Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s electoral victory early Thursday morning, hours after a mob of President Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building. Much of the nation was still reeling Thursday, as major questions emerged about the last days of the Trump presidency.
Here are the latest updates:
1:25 p.m. Michelle Obama calls on Facebook to permanently ban Trump: Former First Lady Michelle Obama said that Facebook should permanently ban President Trump from using its services following Wednesday’s attack on the Capitol building. “Now is the time for Silicon Valley companies to stop enabling this monstrous behavior — and go even further than they have already by permanently banning this man from their platforms and putting in place policies to prevent their technology from being used by the nation’s leaders to fuel insurrection,” she said in a statement Thursday. Read the full story from The Chronicle’s Roland Li and Chase DiFeliciantonio here.
12:58 p.m. Trump to spend weekend at Camp David: President Trump will spend perhaps the last weekend getaway of his presidency at Camp David, Business Insider reported. The trip comes amid growing calls — mostly among Democrats — for his removal from office and reports that he has discussed the possibility of pardoning himself.
12:50 p.m. DC Police identify the four people who died in Capitol riot: The Washington DC Police Department Thursday released the names of the four people who died during the riot at the U.S. Capitol. Ashli Babbitt, 35, of San Diego, was shot and killed by police as she attempted to climb through a broken window while inside the Capitol building. Police said the other three people died of “medical emergencies.” None were local to the area. They are identified as: Rosanne Boyland, 34, of Kennesaw, Ga; Kevin Greeson, 55, of Athens, Ala.; Benjamin Phillips, 50, of Ringtown, Pa.
12:50 p.m. California Senator-designate Alex Padilla calls for Trump to be removed from office: U.S. Senator-designate Alex Padilla, Newsom’s pick to fill Vice President-elect Kamala Harris’ seat, called on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from office. “Republicans have one final chance to do the right thing in the waning days of their power. Invoke the 25th Amendment without delay. Remove Trump from office,” Padilla said on Twitter. “Social media platforms have insisted on more accountability for this madman than his own party.”
12:33 p.m. How each California lawmaker voted in the Electoral College count: Among California’s congressional delegation, both of the state’s Democratic senators voted against the objections. Seven Republican representatives voted for them, two voted against them, and two did not vote. All 42 Democratic representatives voted against the objections. Here’s the complete list, compiled by The Chronicle’s Kellie Hwang.
12:29 p.m. Report: Trump discussing self-pardon: President Trump has discussed potentially pardoning himself with White House aides in the waning days of his term, The New York Times reported, citing two people familiar with Trump’s discussions. No president has ever pardoned himself before. Should Trump try it, he would test the outer limits of presidential power.
12:24 a.m. House Sergeant-at-Arms resigns: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she received a resignation notice from the House Sergeant-at-Arms Paul Irving, the chief law enforcement and protocol officer for the House of Representatives. Irving was sworn into the position in 2012.
12 p.m. Report: Biden to pick Boston mayor as labor secretary: President-elect Joe Biden will select Boston Mayor Marty Walsh as his labor secretary, The Associated Press reported. Walsh has been mayor of Boston since 2014 and previously served as a state representative. He is known to have strong ties with unions, and has previously held leadership positions within unions and building trade groups.
11:25 a.m. Former Oakland police officer among mob that stormed Capitol: Ex-Oakland police officer Jurell Snyder was part of a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, according to an interview he gave on KPIX Wednesday evening. Snyder defended the unrest, spouted right-wing conspiracy theories, and suggested that police prodded Trump supporters at the Capitol to violence. According to his LinkedIn, Snyder served at the Oakland Police Department from December 2006 to August 2015.
11:19 a.m. Biden rips Trump over ‘insurrection’ at Capitol: President-elect Joe Biden tore into President Trump at a press conference Thursday, in which he called Wednesday’s riot at the Capitol “one of the darkest days in the history of our nation.” Before introducing Judge Merrick Garland, his attorney general nominee, Biden called the riot an “assault on the rule of law,” and on “one of the most sacred of American undertakings: ratifying the will of the people,” in choose the next president.
