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Outgoing US President Donald Trump said that there will be an "orderly" transfer of power to Joe Biden on January 20. Trump's remarks came minutes after a Joint Session of the US Congress formally certified the Electoral College victory of Biden as the next US President and Kamala Harris as the Vice President in the November 3 election.

Meanwhile, thousands of angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol and clashed with police, resulting in casualty and multiple injuries and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election.

The police, outnumbered by the maskless protesters, had a tough time in managing the mob, as hundreds of protesters breached security and entered the Capitol building on Wednesday, where members of the Congress were going through the process of counting and certifying the Electoral College votes.

Both the House and Senate and the entire Capitol were placed under a lockdown. Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers were evacuated to safe locations.

Trump, who earlier encouraged his supporters to head to the Capitol, urged them to abide by the law and go back home after the violent clash.

"This was a fraudulent election, but we can't play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home," Trump said in a video message posted on Twitter. The micro blogging site later removed the video and some tweets in which Trump appeared to defend the actions of his supporters.

Twitter also locked President Trump's account for 12 hours for the first time and warned that he could get kicked off permanently. President-elect Biden said he was shocked and sad to see the US has "come to such a dark moment".

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Pentagon chief says violence at Capitol was 'reprehensible'

Acting US Defense Secretary Chris Miller on Thursday condemned the violence at the US Capitol, more than 24 hours after Republican President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the building in an assault on American democracy.
 
"Yesterday's violence at the Capitol was reprehensible and contrary to the tenets of the United States Constitution," Miller said in a statement.
 
"Our Republic may have been disrupted yesterday, but the resolve of our legislators to conduct the people's business did not waver," Miller said, adding that the Pentagon would carry out a peaceful transition of power to Democratic President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20.
 

Biden blames Trump for violence at Capitol that's shaken US

President-elect Joe Biden on Thursday denounced the rioters who stormed the US Capitol as “domestic terrorists” and he blamed President Donald Trump for the violence that has shaken the nation's capital and beyond.
 
The protest by Trump supporters that breached the security of Congress on Wednesday was “not dissent, was not disorder, was not protest. It was chaos.” Those who massed on Capitol Hill intending to disrupt a joint session of Congress that was certifying Biden's election victory over Trump “weren't protesters. Don't dare call them protesters. They were a riotous mob — insurrectionists, domestic terrorists. It's that basic,” Biden said.
 
In solemn tones, Biden said the actions Trump has taken to subvert the nation's democratic institutions throughout his presidency led directly to the mayhem in Washington.
 
“In the past four years, we've had a president who's made his contempt for our democracy, our constitution, the rule of law clear in everything he has done,” Biden said. "He unleashed an all-out assault on our institutions of our democracy from the outset. And yesterday was the culmination of that unrelenting attack.” The mob of hundreds of Trump backers broke into the Capitol and roamed the halls looking for lawmakers, who were forced to halt their deliberations a nd evacuate to safety. The violent protesters were egged on by Trump himself, who has falsely contended that he lost the election due to voter fraud.
 

Wall St at record high as Democrats take control of Senate

Wall Street hit record levels on Thursday as market participants bet on more coronavirus relief aid under a Democrat-controlled U.S. Congress to help the economy ride out a steep pandemic-induced downturn.
 
Investors shrugged off growing calls for President Donald Trump's removal and a staff exodus on Thursday, one day after Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol in a harrowing assault on American democracy.
 
"The market is now looking past Trump and it's looking forward to a Biden presidency, more structure and stimulus," said Dennis Dick, a trader at Bright Trading LLC.
 
"A Democratic Congress is going to obviously be more concerned about the small businesses, and the Main Street." Economy-linked financials jumped 1.5%, while industrial and materials sectors hovered near record highs on expectations that President-elect Joe Biden would line up a bigger fiscal package and boost infrastructure spending.
 
"You're seeing a reflation trade on the assumption that a more progressive and aggressive fiscal stimulus package could be in the offing," said Keith Buchanan, portfolio manager at GlobAlt in Atlanta.
 
Rate-sensitive bank shares gained 2.7%, tracking a surge in the benchmark 10-year U.S. Treasury yield.
 
The S&P 500 technology index, up 2.4%, was set to more than make up for its losses from a day earlier, when shares of some of the biggest technology companies dropped on fears of increased regulation. Read more
 

Facebook blocks Trump, Zuckerberg calls unrest 'an insurrection'

Facebook Inc said it would block US President Donald Trump's accounts for at least the next two weeks until the presidential transition is completed and perhaps indefinitely, the most significant sanction of the president by any major social media company.
 
The decision by Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg comes after Facebook announced on Wednesday it would lock for 24 hours Trump's page, which has 35 million followers.
 
Tech giants have been scrambling to crack down on the president's baseless claims about the US presidential election after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in unrest that resulted in four deaths.
 
"We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great," Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post on Thursday. He said the block would also apply to Facebook-owned Instagram. Zuckerberg called the unrest "an insurrection" in an internal all-hands staff meeting on Thursday, according to audio of the call heard by Reuters.
 

YouTube removes several videos posted on Trump's channel

YouTube has removed several videos that US President Donald Trump has posted on his channel and warned that any channel found to be posting three times within 90 days with false claims on US election results will be permanently removed from the Google-owned video platform.
 
The move comes in the wake of the unprecedented storming of the US Capitol by Trump's supporters on Wednesday and thus disrupting the constitutional process of counting and certification of the Electoral College votes of the presidential elections. Four people, including a woman, died in the clashes between protesters and police.
 
“Over the last month, we've removed thousands of videos which spread misinformation claiming widespread voter fraud changed the result of the 2020 election, including several videos that President Trump posted on Wednesday to his channel,” Google said in a statement.
 
