to state Electoral School certification, from his residence state. Democrat Joe Biden gained the state 10,457 votes. The objection must be joined a U.S. senator, which it’s. The objection might then be debated for as much as two hours. Republican Home members and senators threaten to do that for as much as half a dozen states. The tactic quantities to no more than a delay, nevertheless, as the tip end result will likely be President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris declared the winners — once more.

2:07 p.m. The mob of Trump supporters breach the steps on the east aspect of the Capitol.

2:16 p.m. The primary scenes of the rioters inside the constructing.

2:24 p.m. Trump tweets that Vice President “Pence did not have the braveness to do what ought to have been carried out.” Throughout Trump’s speech earlier on the Ellipse, he additionally focused Pence, saying, “We will must struggle a lot more durable and Mike Pence goes to have to come back via for us. If he does not, that will likely be a tragic day for our nation since you’re sworn to uphold our structure.”

2:33 p.m. Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas, one of many senators who mentioned he would signal on to objections of accepting state certification, sends out a fundraising e-mail. He asks individuals to “stand with” him in his struggle to “reject electors.” An aide to Cruz then informed Politico it was an automatic message and that he was “dismayed” what was taking place. “He wouldn’t ship this out,” the aide mentioned.

2:38 p.m. For the primary time, Trump tells his supporters to be “peaceable.” “Please assist our Capitol Police and Legislation Enforcement,” he tweets. “They’re actually on the aspect of our Nation. Keep peaceable!”

2:42 p.m. The Home and Senate go into lockdown.

Three p.m. Gunshots heard. Capitol Police shot a lady, who later died. Finally, it’s confirmed that 4 individuals in whole died associated to the occasions.

3:08 p.m. Home Minority Chief Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., confirms studies of “pictures fired” on Fox Information and says he known as the president, urging him to name for calm.

3:13 p.m. Trump places out one other tweet “asking for everybody on the U.S. Capitol to stay peaceable. No violence! Keep in mind, WE are the Social gathering of Legislation & Order… .”

3:36 p.m. The White Home press secretary says on Twitter that the Nationwide Guard was on its approach at Trump’s path. A Protection Division official later mentioned the guard was approved “days in the past,” but it surely seems the guard had solely been approved to work with police at intersections and at Metro stations. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser mentioned she requested for extra assist from the guard as tensions rose, however the White Home was late in responding.

3:48 p.m. Reviews of pipe bombs being found. Metropolitan Police later affirm that they have been discovered on the headquarters of each the Republican and Democratic nationwide committees and destroyed legislation enforcement.

4:06 p.m. President-elect Biden speaks, calls what occurred “an unprecedented assault” on democracy and labels it an “riot.” “At their greatest,” Biden mentioned, “the phrases of a president can encourage. At their worst, they will incite.” He urges Trump to “step up,” go on nationwide tv and “finish this siege.”

4:16 p.m. Democrat Jon Ossoff race is declared the winner of the final remaining Georgia Senate race, successfully giving management of the U.S. Senate to Democrats as soon as Ossoff’s win is licensed and he’s sworn in.

4:17 p.m. Trump tweets a video downplaying the occasions of day and sympathizing together with his followers. “These are the issues and occasions that occur when a sacred landslide election victory is so unceremoniously & viciously stripped away from nice patriots who’ve been badly & unfairly handled for thus lengthy,” he says. He then tells them to “Go residence with love & in peace. Keep in mind at the present time ceaselessly!”

6:01 p.m. Trump repeats his feedback from his earlier video, this time in written tweet kind. Twitter earlier disallowed replies, likes or retweets of the video after which did the identical with the written tweet.

7:02 p.m. Twitter locks President Trump’s account for 12 hours, calling for the deletion of three tweets — the video, follow-up tweet and the one criticizing Pence at 2:24 p.m. It threatens to take away him from the platform altogether if “future violations” happen. On Thursday, Fb introduced that it was banning Trump “indefinitely and for at the least the following two weeks till the peaceable transition of energy is full.”

Eight p.m. In a present of defiance, Congress returns to the Capitol full the opening and counting of electors.

8:10 p.m. Pence speaks on Senate ground: “To those that wreaked havoc right now: You didn’t win. Violence no means wins. Freedom wins, and that is nonetheless the individuals’s home. As we reconvene, the world will once more witness the resilience of our democracy.”

Senate Majority Chief Mitch McConnell calls the rioters “thugs” and notes, “They tried to disrupt our democracy. They failed.” On the Home ground, Speaker Nancy Pelosi declared, “Our goal will likely be completed.”

8:48 p.m. Kelly Loeffler, the Georgia senator who misplaced the evening earlier than to Democrat Raphael Warnock, drops her objection to the certification of electors. She’s one in every of a number of Republican senators who beforehand mentioned they might object to accepting state certifications and reversed course.

10:14 p.m. Senate rejects objection to Arizona’s electors and accepts them, 93-6.

11:13 p.m. Home rejects Arizona objection as nicely.

12:14 a.m. Republican Scott Perry of Pennsylvania objects to Pennsylvania’s certification; it’s sustained Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley.

12:41 a.m. The Senate, skipping the allotted debate, rejects objection to Pennsylvania slate of electors, 92-7.

3:11 a.m. Home rejects objection to Pennsylvania certification, as nicely, and accepts them a vote of 282-138. However that was not earlier than fisticuffs reportedly practically get away between members an hour earlier.

3:45 a.m. Pence affirms Biden-Harris gained: “Joseph R. Biden Jr. of the state of Delaware has acquired for President of the USA, 306 votes. Donald J. Trump of the state of Florida has acquired 232 votes.”

3:49 a.m. Trump places out a press release on Twitter through his social media supervisor, pledging an “orderly transition” on Jan. 20, however continues to sow doubt concerning the election’s accuracy, saying he’ll proceed his “struggle to make sure that solely authorized votes have been counted.”

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