11:10 a.m. Pelosi supports impeachment: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said Thursday that she supports the use of the 25th Amendment to declare President Trump unable to hold his office, or impeachment by Congress. She joins a number of Democrats in Congress and one House Republican in doing so. Read the full story here from The Chronicle’s Tal Kopan.
10:45 a.m. Capitol police disabled two pipe bombs in D.C., arrested owner of “suspicious” vehicle: As Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol, police officers responded to reports of two pipe bombs and a suspicious vehicle near Capitol Hill, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Thursday. The pipe bombs were found and disabled in the 300 block of First Street and in the 400 block of Canal Street. Officials determined that both devices were hazardous and could cause great harm to public safety, Sund said. The vehicle was cleared of hazards, and the owner was arrested along with 13 other suspects for unlawful entry of the Capitol building.
10:29 a.m. Transportation Secretary Chao resigns: Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao announced her resignation Thursday, becoming the first Cabinet secretary to leave following the mob takeover of the Capitol building Wednesday. In a letter posted to Twitter, Chao said the events at the Capitol troubled her “in a way I cannot set aside.” A wave of resignations were expected in the coming weeks, triggered by the presidential transition. Chao is married to Sen. Mitch McConnell.
It has been the honor of a lifetime to serve the U.S. Department of Transportation. pic.twitter.com/rFxPsBoh6t
— Sec. Elaine Chao (@SecElaineChao) January 7, 2021
10:28 a.m. Capitol police chief says riots in Congress were unlike anything he has experienced in DC: Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said Thursday in a statement that the violent attacks on the U.S. Capitol was “unlike any I have ever experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington D.C.” Sund said capitol police fended off against Trump supporters on Wednesday who attacked them with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and brandished other weapons against officers. “The USCP had a robust plan established to address anticipated First Amendment activities. But make no mistake — these mass riots were not First Amendment activities; they were criminal riotous behavior,” Sund said.
10:09 a.m. Police officer involved in U.S. Capital shooting placed on leave: A Capitol police officer involved in the deadly shooting of a San Diego woman at the U.S. Capitol Wednesday has been placed on administrative leave and their police powers have been suspended pending an investigation, Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund said in a statement on Thursday. Capitol and Metropolitan police are conducting a “thorough review” of the Wednesday riot.
9:28 a.m. Library of Congress closes in the aftermath of mob attack to protect collections: The Library of Congress announced Thursday on Twitter that its library and other buildings on Capitol Hill will be closed as a safety precaution. Library staff is working with Capitol police to keep facilities and collections secure.
9:17 a.m. Ex-Attorney General William Barr condemns Trump’s inciting of a violent mob: Former Attorney General William Barr, one President Trump’s most ardent supporters while in office, said in a statement to the Associated Press that Trump’s orchestration of a mob to pressure Congress from certifying the election is “inexcusable.” Trump’s conduct as his supporters stormed the Capitol building on Wednesday was a “betrayal of his office and supporters.” Barr resigned last month amid lingering tension over the president’s baseless claims of election fraud and the investigation into Biden’s son Hunter.
8:55 a.m. Senate democratic leader Chuck Schumer calls for President Trump’s immediate removal: Senator Chuck Schumer called for President Trump’s removal from office Thursday after a violent mob of Trump’s supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol the day before. “What happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. 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,” he continued. “If the Vice President and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.”
8:40 a.m. Flight attendant union head calls for Capitol rioters to be banned from flights home: Sara Nelson, the president of the Association of Flight Attendants-CWA that represents workers from 17 airlines, said in a statement late Wednesday that people who were part of the mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol should be banned from boarding flights home. Nelson said the violent actions of rioters on Wednesday pose a further concern for airline crews as outside instigators leave the DC area.
