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US riots LIVE updates: Capitol Hill violence condemned as Democrats, Republicans unite against Trump's false claims of election fraud - The Sydney Morning Herald

Summary

  • President-elect Joe Biden has been certified the winner of the 2020 Presidential election by the House and Senate, just hours after a pro-Trump mob stormed the US Capitol.
  • President Donald Trump has released a statement promising an orderly transition of power to Biden, despite disagreeing with the election results. 
  • Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser extended the 6pm-6am curfew for another 15 days, bringing its end date to the day after Biden's inauguration on January 20. 
  • The woman shot and killed in the Capitol riots has been identified as a US Air Force veteran. Three other people died in what police called "medical emergencies".
  • Trump was banned from Facebook and Instagram indefinitely, prompting calls for Twitter to also ban the President. 
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Democrats threaten to impeach Trump if he is not removed immediately

By Latika Bourke

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is joining fellow Democrats in calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office immediately.

She has joined Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate leader, in calling for Trump to be removed using the constitution's 25th amendment.

She said Trump incited sedition and was a "very dangerous person who should not continue in office".

"This is urgent, this an emergency of the highest magnitude."

Pelosi called on the cabinet to immediately improve the security of the United States by removing Trump as President. She said impeachment was also an option if the cabinet did not act.

This sounds like a neat solution but invoking the 25th, which would transfer power to Vice-President Mike Pence, is actually no quick fix, considering Trump has just 13 days left in office.

Read more: How the 25th Amendment could be used to remove Trump from the White House

Pelosi's office was targeted by Trump supporters, one of whom posed for photographs sitting at her desk and stole a personalised envelope from Pelosi's desk as a souvenir.

Richard "Bigo" Barnett, 60, insisted he didn't steal the custom stationery as he left a quarter on the House Speaker's desk.

Read more: Legislators vow investigation over 'embarrassing' Washington security failure

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Republican Senator says no reason to remove Trump 'at this point'

By Latika Bourke

Republican Senator Lindsey Graham, a critic-turned-supporter of Donald Trump's said that President's actions were behind yesterday's violence but did not back calls to remove him from office as Democrats are demanding.

"His actions were the problem not the solution, the rally yesterday was unseemly, it got out of hand and my good friend Rudy Guiliani did not help," Graham said.

Democrats want Vice-President Mike Pence to remove Trump from office under the 25th amendment of the US constitution, even though he has just 13 days left in office.

Some Republican figures agree but Graham said that was not appropriate "at this time."

Trump supporters who overran the Congress sitting in the Senate Chamber.

Trump supporters who overran the Congress sitting in the Senate Chamber.Credit:Getty Images

On the rioting Trump-supporters, Graham said some may be charged with sedition.

"The people sitting in the chairs need to be sitting in a jail cell," Graham said.

Democrats threaten to impeach Trump if he is not removed immediately

By Latika Bourke

Speaker of the US House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi is joining fellow Democrats in calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office immediately.

She has joined Chuck Schumer, the Democratic Senate leader, in calling for Trump to be removed using the constitution's 25th amendment.

She said Trump incited sedition and was a "very dangerous person who should not continue in office".

"This is urgent, this an emergency of the highest magnitude."

Pelosi called on the cabinet to immediately improve the security of the United States by removing Trump as President. She said impeachment was also an option if the cabinet did not act.

This sounds like a neat solution but invoking the 25th, which would transfer power to Vice-President Mike Pence, is actually no quick fix, considering Trump has just 13 days left in office.

Read more: How the 25th Amendment could be used to remove Trump from the White House

Pelosi's office was targeted by Trump supporters, one of whom posed for photographs sitting at her desk and stole a personalised envelope from Pelosi's desk as a souvenir.

Richard "Bigo" Barnett, 60, insisted he didn't steal the custom stationery as he left a quarter on the House Speaker's desk.

Read more: Legislators vow investigation over 'embarrassing' Washington security failure

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Joe Biden says rioters were 'domestic terrorists'

By Latika Bourke

President-elect Joe Biden has launched an attack on the rioters, saying they were not protesters but "domestic terrorists".

"Don't you dare call them protesters, they were a riotous mob, insurrectionists, domestic terrorists," Biden said.

"It's that basic, it's that simple."

He has strongly attacked Donald Trump, saying yesterday's violence was the direct result of the President's actions, his attacks on America's institutions and his false claims that the election was stolen.

He said Trump had tried to use a mob to silence the voices of nearly 160 million Americans.

He said Black Lives Matter protesters would have been treated "very, very differently to the mob of thugs who stormed the Capitol".

"We all know that's true and it's unacceptable, it's unacceptable," he said.

Trump's transport secretary quits cabinet

By Latika Bourke

Elaine Chao is quitting as Transportation Secretary, making her the first cabinet minister to resign in protest at Donald Trump's role in inciting the Capitol siege.