“Due to the disturbing events that transpired on Wednesday, and given that the election results have been certified, any channel posting new videos with these false claims in violation of our policies will now receive a strike, a penalty which temporarily restricts uploading or live-streaming,” it said.
 
“Channels that receive three strikes in the same 90-day period will be permanently removed from YouTube,” Google said in its statement.
 
Trump's YouTube channel has 2.68 million subscribers. Following the violence that erupted at the US Capitol after his supporters stormed the building, YouTube has removed most of his videos from the rally he addressed earlier in the day.
 
YouTube believes that those videos alleging widespread fraud in the 2020 elections violated its policies.
 

Biden slams pro-Trump mob as 'domestic terrorists'

President-elect Joe Biden slams pro-Trump mob as 'domestic terrorists' one day after violent siege on US Capitol. (AP)

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If Trump not removed under 25th Amendment, Congress may go forward with impeachment: Pelosi

If Trump not removed under 25th Amendment, Congress may go forward with impeachment, says Nancy Pelosi (AP)

Trump faces mounting pressure and calls for resignation or removal

President Donald Trump came under mounting pressure Thursday after inciting a mob of protesters who stormed the U.S. Capitol -- facing calls to resign or for Vice President Mike Pence to undertake extraordinary constitutional moves to oust him from office.
 
Chuck Schumer, the top Senate Democrat, called for Pence and the Trump cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment, which provides an avenue for the president to be removed. Republican Congressman Adam Kinzinger, a staunch Trump critic, also called for Trump’s removal.
 
Meanwhile, resignations continue to mount, including Trump’s former chief of staff, Mick Mulvaney, and the head of his council of economic advisers. In an apparent bid to quell the outcry, Trump issued a statement overnight committing to an “orderly transition.”

Trump supporters storm US Capitol; 4 dead in violence before Congress certifies Biden-Harris

In an unprecedented assault on democracy in the US, thousands of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building here and clashed with police, resulting in four deaths and interrupting a constitutional process by Congress to affirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the election.
 
The Electoral College votes of Biden and Harris were finally approved early on Thursday after both the Senate and the House of Representatives rejected all objections raised by the Republicans to the votes in the states of Pennsylvania and Arizona.
 
In the presidential election held on November 3, Biden and Harris received 306 electoral votes, while President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence got 232. The counting of Vermont's three electoral votes put Biden and Harris over the 270-threshold needed to win the presidency.
 
The 78-year-old Democratic leader and his 56-year-old Indian-origin deputy will be inaugurated on January 20, it was announced after the constitutional process was finally completed by a joint session of Congress.
 
In the violence on Wednesday, four people died, including one woman who was shot by a police officer, amid protests and rioting on Capitol Hill that resulted in dozens of demonstrators being arrested, police said.
 
Metropolitan Police Department Chief Robert Contee called the rioting by pro-Trump demonstrators "shameful" during a news conference.
 
One woman was shot and killed by Capitol Police during the rioting. Police said three other people - a woman and two men - died after apparently suffering "separate medical emergencies" near the Capitol grounds.
 
At least 14 DC Metropolitan Police officers were injured, including one who was hospitalised after suffering serious injuries when he was pulled into a crowd and assaulted, Contee said.
 
Metro Police made 80 arrests related to unrest this week in downtown DC, including 68 arrests on Wednesday night, according to a mayor's spokeswoman. Most were for violations of the mayor's 6 p.m. curfew.
 

Chuck Schumer Calls for Trump to Be Removed From Office by Cabinet

Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer called for President Donald Trump to be immediately removed from office, saying he incited insurrection against the government by encouraging the mob that stormed the Capitol on Wednesday.
 
Schumer, who is set to become majority leader, said in a statement that Vice President Mike Pence should invoke the Constitution’s 25th Amendment, using support of the cabinet to take over in the Oval Office until Joe Biden is inaugurated on Jan. 20.
 
“If the vice president and the cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” Schumer said in a statement.
 
Schumer iss the highest-ranking official yet to call for Trump to be removed. A number of rank-and-file Democrats have urged Trump’s impeachment, and a Republican, Representative Adam Kinzinger of Illinois, earlier backed ousting the president via the 25th Amendment.
 
Read More: Why Trump, Yet Again, Prompts Talk of 25th Amendment: QuickTake
 
“Not only has the president abdicated his duty to protect the American people and the people’s house, he invoked and inflamed passions that only gave fuel to the insurrection that we saw here,” Kinzinger said in a tweeted video statement. “The president is unfit and the president is unwell and the president must now relinquish control of the executive branch voluntarily or involuntarily.”
 
The 25th Amendment provides for the removal of the president if the vice president and a majority of the cabinet determines that he or she is “unable to discharge the powers and duties” of the office. If the president contests the finding, and the vice president and cabinet persist, Congress can order the president’s removal by a two-thirds vote in both chambers.
 

Top China, Russia advisers among White House resignations after Capitol violence

Top national security aides and other staffers have resigned from President Donald Trump's administration over the storming of Capitol Hill by his supporters, and officials said on Thursday more departures are expected soon.
 
Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger, a leading figure in the development of Trump's China policy, resigned on Wednesday in response to the incident, a senior administration official told Reuters.
 
That was followed by Ryan Tully, the senior director for European and Russian affairs at the National Security Council, another senior official said on condition of anonymity.
 
Trump's pledge on Thursday about an "orderly transition" to President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20 was partly intended to head off further resignations, but the second official told Reuters: "It's not going to stop it."
 