8:20 a.m. Trump’s ban on Facebook, Instagram extended indefinitely: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced Thursday morning that the Facebook and Instagram block placed on President Trump’s accounts will be extended indefinitely and for at least the next two weeks until President-elect Joe Biden is sworn into office. “We believe that the public has a right to the broadest possible access to political speech, even controversial speech. But the current context is now fundamentally different, involving use of our platform to incite violent insurrection against a democratically elected government,” Zuckerberg said Thursday in a Facebook post.
The shocking events of the last 24 hours clearly demonstrate that President Donald Trump intends to use his remaining…
8:10 a.m. First GOP Representative calls for Trump’s removal: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, a Republican from Illinois, tweeted a video message calling on Vice President Mike Pence and cabinet members to invoke the 25th Amendment in order to remove President Trump from office and “ensure a sane captain of the ship,” following the riot at the Capitol Wednesday. “I need to be able to look at myself in the mirror,” Kinzinger said during an MSNBC interview.
It’s with a heavy heart I am calling for the sake of our Democracy that the 25th Amendment be invoked. My statement: pic.twitter.com/yVyQrYcjuD
— Adam Kinzinger (@RepKinzinger) January 7, 2021
6:51 a.m. Michigan state house given all-clear after reports of bomb threat at state Capitol: Michigan’s state house was swept for explosives and given an all-clear by police Thursday morning, shortly after reports of a threat closed the state’s Capitol building. The building still remains closed to the general public because of coronavirus restrictions, a Michigan Radio reporter tweeted.
6:48 a.m. West Virginia delegate recorded himself storming Capitol: Derrick Evans, a newly-elected Republican state delegate from Wayne County, W.Va., took a video of himself and other supporters of President Trump rushing into the U.S. Capitol Wednesday after breaching the security perimeter. Evans deleted the video from his social media, but it was later reposted on Reddit. West Virginia House of Delegates Speaker Roger Hanshaw said Evans will need to “answer to his constituents and colleagues regarding his involvement in what has occurred today.” Evans said in a statement on Facebook later that day that he was heading back to West Virginia and was at the Capitol as “an independent member of the media to film history.”
6:42 a.m. Shirtless rioter in horned helmet identified: Even amid a chaotic mob, the man was hard to miss: shirtless, face-painted and wearing a horned helmet. He was among the more visible rioters who stormed the Capitol building Wednesday — his photograph- splashed across social media feeds. He was identified Thursday as Jake Angeli, a supporter of the QAnon conspiracy theory and a prominent figure at right-wing Arizona political rallies for the past year, The Arizona Republic reported.
6:13 a.m. Chronicle podcast — President Trump’s Mob on 5th & Mission: Chronicle political reporters and editors discuss the chaotic day when an insurrectionist mob stormed the Capitol, and what happens next. Listen here.
6:03 a.m. Ohio congresswoman shows video of ransacked office: Rep. Joyce Beatty, a Democrat from Ohio, tweeted a video of her ransacked office Wednesday, showing papers strewn across the floor and disheveled furniture. She subsequently tweeted the FBI’s definition of terrorism. “Call it what it is,” she said.
— Joyce Beatty (@RepBeatty) January 7, 2021
5:49 a.m. After calling for ‘trial by combat,’ Giuliani calls violence at Capitol ‘shameful’: A day after he called on President Trump’s supporters to settle their disputes over the presidential election by a “trial by combat,” Rudy Giuliani tweeted that the violence at the nation’s Capitol was “shameful” and to be “condemned in the strongest terms.” As Trump’s personal Giuliani has crisscrossed the nation peddling false claims — in public and in court — that the presidential election was fraudulent. He has not presented any credible evidence to back up those claims in court.
5:20 a.m. Michigan state house closed as police investigate ‘threat’: A Michigan state senator tweeted Thursday that that state’s Capitol building in Lansing was closed as police investigate an unspecified threat. Protesters gathered at Michigan’s state house and others in states across the country Wednesday, evidently staged to protests the results of the presidential election. “Without consequences, this will keep happening. This is why it’s so egregious that so many involved in yesterday’s events were simply escorted out of the US Capitol and sent home,” Michigan Sen. Mallory McMorrow tweeted.
