Up Date 8:15 PM ET: After the events of the day, Congress will resume the certification of the Electoral College votes and certify the election of Joe Biden as the 46th President of the United States and his Vice Presidential choice, Kamala Harris.
On Wednesday, the nation will tune in to a dramatic and historic, if mostly symbolic, joint session of Congress. Usually there would be relatively little fanfare over the counting of Electoral College votes by Congress — a necessary step in the presidential election process. But as the electoral votes from each state reach their final destination at the U.S. Capitol, Republicans in both chambers have declared that they will object to the counting of some states where President Donald Trump lost his closest races to President-elect Joe Biden.
Ed.: Protesters have breached the building and are marching through Statuary Hall which is about 20 yards from house floor. It is pretty clear that the Capitol police do not have control of this situation. There are less than half a dozen police in the hall.
Ed.: Protesters are now on the West side of the building on the platform for the Inauguration. Those who have entered the building did not go through metal detectors and may be armed. Capitol police are now using tear gas on the rioters. The Senate floor has now been evacuated.
Ed.: Members of the House in side the chamber have been told to put on their gas masks that are kept under the members’ seats.
ED.: There is now an armed standoff in the House of Representatives chamber. Police hare in the gallery near the doors with their guns drawn. There is a protester in the Senate sitting in the Leader’s chair.
Sen. Mitt Romney is blaming the Squatter and calling this an insurrection.
.@MittRomney summoned me as lawmakers and press arrived at a secure location
“This is what the president has caused today, this insurrection,” he said w fury in his voice.
— Jonathan Martin (@jmartNYT) January 6, 2021
ED.: Reports of shots fired inside the building and there is a video of a woman, who is covered in blood, being removed by paramedics.
The Squatter is in the Oval Office watching the rioting he instigated on TV. There are calls now for his immediate impeachment and conviction in the Senate.
Virginia Gov. Northam is sending the VA National Guard
Ed.: According to reports from the news media the Capitol building has been secured and the White nationalist terrorists have been removed. So far, there are now reports of arrests. Police and other law enforcement officers used flash bangs and tear gas to remove the terrorists from the grounds.
At 6 PM ET the entire city is locked down and a curfew is in effect and, as per the DC Mayor Murial Bowser, it will be strictly reported
The woman who was shot earlier has been pronounced dead at the hospital.
Facebook and YouTube have removed the Squatter’s video messages to the rioting supporters of his who breached the Capitol building. In the video, he told the terrorists that they were special, he loved them and that the election was stolen from them. Essentially, he was saying this violent insurrection was justified.
There is now a wide spread call from the right and left for the Squatter to be removed by the 25th Amendment.
ED.: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her colleagues that the certification of the election of Pres.-Elect Joe Biden and VP-Elect Kamala Harris will proceed tonight
Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer told reporters that he expected the joint session to resume in a little over an hour, at 8 pm ET.
The DC police chief, Robert Contee, said that 13 people have been arrested so far in connection to the “riot” at the US Capitol.
Ed.: From The Guardian:
Twitter has announced that Donald Trump’s account will be locked for at least 12 hours, after the removal of three of the president’s tweets.
“As a result of the unprecedented and ongoing violent situation in Washington, D.C., we have required the removal of three @realDonaldTrump Tweets that were posted earlier today for repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy,” the Twitter Safety account said in a tweet thread.
“This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.”
The social media giant added, “Future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”