With under two weeks left of Trump's presidency, many aides were already heading for the door but the sudden departures underscored the revulsion among Trump staffers over what was widely seen as his encouragement of mobs of supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol in an attempt to prevent formal certification of Biden's Nov. 3 election victory.
 
Congress did so early on Thursday.
 
The shocking images at the Capitol filled television screens in the United States and around the world, a deep stain on Trump's presidency and legacy as his tenure nears its end.
 

US Treasury Secretary Mnuchin expected to serve out term: Report

US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin is expected to serve out his term until the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on Jan. 20, sources familiar with Mnuchin's thinking said on Thursday.
 
Mnuchin and other key Treasury officials were expected to continue working on various policy initiatives, including domestic stimulus measures and an array of international initiatives, the sources said. Several key administration officials resigned Wednesday, citing President Donald Trump's response to a violent assault on the US Capitol by his supporters.
 

Wall Street at record highs as Democrats take control of Senate

Wall Street hit record levels on Thursday as market participants bet on more pandemic aid under a Democrat-controlled US Congress to help the economy ride out a steep downturn.
 
Economy-linked financials jumped 2.2% while industrial and materials sectors hovered near record highs on expectations that President-elect Joe Biden would line up a bigger fiscal package and boost infrastructure spending.
 
At 10:18 am ET, the Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 269.28 points, or 0.88%, to 31,098.68, the S&P 500 gained 53.75 points, or 1.43%, to 3,801.89 and the Nasdaq Composite gained 261.18 points, or 2.06%, to 13,002.01.

 

Thin Democratic control of Senate offers Biden chance for steps on climate

Democratic control of the Senate offers President-elect Joe Biden an opportunity to advance parts of his climate agenda, but the paper-thin majority likely puts sweeping global warming legislation beyond reach.
 
The election of Democrats Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff in the Georgia run-off on Tuesday put the Senate at an even 50-50, giving Vice President-elect Kamala Harris the tie-breaking vote and removing control of the chamber from Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and his fellow Republicans.
 
That virtually guarantees that Biden's nominees for departments dealing with climate policy will breeze through Senate confirmation on simple majority votes. The nominees, including Michael Regan for administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), are intent on making climate change regulation one of the pillars of the administration soon after Biden takes office on Jan. 20.
 
It also means Democrats could push moderate proposals that many lawmakers in both parties support, like reducing carbon emissions from transportation, advanced nuclear energy technology, and domestic production of critical minerals used in batteries and renewable energy.
 
But Biden's vision for a $2 trillion climate plan, including broad limits on greenhouse gas emissions or federal mandates for clean energy, may be harder to achieve through legislation in a divided Senate still gripped by rancor over the Nov. 3 election.
 
Most bills require 60 votes in the 100-seat chamber to pass.
 

Bolsonaro warns US-like political crisis could happen in Brazil

Brazil's President Jair Bolsonaro said on Thursday the lack of trust in the vote count in the US election led to Wednesday's mob attack on Congress and warned that the same could happen in his country.
 
The far-right leader repeated claims of widespread fraud in the Nov. 3 vote and said Brazil's electronic voting system, internationally praised for its efficiency and speed in counting ballots, can be manipulated.
 
Hundreds of President Donald Trump's supporters stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday in a harrowing assault on American democracy. A shaken Congress early on Thursday formally certified Democrat Joe Biden's election victory.
 
Bolsonaro, an admirer of Trump and whose anti-establishment style of politics he has mimicked, advocates a return to printed ballots for the 2022 presidential election, in which he plans to seek a second term.
 
"What happened in the American elections? Basically, what was ... the cause of the whole crisis? The lack of confidence in the vote," he told supporters outside his residence.
 
Bolsonaro said, without giving any evidence, that there were people who voted three or four times, and dead people had voted.
 
"Here, in Brazil, if you have electronic voting, it will be the same. Fraud exists," he said. "If we don't have the ballot printed in 2022, a way to audit the votes, we're going to have bigger problems than the United States," he said.
 

Republican congressman calls for Trump's ouster with 25th Amendment

Republican US Representative Adam Kinzinger on Thursday called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked to remove President Donald Trump from office, a day after the president's supporters stormed the US Capitol in a harrowing assault on American democracy.
 
"All indications are that the president has become unmoored, not just from his duty or even his oath, but from reality itself," Kinzinger said in a video he posted on Twitter.

Facebook, Instagram to block Trump's account for rest of his presidential term

Facebook Inc. Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg said that the current block on President Donald Trump’s Facebook and Instagram accounts will be extended indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks.
 
“We believe the risks of allowing the President to continue to use our service during this period are simply too great,” Zuckerberg said in a Facebook post. The blocks in place will be extended “until the peaceful transition of power is complete.”

President Donald Trump speaks during a rally protesting the electoral college certification of Joe Biden as President, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

China likens US riots to Hong Kong pro-democracy protests

China on Thursday likened a mob assault on the US Capitol Hill to that of Hong Kong protesters' attack on the local legislative building in 2019 and questioned the contrasting reactions by the international community and the media, while the Chinese netizens cheered the incident in America with words like "Karma", "retribution" and "deserving".
 
"We have noted what has taken place in the US and we believe that the American people hope for a return to normal order as soon as possible," Foreign Ministry spokesperson Hua Chunying said at a media briefing here while responding to questions seeking China's response to the Capitol riots and Chinese social media reactions applauding the unprecedented violence, PTI reported.
 
"Many Chinese netizens are wondering why some politicians and media in the US reacted so differently to a similar situation," Hua said, drawing a comparison between the Capitol Hill riots and the attack on the Legislative Council building in Hong Kong by pro-democracy protesters in 2019.

