- A joint session of Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the presidential election hours after violent protesters breached the Capitol.Â
- Lawmakers concluded their count at about 3:45 a.m. ET on Thursday, confirming that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won with 306 Electoral College votes.
- They had been forced out for several hours by a mob of people who breached the Capitol after being stirred up by President Donald Trump.
- He characterized the congressional proceedings as an attempt to rob him of the presidency, a claim that has no evidence to support it and has repeatedly been rejected in court.
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Congress confirmed President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the presidential election early Thursday morning, completing the process despite an attempt by a pro-Trump mob to derail it.
Lawmakers were forced to retreat from the Senate chamber in the Capitol on Wednesday as police officers outside were overwhelmed by a crowd stirred up by President Donald Trump.
It took several hours for authorities to regain control of the building, and at least four people died, including a Trump supporter shot dead by the police along with three people who authorities said had experienced medical issues. Eventually, lawmakers returned to the Senate chamber to finish the session.
Lingering objections to the results by some Republicans were overruled, and Congress concluded that Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris won the November 3 election by 306 Electoral College votes to 232.
After the proceedings, and facing furious criticism for his role provoking the attack on the Capitol, Trump made a statement pledging an “orderly transition of power” when Biden and Harris take office on January 20.
Congress’ role in certifying the results of US elections is usually just a formality.
But Trump and his allies before Wednesday had continually made the baseless assertion that the election results were invalid, advancing wild and false theories about how they might be overturned. At a rally earlier Wednesday, Trump urged his supporters to descend on the Capitol.
What followed was a burst of mob violence at the heart of government never before seen in modern US history.Â