Currents News Staff
After a violent scene at the U.S. Capitol that left at least one woman shot dead, Congress got back to work Wednesday night. But there are still serious questions surrounding the pro-Trump riots at the Capitol, especially about the final days of the Trump White House.
Following weeks of refusing to concede, President Donald Trump released a statement early Jan. 7, agreeing to an orderly transfer of power, reading in part, “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.”
The statement comes after Congress’s certification of Joe Biden’s win over Trump in November’s election.
The proceedings, which began Wednesday afternoon, were halted by the first breach of the U.S. Capitol since the British attacked it during the War of 1812.
The ugly scenes carried on for hours: smashed windows, smoke grenades, an armed standoff at the front door of the House and protesters on the Senate floor.
“We will not be kept out of this chamber by thugs, mobs or threats,” said Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell.
A short video released by Trump during the violence told rioters to go home, but mostly repeated lies about his November loss.
“When it’s over, it is over, it is over,” said Republican Senator Lindsey Graham of South Carolina. “Joe Biden and Kamala Harris are lawfully elected.”
Biden, now less than two weeks away from inauguration, condemned the violence.
“It’s no protest. It’s insurrection. The world’s watching,” he said.