Trump supporters storm US Capitol; four dead in violence before Congress certifies Biden-Harris win

In an unprecedented assault on democracy in the US, thousands of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building here and clashed with police, resulting in four deaths and interrupting a constitutional process by Congress to affirm the victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris in the election.
 
The Electoral College votes of Biden and Harris were finally approved early on Thursday after both the Senate and the House of Representatives rejected all objections raised by the Republicans to the votes in the states of Pennsylvania and Arizona.
 
In the presidential election held on November 3, Biden and Harris received 306 electoral votes, while President Trump and Vice President Mike Pence got 232. The counting of Vermont's three electoral votes put Biden and Harris over the 270-threshold needed to win the presidency.
 
The 78-year-old Democratic leader and his 56-year-old Indian-origin deputy will be inaugurated on January 20, it was announced after the constitutional process was finally completed by a joint session of Congress.

Joe Biden nominates Judge Merrick Garland as US Attorney General

US President-elect Joe Biden has formally announced appellate court Judge Merrick Garland as his nominee for the post of the US attorney general.
 
Biden announced the key nominations for the Department of Justice on Thursday. Besides Garland, Lisa Monaco, the homeland security adviser to former President Barack Obama, has been appointed to the post of deputy attorney general.
 
In 2016, then-President Barack Obama nominated Garland to serve on the US Supreme Court, but his nomination languished in the Republican-controlled Senate at the end of the former president's term.
 
Garland is a Department of Justice veteran and independent jurist on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.

US politicians and business corporations express shock after attack at Capitol by pro-Trump protesters

US Congress certifies Biden-Harris victory; Trump pledges 'orderly transition' after riot disrupts Capitol

Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be the next US president and vice-president, Congress certified early on Thursday, hours after a stunned world saw unprecedented chaos and deadly violence when thousands of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building and sought to thwart the peaceful transfer of power.
 
The Electoral College votes were approved after both the Senate and the House of Representatives rejected objections raised by the Republicans to the votes in the states of Pennsylvania and Arizona.
 
Biden and Harris received 306 electoral votes, while Trump and Pence got 232. The counting of Vermont's three electoral votes put Biden and Harris over the 270-threshold needed to win the presidency.
 
The 78-year-old Democratic leader and his 56-year-old Indian-origin deputy will be inaugurated on January 20. In the violence on Wednesday, four people died, including one woman who was shot by a police officer, amid protests and rioting on Capitol Hill that resulted in dozens of demonstrators being arrested, police said.

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office damaged during Capitol attack

Pro-Trump rioters -- who overtook the US Capitol on Wednesday and stormed past police barricades -- vandalised the office of Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House of Representatives.
 
Pelosi's aides said the mob shattered a big mirror in the office of the 80-year-old top Democrat and took the nameplate from above the door of her office in the highly-secure building.
 
One image captured a Trump supporter sitting with his feet up on the desk of Pelosi, a fierce critic of the President Donald Trump, a Republican. Rioters flipped over tables and tore down photographs from the walls, according to The New York Times

CNN reported earlier that a photo from inside her office suite showed a folder with the words "we will not back down" written on it. READ ON...

 

Four died and 52 arrested after supporters of Donald Trump stormed US Capitol

Barack Obama calls Capitol chaos 'dishonour, shame' for the US

Former President of the United States Barack Obama has described the unprecedented chaos at the Capitol as "a moment of great dishonour" and "shame" for the nation.
 
"History will rightly remember today's violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonour and shame for our nation. But we'd be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise," Obama said in a statement posted on Twitter.
 
The Ex-US President blasted the Republican Party and "its accompanying media ecosystem" for refusing to acknowledge "this was not a particularly close election and that President-elect (Joe) Biden will be inaugurated on January 20."
 
"Their fantasy narrative has spiralled further and further from reality, and it builds upon years of sown resentments," he said. Obama called on Republican lawmakers to "choose reality" and "choose America" or continue "stoking the raging fires."
 
The former Democratic President expressed optimism over the number of Republicans who spoke out against Trump on Wednesday.

Four living former US presidents deride Capitol breach by Trump supporters

Slamming President Donald Trump for inciting violence at the US Capitol, all four living former US presidents -- Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter -- have condemned the actions of pro-Trump rioters and underlined the need for a peaceful transfer of power.
 
The statement of Obama and three former presidents came hours after thousands of pro-Trump rioters on Wednesday stormed the US Capitol, interrupting a joint session of Congress where lawmakers were set to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win.
 
History will rightly remember today's violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonour and shame for our nation. But we'd be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise, Obama said in a lengthy statement. READ ON...

Donald Trump finally concedes after Congress affirms Joe Biden's win

For the first time since the November 2020 election, US President Donald Trump on Thursday conceded against President-elect Joe Biden, saying that there would be an "orderly transition of power" on January 20, shortly after Congress affirmed the Democrat's Electoral College victory.
 
"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. "I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted.
 
"While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again," Trump said in a statement which was posted on the social media by senior White House aide Don Scavino since Twitter and Facebook temporarily blocked the President.

LIVE: US Lawmakers reconvene to certify Electoral College votes after storming of Capitol

US Speaker Pelosi asks Congress to resume joint session to consider election results

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi on Wednesday (local time) asked the Congress to resume a joint session to consider election results.
 
"Today's shameful assault on our democracy -- anointed at the highest level of government -- must not deter us from our responsibility to the Constitution. Tonight, we will move forward with the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's election," tweeted Pelosi.
 
The House of Representatives voted 282-138 against an attempt to overturn Biden's victory in Pennsylvania. The Congress had earlier rejected an attempt to object to Joe Biden's victory in the presidential election results in Arizona.

Distressed to see news on rioting and violence: PM Modi on US Capitol chaos

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday condemned the violent chaos that unfolded a day ago at the US Capitol in Washington D.C., saying "orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue".
 
"Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington D.C. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. "The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests," Modi tweeted.
 
The Prime Minister's remarks came after thousands of supporters of sitting US President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building, deemed as the citadel of American democracy, on Wednesday afternoon, forcing proceedings to count Electoral College votes cast in the November 3, 2020 presidential election, to halt.
 
Lawmakers had to be evacuated from the House and the Senate, and the Capitol was vandalised. At least four people have been killed, 52 arrested and 14 police officers injured as a result of the violence. The Capitol building houses the US Congress and is the seat of the legislative branch of the American government.

Outrage against Donald Trump grows from both lawmakers and American business corporations

Donald Trump pledges 'orderly' transfer of power to Joe Biden on January 20

Outgoing US President Donald Trump said on Thursday that there will be an "orderly" transfer of power to Joe Biden on January 20. Trump's remarks came minutes after a Joint Session of the US Congress formally certified the Electoral College victory of Biden as the next US President and Kamala Harris as the Vice President in the November 3 election.
 
"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," Trump said in a statement. Commenting on the certification, Trump said the decision "represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history."
 
"It's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again," Trump said while repeating false claims about the election fraud.
 
Biden, 78, and Harris, 56, are scheduled to be sworn in as the President and Vice President of the country on January 20. The inauguration is going to be a low-key affair given the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chaos, violence, mockery as pro-Trump mob occupies US Congress

Where are they? a Trump supporter demanded in a crowd of dozens roaming the halls of the Capitol, bearing Trump flags and pounding on doors. They lawmakers, staff members and more were hiding under tables, hunkered in lockdowns, saying prayers and seeing the fruits of the country's divisions up close and violent.
 
Guns were drawn. A woman was shot and killed by police, and three others died in apparent medical emergencies. A Trump flag hung on the Capitol. The graceful Rotunda reeked of tear gas. Glass shattered.
 
On Wednesday, hallowed spaces of American democracy, one after another, yielded to the occupation of Congress.
 
The pro-Trump mob took over the presiding officer's chair in the Senate, the offices of the House speaker and the Senate dais, where one yelled, Trump won that election.

Three White House aides resign after Capitol violence

Three White House aides, including First Lady Melania Trump's chief of staff Stephanie Grisham, have resigned from their posts in the wake of the violent protests that rocked Washington DC. Grisham submitted her resignation Wednesday afternoon, effective immediately, reports Xinhua news agency.
 
In a statement posted on Twitter early Thursday, Grisham said: It has been an honour to serve the country in the White House. I am very proud to have been a part of @FLOTUS @MELANIATRUMP mission to help children everywhere and proud of the many accomplishments of this Administration. Signing off now - you can find me at @OMGrisham."
 
Grisham was one of the longest-serving Trump administration officials, previously serving as White House Communications Director and Press Secretary.
 
The second aide who resigned was White House Social Secretary Anna Cristina Niceta, an administration official confirmed to CNN. According to the CNN, Niceta served as the administration's sole Social Secretary, assuming the post in February 2017. The third aide who also resigned on Wednesday was White House press aide Sarah Matthews. In a statement Matthews said she "was deeply disturbed by what I saw today", adding that "our nation needs a peaceful transfer of power".

Joint session of US Congress certifies Biden's electoral victory over Trump

A Joint Session of the US Congress on Thursday formally certified the electoral victory of Joe Biden as the next US President and Kamala Harris as the Vice President in the November 3 election.
 
The formal certification by the Joint Session came in the wee hours of Thursday. The Joint Session which resumed its meeting late Wednesday night after it was disrupted by hundreds of supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump who violently stormed the Capitol Hill.
 
The counting of Electoral College votes and its subsequent certification came after an ugly episode of violence inside the US Capitol, resulting in four deaths, wherein Capitol Hill was brought under a lockdown, with lawmakers being taken to safe places, shots were fired inside the Congress and tear gas was used. Former US President, Barack Obama, described it as a moment of great dishonor and shame for the United States.
 
Biden, 78, and Harris, 56, are scheduled to be sworn in as the President and Vice President of the country on January 20. The inauguration is going to be a low-key affair given the Covid-19 pandemic.

US Congress rejects objection to Joe Biden's victory in Arizona

The House of Representatives and the Senate on Wednesday (local time) rejected an objection to President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Arizona. The objection to the results in Arizona -- spearheaded by Republican Paul Gosar and Senator Ted Cruz -- was rejected 93-6 on Wednesday night.
 
The debate was halted for hours when angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol on Wednesday in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power, forcing lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupting challenges to Joe Biden's Electoral College victory. Congress returned later Wednesday to resume their proceedings after the Capitol was cleared by law enforcement.
 
Trump has claimed widespread voter fraud to explain away his defeat to President-elect Joe Biden.

House of representatives vote 282-138 against attempt to overturn Joe Biden’s victory in Pennsylvania

FBI seeks information to identify individuals who instigated US Capitol riots

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Wednesday (local time) released a statement seeking information on the US Capitol riots to identify miscreants who instigated the violence.
 
"The FBI is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, DC. The FBI is accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting and violence in the US Capitol Building and surrounding the area in Washington DC, on January 6, 2021," read the statement.
 
It urged the people to help in providing the information, "If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol".
 
The bureau also urged people to "call 1-800-CALL-FBI (1-800-225-5324) to verbally report tips and/or information related to this investigation" and to "submit any images, videos, or other multimedia files you have related to possible violations of federal law committed".

US election result 2020: Democrats take US Senate as Ossoff wins in Georgia

Democrats took control of the Senate on Wednesday (local time) as Jon Ossoff won the Georgia runoff elections, New York Times reported.
 
