Pelosi, Sen. Graham to speak after Electoral College certification

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February 07 2021 06:00 pm

WASHINGTON D.C. (AP) – Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) gave press conferences this afternoon following the certification of the Electoral College votes and a riot at the Capitol that delayed the vote to the night and early morning hours.

U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) press conference:

This morning, Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden as the presidential election winner, hours after violent protesters loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol. The day after the Capitol was under siege, there were fresh questions — including about the president’s fitness to remain in office and the ability of the police to secure the Capitol complex from a mob.

One Republican lawmaker publicly called for invoking the 25th Amendment to force Trump out. Lawmakers worked through the night to tally the vote after the earlier incursion forced them into hiding. At a huge rally near the White House, the president had urged his supporters to march to Capitol Hill to protest his election defeat.

After the vote, Trump promised an “orderly transition” on Jan. 20.

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