5:07 a.m. Trump’s deputy national security adviser resigns: Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger resigned from President Trump’s cabinet Wednesday afternoon, reportedly dismayed by the mob takeover of the Capitol, according to a Bloomberg News reporter. While a wave of resignations is to be expected ahead of the presidential transition, other resignations so far include Melania Trump’s chief of staff, Stephanie Grisham, Rickie Niceta, the White House social secretary and Deputy Press Secretary Sara Matthews. CNBC reported Thursady that Mick Mulvaney — Trump’s former chief of staff and currently a special envoy to Northern Ireland — has also resigned.
4:48 a.m. Kansas congressman tests positive for coronavirus hours after House certification vote: First-term congressman Rep. Jake LaTurner, a Republican from Kansas, tested positive for the coronavirus late Wednesday, not long after he voted to block President-elect Joe Biden’s certification as President. His official Twitter account said LaTurner “took the test as part of Washington DC’s travel guidelines that requires visitors be tested. He is not experiencing any symptoms at this time.” He will also not participate in House floor votes until he’s cleared to do so by medical personnel.
Late Wednesday evening, Congressman Jake LaTurner received a positive test result for COVID-19.
Congressman LaTurner took the test as part of Washington DC’s travel guidelines that requires visitors be tested. He is not experiencing any symptoms at this time.
— Rep. Jake LaTurner (@RepLaTurner) January 7, 2021
4:32 a.m. Rioter who broke into Pelosi’s office gives interview: Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man photographed putting his feet up on a desk in House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office during the mob takeover of the Capitol building Wednesday, told The New York Times he also wrote Pelosi “a nasty note” and took an envelope from her office. The envelope, he said, wasn’t stolen, since he left the speaker a quarter to compensate for it.
4:08 a.m. Twitter to restore Trump’s account Thursday morning: Twitter was preparing to restore President Trump’s account Thursday morning, 12 hours after the company suspended him for posting a string of falsehoods as rioters took over the U.S. Capitol, The Washington Post reported. Temporarily blocking Trump’s account represented the stiffest penalty Twitter has ever levied against Trump, who has used the service to spread falsehoods throughout his presidency.
Updates from Wednesday, Jan. 6:
12:55 a.m. Trump says ‘there will be an orderly transition’: In a statement issued through his aide Dan Scavino on Twitter, President Trump issued a statement: “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
12:40 a.m. Congress certifies President-elect Joe Biden’s win: Congress certified President-elect Joe Biden’s win in an overnight joint session hours after lawmakers had to flee the U.S. Capitol when Trump-supporting rioters breached barricades and overtook the building in a deadly siege that left four people dead. The attack on the Capitol delayed the process to seal Biden’s win.
12:11 a.m. House rejects objection to Pennsylvania vote: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced that with a vote of 282 to 138, the House rejected the objection by GOP lawmakers to Pennsylvania’s vote for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris. The House and Senate are expected to return to a joint session to continue the certification process.
11:56 p.m. Trump deletes tweets that led to locked account: The president deleted the tweets that prompted Twitter to freeze his account, starting “the 12-hour countdown to him being able to post again, Twitter says,” according to Bloomberg technology editor Vlad Savov.
11:50 p.m. Snapchat is latest social media biz to lock Trump’s account: Snapchat said it locked the president’s account on Wednesday after the president incited rioters to storm the Capitol, according to a report in TechCrunch.
11:40 p.m. Trump Administration officials weigh his removal: Some senior administration officials are informally discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office, according a a report in the Washington Post.
10 p.m. White House official resigns: Deputy National Security Adviser Matt Pottinger resigned Wednesday afternoon after Trump supporters took over the U.S. Capitol building, Bloomberg’s White House reporter Jennifer Jacobs tweeted.
9:45 p.m. FBI seeks public’s help in identifying rioters: The FBI is asking the public to help identify rioters who rushed the Capitol building. The agency urged people “to submit information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol.