Raphael Warnock defeated Senator Kelly Loeffler, becoming the first Black Democrat elected to the Senate from the South, while Jon Ossoff, the 33-year-old head of a video production company who has never held public office, defeated David Perdue, who recently completed his first full term as senator, reported New York Times.
 
Raphael Warnock and Ossoff will be the first Black and Jewish senators to represent Georgia, CNN reported.
 
Ossoff's victory comes at a moment when the chaotic and violent scene erupted at the US Capitol.

Under heavy guard, Congress back to work after Trump supporters storm US Capitol

Both houses of Congress resumed their work on certifying Biden's Electoral College win, with debate stretching into the early hours of Thursday. It quickly became clear that objections from pro-Trump Republican lawmakers to Biden's victory in battleground states would be rejected overwhelmingly, including by most Republicans."To those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today - you did not win," Vice President Mike Pence, who presided over the session, said as it resumed. "Let's get back to work," he said, drawing applause

US lawmakers to investigate police after Capitol breach by pro-Trump mob

Lawmakers are vowing an investigation into how Capitol police handled Wednesday's violent breach at the Capitol, questioning whether a lack of preparedness allowed the mob to occupy and vandalize the building.
 
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, said the breach raises grave security concerns,? adding that her committee will work with House and Senate leaders to review the police response - and its preparedness - to a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump that stormed the Capitol and forced lawmakers into hiding. Read on...

US lawmakers to investigate police after Capitol breach by pro-Trump mob

Lawmakers are vowing an investigation into how Capitol police handled Wednesday's violent breach at the Capitol, questioning whether a lack of preparedness allowed the mob to occupy and vandalize the building.
 
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, said the breach raises grave security concerns,? adding that her committee will work with House and Senate leaders to review the police response - and its preparedness - to a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump that stormed the Capitol and forced lawmakers into hiding. Read on...

Washington DC Mayor extends public emergency for 15 days after Capitol riot

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser on Wednesday (local time) extended the public emergency for 15 days following the mayhem and chaos created by pro-Trump supporters at the US Capitol.
 
"I have issued an order extending the public emergency declared earlier today for a total of 15 days," Bowser wrote on Twitter. Read on...

In pic: Protesters wave American and Confederate flags during clashes with Capitol police at a rally


Four living ex-presidents deride US Capitol breach by Trump supporters

Slamming President Donald Trump for inciting violence at the US Capitol, all four living former US presidents -- Barack Obama, George W Bush, Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter -- have condemned the actions of pro-Trump rioters and underlined the need for a peaceful transfer of power.
 
The statement of Obama and three former presidents came hours after thousands of pro-Trump rioters on Wednesday stormed the US Capitol, interrupting a joint session of Congress where lawmakers were set to certify President-elect Joe Biden's win.
 
History will rightly remember today's violence at the Capitol, incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election, as a moment of great dishonour and shame for our nation. But we'd be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise, Obama said in a lengthy statement.

Lawmakers vow to investigate police after Capitol breach

Lawmakers are vowing an investigation into how Capitol police handled Wednesday's violent breach at the Capitol, questioning whether a lack of preparedness allowed the mob to occupy and vandalize the building.
 
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, said the breach raises grave security concerns,? adding that her committee will work with House and Senate leaders to review the police response - and its preparedness - to a violent mob loyal to President Donald Trump that stormed the Capitol and forced lawmakers into hiding.
 
The incident forced lawmakers to crouch under desks and don gas marks, while police futilely tried to barricade the building. A woman was shot and killed inside the Capitol, and Washington's mayor instituted an evening curfew in an attempt to contain the violence.

President Trump is 'menace', must be removed and held accountable for Capitol attack: US media

Donald Trump, whose "seditious rhetoric" incited a violent attack on the Capitol, is a "menace" and is unfit to remain in office and must be removed, US media outlets have asserted, as they tore into the American President, demanding that he be held accountable through impeachment proceedings or criminal prosecution.
 
Thousands of Trump's supporters stormed the US Capitol and clashed with police on Wednesday, resulting in at least the death of four persons and interrupting a constitutional process to affirm President-elect Joe Biden's victory in the election.
 
In an editorial titled 'Trump is to blame for Capitol attack', The New York Times said, "President Trump and his Republican enablers in Congress incited a violent attack Wednesday against the government they lead and the nation they profess to love. This cannot be allowed to stand."
 
The NYT editorial said Trump's "seditious rhetoric" prompted a mob of thousands of people to storm the US Capitol building, some breaking onto the House and Senate floors, where the nation's elected representatives had gathered to perform their constitutional duty of counting electoral votes and confirming the election of Joe Biden as president.
 
The Washington Post in an editorial titled 'Trump caused the assault on the Capitol. He must be removed' said the president's "refusal to accept his election defeat and his relentless incitement of his supporters led Wednesday to the unthinkable: an assault on the US Capitol by a violent 

Supporters of President Trump vandalized Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office

Supporters of President Trump vandalized Speaker Nancy Pelosi's office Wednesday after storming the Capitol in protest of the certification of the Electoral College results.
 
A member of the mob was photographed sitting at a desk in Pelosi's suite of offices, an American flag draped on a desk behind him.
 
Rioters flipped over tables and tore down photographs from the walls, according to The New York Times.

Former Andhra Pradesh minister Bhuma Akhila Priya arrested in kidnapping case

Former Andhra Pradesh Tourism minister Bhuma Akhila Priya was arrested Wednesday in connection with the dramatic abduction of three businessmen Praveen Rao, Sunil Rao and Naveen Rao—all of them siblings— in Hyderabad. The three brothers were whisked away from their residence Tuesday night by a group of kidnappers who posed as Income Tax officials, after detaining other family members in another room. The TDP leader, according to police, is alleged to have planned and executed the abduction.