Chao said the "traumatic" and "entirely avoidable" storming of the Capitol building had "deeply troubled me in a way that I simply cannot set aside."

Chao is married to Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell who has released a statement in which he notably does not criticise the President.

McConnell instead laid into the "massive failure of institutions, protocols, and planning" and said the ultimate blame lay with the "unhinged criminals" and "those who incited them."

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, with his wife Elaine Chao on election night in November.

Senate majority leader Mitch McConnell, with his wife Elaine Chao on election night in November.Credit:Bloomberg

He did not single out Trump for inciting the violence as other Republicans and many Democrats have done.

"The ultimate blame for yesterday lies with the unhinged criminals who broke down doors, trampled our nation’s flag, fought with law enforcement, and tried to disrupt our democracy, and with those who incited them," McConnell said.

"But this fact does not and will not preclude our addressing the shocking failures in the Capitol’s security posture and protocols," he said.

Trump's former attorney-general calls for President's removal

By Latika Bourke

More and more Trump supporters are joining the condemnation of his role in inciting Wednesday's siege on the Capitol.

President Donald Trump addresses his supporters at a rally before the riot.

President Donald Trump addresses his supporters at a rally before the riot.Credit:AP

The latest is Trump's former attorney-general William Barr, who described President Donald Trump’s conduct as a "betrayal of his office and supporters".

Barr was one of Trump’s most loyal and ardent defenders in cabinet but he's told The Associated Press that Trump's role in "orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable".

Barr resigned last month amid lingering tension over the President’s baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into Joe Biden’s son.

Rioter who wore employee badge while storming Capitol is fired

By Latika Bourke

Earlier we brought you the statement from the FBI, who are seeking the public's help to identify the rioters from photographs and footage taken during Wednesday's mayhem.

One of the rioters has already been fired from his job at a marketing company after being easily identifiable thanks to the company ID badge he was pictured wearing while storming the Capitol.

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Boris Johnson says Trump was 'completely wrong' to encourage riots

By Bevan Shields

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson has directly linked US President Donald Trump to Wednesday's siege.

In some of the strongest criticism of Trump by an US ally to date, Johnson said Trump was "completely wrong" to encourage his supporters to descend on the building while members of Congress were certifying the November 3 presidential election result.

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, pictured last year at a NATO conference.

Donald Trump and Boris Johnson, pictured last year at a NATO conference.Credit:AP

"Insofar as he encouraged people to storm the Capitol and insofar as the President consistently cast doubt on the outcome of a free and fair election, I think that was completely wrong," Johnson said.

"I think what President Trump has been saying about that is completely wrong and I unreservedly condemn encouraging people to behave in the disgraceful way they did in the Capitol."

Australia's Prime Minister Scott Morrison has criticised the violence but told reporters in Canberra it was not his job to offer a "running commentary" on President Trump.

Read more: Boris Johnson says Donald Trump is to blame for Capitol siege

Some rioters will be charged today

By Latika Bourke

Jeffrey Rosen, the acting Attorney-General, has just released a statement saying some of the rioters will be charged in the coming hours.

Police have come under heavy criticism for allowing the mob of Trump supporters to overtake the Capitol.

Rosen said multiple law enforcement agencies had been working through the night to identify the perpetrators.

Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by Capitol police officers outside the Senate chamber.

Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by Capitol police officers outside the Senate chamber.Credit:AP

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that those responsible for this attack on our government and the rule of law face the full consequences of their actions under the law," Rosen said in a statement.

"Some participants in yesterday’s violence will be charged today, and we will continue to methodically assess evidence, charge crimes and make arrests in the coming days and weeks to ensure that those responsible are held accountable under the law."

Twitter urged to follow Facebook's ban on Trump

By Latika Bourke

Returning to the news that we brought you earlier about Mark Zuckerberg banning Donald Trump from Facebook and Instagram; Twitter is being urged to also ban the President from the social media site.

Democratic Senator Joe Manchin said Twitter's CEO Jack Dorsey needed to act "in the interest of public safety."

Twitter said the President would regain access to his Twitter account after 12 hours but so far Trump has not tweeted, despite that time expiring.

Chuck Schumer says Trump should be removed from office immediately

By Latika Bourke

Chuck Schumer has called on Mike Pence to remove Donald Trump from office "immediately" as the Vice-President is empowered to do under section 25 of the US constitution.

Under the 25th amendment, the Vice-President can immediately assume the powers and duties and become acting president if the majority of cabinet agrees that the President "is unable to discharge the powers and duties" of office.

Senator Chuck Schumer.

Senator Chuck Schumer.Credit:AP

Schumer, the Senate Democratic Leader, said if the Vice-President and cabinet refused to stand up, Congress must be recalled to impeach Trump, whom he said had "incited insurrection".

"This President should not hold office one day longer," Schumer said in a statement.

"The quickest and most effective way – it can be done today – to remove this President from office would be for the Vice-President to immediately invoke the 25th amendment.

"If the Vice-President and the cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president."

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