Major News As Congress Reconvenes, Finalizes Electoral Vote — Pence Announces Winner

Vice President Mike Pence announced that Joe Biden had won the presidency after Congress completed the counting of the Electoral College votes, according to CBS.

Congress had to recess for almost six hours due to the angry mob of Trump’s supporters that stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell had earlier branded “the most important vote I’ve ever cast.”

President Trump had encouraged his supporters to “walk over” to the U.S. Capitol as Congress counted the Electoral College votes.

Mr. Trump has lately been insisting Vice President Mike Pence had the authority to overturn the election results, Pence defied Mr. Trump.

Chaos erupted at the U.S. Capitol a few hours later as an angry mob of rioters waving Trump flags and carrying Trump gear breached the building.

D.C. Police confirmed one woman was shot and killed by police and three people died from medical emergencies. More than 52 people were arrested, with 47 of those arrested for curfew violations.

Biden called on Trump to defuse the situation. Trump addressed his supporters via Twitter and called his supporters “special” but they “need to go home now.”

From CBS:

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Congress reconvened nearly six hours later after leaving the floor, taking up where it had left off in hearing the objection from Senator Ted Cruz and Congressman Paul Gosar to Arizona’s electoral results. The Senate rejected the objection 93-6, and the House rejected it 303-121.

Despite calls from more than a dozen senators who said they would support objections to electoral results in key states, no senators signed onto House members’ objections to the results in Michigan and Nevada.

But Senator Josh Hawley followed through on his promise to object to Pennsylvania’s results. The Senate rejected it 92-7, leaving the House to debate it for two hours before it was rejected after 3 a.m.

Since none of these objections have a majority, they had no chance of succeeding. Even if there was a majority on any of the objections, it would not change the outcome of the election. Mr. Biden will be sworn in on January 20.

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