Officials discussing 25th Amendment for Trump following violence at Capitol

Officials discussing 25th Amendment for Trump following violence at Capitol

US election result: Senator Romney says: "President Trump lost. I've had that experience myself. It's no fun!"

US election result: Nevada's electoral votes were challenged, but no senator signed on to the objection

Nevada's electoral votes were challenged by Republican representatives, but no senator signed on to the objection.

US lawmakers seek immediate removal of Trump as supporters attack Capitol

Several US lawmakers have demanded immediate removal of President Donald Trump from office, alleging that he incited his supporters who stormed the Capitol in an unprecedented incident that has dented the democracy of America. Read on...

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly discharged from Kolkata's Woodlands Hospital

Sickening and heartbreaking sight: Former Prez Bush on US Capitol attack

Former US President George W Bush on Wednesday (local time) called "insurrection" at the Capitol a "sickening, heartbreaking sight" and said this is how election results are disputed in a banana republic, not our democratic republic.
 
"Laura and I are watching the scenes of mayhem unfolding at the seat of our nation's government in disbelief and dismay. It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight. This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic, not our democratic republic," the former President said in a statement. Read on...

Four dead after hundreds of Trump supporters attacked US Capitol Hill

Four people died as supporters of President Donald Trump violently occupied the US Capitol.
 
Washington DC Police Chief Robert Contee said the dead on Wednesday included a woman who was shot by the US Capitol Police, as well as three others who died in medical emergencies".
 
Police said both law enforcement and Trump supporters deployed chemical irritants during the hours-long occupation of the Capitol building before it was cleared Wednesday evening by law enforcement.
 
The woman was shot earlier Wednesday as the mob tried to break through a barricaded door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side. She was hospitalised with a gunshot wound and later died. Read on...

Condemn the violence that took place: Mike Pence

Joe Biden, Kamala Harris are lawfully elected, says Lindsey Graham

US Senate rejects challenge to President-elect Biden's Arizona win

The Senate has overwhelmingly turned aside a challenge to US President-elect Joe Biden's victory in Arizona, guaranteeing the result will stand.
 
The objection to the results in Arizona -- spearheaded by Rep. Paul Gosar and Sen. Ted Cruz -- was rejected 93-6 on Wednesday night.
 
All votes in favour came from Republicans, but after violent protesters mobbed the Capitol earlier Wednesday a number of GOP senators who had planned to support the objection reversed course. Read on...

US lawmakers reconvene to certify Electoral College votes after the violence

US lawmakers reconvene to certify Electoral College votes after the violence at the US Capitol in Washington DC

Democrats take control of US Senate as party wins two seats in Georgia

The Democratic Party has captured control of the Senate after winning the two seats up for grabs in runoff elections in the key state of Georgia, giving President-elect Joe Biden a majority in both houses of the US Congress and delivering a setback to President Donald Trump in his last days in office.
 
Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff on Wednesday defeated Republican incumbents Kelly Loeffler and David Perdue respectively.
 
The elections for the two Senate seats were held on Tuesday. With this victory, both the Democrats and the Republicans have 50 members each in the 100-seat Senate. Read on...

Indian-American lawmakers criticise storming of US Capitol

All the four Indian-American Democratic lawmakers -- Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Raja Krishnamoorthi -- have expressed disgust after they were forced to take shelter at safe places as thousands of angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol.
 
Lawmakers were evacuated to secure locations after protesters breached security and entered the Capitol building on Wednesday, where members of the Congress were going through the process of counting and certifying the Electoral College votes to affirm Joe Biden's victory in the November 3 presidential election.
 
Sheltering in Cannon (building), Congressman Khanna tweeted.

UN chief, UNGA president express concern over violence in Washington

Top United Nations leadership expressed sadness and concern over the violence in Washington DC by pro-Trump demonstrators who stormed the US Capitol as lawmakers gathered to certify the presidential election results.
 
"The Secretary-General is saddened by the events at the US Capitol in Washington, D.C," on Wednesday, Stephane Dujarric, Spokesman for the Secretary-General, said in a note to correspondents.
 
"In such circumstances, it is important that political leaders impress on their followers the need to refrain from violence, as well as to respect democratic processes and the rule of law, the UN chief said.

US Capitol LIVE: National Guard members arrived at the US Capitol

Congress’ certification of Joe Biden’s election win will show the world it won’t back down: Nancy Pelosi

US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi says Congress’ certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s election win will show the world it won’t back down, reports The Associated Press

US Capitol violence LIVE: RNC says violence at Capitol is not patriotism

The Republican National Committee says it strongly condemns the violence at the Capitol, adding that the violent scenes do not represent acts of patriotism, but an attack on our country and its founding principles.
 
The RNC is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform. Its statement condemning the violence came hours after Republican President Donald Trump baselessly complained that the election was stripped away from great patriots. He went on to tell them to go home with love & in peace.
 
The groups communications director, Michael Ahrens, says, What happened today was domestic terrorism.
 
He says to see the U.S. flag used in the name of unfounded conspiracy theories is a disgrace to the nation, and every decent American should be disgusted by it.

We are locking Prez Donald Trump’s Instagram account for 24 hours as well: Adam Mosseri, Head of Instagram

Pelosi says Biden win certification to resume tonight once US Capitol secure

Nancy Pelosi said Biden won certification to resume tonight once US Capitol is secure, AFP reported.

Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue: Narendra Modi on US Capitol violence

Distressed to see news about rioting and violence in Washington DC. Orderly and peaceful transfer of power must continue. The democratic process cannot be allowed to be subverted through unlawful protests.


