4 DEAD, 52 ARRESTED AS TRUMP MOB STORMS CONGRESS: Four people, including one woman who was shot by police, are dead after pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, police say. Two pipe bombs were found outside the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee, according to police. Sen. Mitt Romney, R-Utah, reportedly called the chaos engulfing the U.S. Capitol an “insurrection” and laid the blame on President Donald Trump. Congress certified the election at about 3:30 a.m. Thursday, cementing Joe Biden’s win as president. Lawmakers had reconvened hours after a mob of President Donald Trump supporters stormed into the Capitol.
RICHARD BURR FINALLY SPEAKS THE TRUTH: U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Republican from North Carolina, pointed the finger at the president Wednesday after Congress was forced into hiding and the planned certification of Electoral College votes delayed by an angry mob that forced its way into the U.S. Capitol. Burr, who has said he would agree to certify the election of Joe Biden as president, said in a statement: “Let me be clear: these actions are not a defense of this country, but an attack on it. I supported President Trump’s legal right to contest the election results through the courts, but the courts have now unanimously and overwhelmingly rejected these suits. No evidence of voter fraud has emerged that would warrant overturning the 2020 election. The President bears responsibility for today’s events by promoting the unfounded conspiracy theories that have led to this point. It is past time to accept the will of American voters and to allow our nation to move forward."
EVEN AFTER TRUMP MOB VIOLENCE, 7 NC REPUBLICANS STICK WITH HIM ON PENNSYLVANIA OBJECTION: Congress certified Joe Biden’s victory in the 2020 presidential election early Thursday, concluding its count hours after a pro-Donald Trump mob breached the Capitol, forcing the evacuation of elected officials and leaving four dead. When the chambers reconvened Wednesday evening, each held a vote on the objections to Arizona’s results. The Senate rejected the objections 93-6, while the House opposed them 303-121. Five members of North Carolina’s delegation voted to support the objection. For Pennsylvania, however, there were objections from a representative and a senator, leading to a vote in the Senate and another debate in the House. The House, voting at 3 a.m., rejected the objections 282-138. Seven members of North Carolina’s delegation voted to support the objection. (Rep. Dan Bishop (R), Rep. Ted Budd (R), Rep. Madison Cawthorn (R), Rep. Virginia Foxx (R), Rep. Richard Hudson (R), Rep. Greg Murphy (R), Rep. David Rouzer (R))
TRUMP AIDES ARE "DISCUSSING" THE 25TH AMENDMENT AFTER MOB ATTACK: A deep, simmering unease coursed through the administration over the president’s refusal to accept his election loss and his role in inciting a mob to storm the Capitol, disrupting the peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Joe Biden. One administration official described Trump’s behavior Wednesday as that of “a total monster,” while another said the situation was “insane” and “beyond the pale.” Fearful that Trump could take actions resulting in further violence and death if he remains in office even for a few days, senior administration officials were discussing Wednesday night whether the Cabinet might invoke the 25th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution to force him out, said a person involved in the conversations. A former senior administration official briefed on the talks confirmed that preliminary discussions of the 25th Amendment were underway, although this person cautioned that they were informal and that there was no indication of an immediate plan of action. Both of these people, like some others interviewed for this story, spoke on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitive nature of the matter. Under the 25th Amendment, the president can be removed from office by the vice president plus a majority of the Cabinet, or by the vice president and a body established by Congress, if they determine he “is unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office.”
CAPITOL POLICE CATCHING HELL FOR NOT BEING PREPARED: It took more than two hours, and reinforcements from other law enforcement agencies, before order was restored. One woman who appeared to have wrapped herself in a flag was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer, according to Robert Contee, chief of the city’s Metropolitan Police Department, which was called in for backup. Another woman and two men died during the events because of as yet unspecified medical emergencies, he said. The criticism of the Capitol Police was swift and, in some quarters, unforgiving. Some law enforcement experts were astonished by the sight of an officer cowering in the crush of pro-Trump extremists and rioters using police shields and metal barricades as battering rams. And protesters on the left saw a stark double standard, saying they had been hit with rubber bullets, manhandled, surrounded and arrested while behaving peacefully during demonstrations against racial injustice over the summer. The Capitol Police did not answer the phone or email, or put out any statements about the incident. Members of Congress demanded explanations as well. “We must investigate the security breach at the Capitol today,” said Representative Maxine Waters, a California Democrat, on Twitter. “I warned our Caucus and had an hour-long conversation with the Chief of Police 4 days ago. He assured me the terrorists would not be allowed on the plaza & Capitol secured.”