As a result of the unprecedented violent situation in Washington, DC, Twitter removes Trump's tweets




Facebook blocks Trump from posting for 24 hours over policy violation

Facebook blocks Trump from posting for 24 hours over policy violation

Trump supporters used chemical irritants on police to break into Capitol

The police chief of Washington, DC, says pro-Trump protesters deployed chemical irritants on police in order to break into the US Capitol.
 
Police Chief Robert Contee says officials have declared the scene a riot. One civilian was shot inside the Capitol on Wednesday. Thirteen arrests were made of people from out of the area.
 
Mayor Muriel Bowser says the behaviour of the Trump supporters was shameful, unpatriotic and above all is unlawful. Read on...

US Capitol violence LIVE: Trump rallied supporters at ‘Save America March’

US Capitol violence LIVE updates: Billionaire investor Bill Ackman calls for Trump to resign

Oil steady after US Capitol drama; tighter supplies in focus

Oil prices were steady on Thursday after supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, with investors focusing on the likelihood of tighter supplies after Saudi Arabia unilaterally agreed to cut output.
 
Brent crude was up 8 cents at $54.38 a barrel by 0125 GMT, after gaining 1.3% overnight. U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) gained 11 cents to $50.74, having slipped earlier in the Asian session. The contract rose 1.4% on Wednesday.
 
Saudi Arabia, the world's biggest oil exporter, said it would voluntarily cut one million barrels per day (bpd) of output in February and March, after OPEC+, which groups the Organization of the Petroleum Exporting Countries and other producers, including Russia, met earlier this week.
 
"WTI crude seems poised to rise higher as the Biden administration will clamp down on U.S. crude production, the Saudis tentatively alleviated oversupply concerns with their 1-million bpd cut present, and as the dollar's days seem numbered," said Edward Moya, senior market analyst at OANDA.

George W Bush: This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic—not our democratic republic


Corporate group urges officials consider Trump's removal 'to preserve democracy'

The head of a major US business group that represents 14,000 companies including Exxon Mobil Corp, Pfizer Inc and Toyota Motor Corp urged senior US officials to consider removing President Donald Trump from office after supporters of the outgoing president stormed the US Capitol.
 
National Association of Manufacturers Chief Executive Jay Timmons said Trump "incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy. ... Vice President (Mike) Pence, who was evacuated from the Capitol, should seriously consider working with the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to preserve democracy."
 
Trump has 14 days remaining in office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20.
 
The mayhem at the Capitol forced Congress to temporarily postpone a session to certify Biden's victory.

Today is a reminder, a painful one, that democracy is fragile: Joe Biden

Facebook, YouTube remove Trump's video on US elections after Capitol attack

Facebook and YouTube have removed a video of President Donald Trump in which he repeated unfounded claims that the election was stolen from him after his supporters stormed the US Capitol.
 
In the video, Trump also said that he loved his supporters.
 
I know your pain. I know you're hurt. We had an election that was stolen from us. It was a landslide election, and everyone knows it--especially the other side. But you have to go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order, Trump said in his video that lasted for less than a minute. Read on...

US Capitol violence LIVE updates: Stephanie Grisham, Chief of Staff for US First Lady Melania Trump, resigns

In wake of violent protests at US Capitol, Stephanie Grisham, Chief of Staff for US First Lady Melania Trump, resigns.

US Capitol siege LIVE: World leaders express shock at storming of US Capitol

Leaders around the world condemned the storming of the US Capitol by supporters of President Donald Trump on Wednesday, expressing shock at the chaos unfolding in a country they once relied upon for global leadership.
 
“Disgraceful scenes in US Congress," tweeted Prime Minister Boris Johnson of Britain, a staunch ally of the United States over generations. “The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power.”

 
Other allies were similarly appalled at what they described as an attack on American democracy, though some said they believed U.S. democratic institutions would withstand the turmoil. A number of leaders singled out Trump for harsh criticism.
 
“Trump and his supporters should finally accept the decision of the American voters and stop trampling on democracy,” German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas wrote on Twitter. "From inflammatory words come violent deeds.” He added that “contempt for democratic institutions has disastrous effects.”
 
“The beauty of democracy?” with a shrug emoji was the reaction tweeted by Bashir Ahmad, a personal assistant to the president of Nigeria, which has seen several coups since independence — including one led decades ago by President Muhammadu Buhari, who most recently entered the office via a vote

America is so much better than what we’re seeing today: Joe Biden

In a nationally televised address, Biden said that the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not reflect the true America. "This is not who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent. It is disorder. It is chaos. It borders on sedition. And it must end. Now, he said." Biden added, "Our way is plain: It is the way of democracy — of lawfulness, and of respect — respect for each other, and for our nation."

Dozens of pro-Trump protesters remain on the streets of DC after curfew

Dozens of pro-Trump protesters remain on the streets of the nations capital in defiance of the curfew imposed after rioters stormed the Capitol.
 
The mostly maskless crowd was forcibly removed from the Capitol on Wednesday after breaking into the building and halting the constitutional process of voting to certify President-elect Joe Bidens win. They were pushed out of the immediate area and moved down the hill, where they taunted law enforcement and moved barricades. Read on...

US Capitol violence: Woman shot during violent protests in US Capitol dies

The woman who was shot during the violent protests at the US Capitol was pronounced dead at an area hospital, a spokesperson with the Metropolitan Police Department confirmed to CNN.
 
"Yes, the adult female that was shot inside of the Capitol was pronounced dead at an area hospital," said spokesperson Dustin Sternbeck with the Metropolitan Police Department. Read on...

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