9:40 p.m. Senate rejects objection to Pennsylvania vote: The Senate held no debate on Missouri GOP Sen. Josh Hawley’s objection to Pennsylvania’s vote for President-elect Joe Biden. Instead, it went straight to a vote. The objection was defeated, 92-7.
9:19 p.m. GOP lawmakers object to Pennsylvania vote: After Republicans’ objection to recognizing President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in Arizona was defeated in both the House and Senate, two GOP lawmakers lodged similar objections to the results in Pennsylvania. GOP Sen. Josh Hawley of Missouri and Republican Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania objected to Pennsylvania’s vote in favor of Biden. Both houses of Congress have begun up to two hours of debate, to be followed by separate votes.
9:03 p.m. San Diego resident shot by Capitol police, D.C. chief confirms: A U.S. Capitol police officer fatally shot San Diego resident Ashli Babbitt, Washington D.C.’s Police Chief Robert J. Contee confirmed at a press conference Wednesday evening. Babbitt was transported to a D.C. hospital, where she died from the gunshot injuries. The U.S. Capitol police, a federal law enforcement agency, is conducting an internal investigation into the circumstances of the fatal shooting, officials said.
8:55 p.m. Trump supporters injured while climbing Capitol scaffolding: First responders treated people rioting at the U.S. Capitol for injuries that included bone fractures and cardiac arrest after some rioters reportedly fell while climbing scaffolding on the West front of the Capitol building, CNN reported.
8:50 p.m. D.C. police chief responds to criticism: Washington D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee said his department had several planning meetings to coordinate with U.S. Capitol police leading up to Wednesday’s siege of the Capitol building. Capitol police called for back-up shortly before 1 p.m. Wednesday afternoon after pro-Trump groups breached the Capitol fence. D.C. police found a “very chaotic scene,” he said, adding, “I am proud of my officers. They fought.”
8:30 p.m. 52 people arrested, pipe bombs, guns found: Police found two pipe bombs and an unknown number of Molotov cocktails in the area around the U.S. Capitol building following Wednesday’s events, Washington D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III said at a press conference Wednesday evening. Police arrested 52 people for offenses that included possession of unlicensed pistols, possession of a prohibited weapon and unlawful entry. The two pipe bombs were found at the Democratic National Committee and the Republican National Committee headquarters, located near the U.S. Capitol building.
8:22 p.m. Four people died in violent takeover of Captiol: Four people died during the pro-Trump riots that turned violent at the Capitol building Wednesday, said Washington D.C. Police Chief Robert J. Contee III. Just one death — that of San Diego resident Ashli Babbitt — had previously been reported. In addition to Babbitt, one woman and two men died on the Capitol grounds. Contee said the three “appeared to have suffered from separate medical emergencies which resulted in their deaths.”
8:10 p.m. YouTube video shows moment woman is shot inside U.S. Capitol: A video posted to YouTube showed the moment Ashli Babbitt was fatally shot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday. Babbitt, a President Trump supporter and San Diego native, was shot as she appeared to climb through a broken window into the Speaker’s Lobby, a corridor directly outside the House Chamber.
7:57 p.m. D.C. Mayor declares public emergency after Trump supporters storm Capitol: Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a 15-day public emergency on Wednesday evening, just hours after a citywide curfew took effect. The public emergency will run until January 21 — one day after the planned inauguration of Joe Biden. Violent protests are expected “through the inauguration,” Bower said.
7:13 p.m. Pro-Trump riots at U.S. Capitol openly planned for weeks: Trump supporters used social media and pro-Trump websites such as TheDonald to galvanize supporters to storm the Capitol building, reported BuzzFeed. TheDonald, a website formed after Reddit removed a forum of the same name, hosted a litany of threats against lawmakers, police, and journalists in the lead-up to Wednesday’s events, the report says.
6:47 p.m. GOP communications director calls day’s events “domestic terrorism”: The Republican Party’s head of communications, Michael Ahrens, called the Capital Hill rioting a “disgrace to the nation” Wednesday evening, condemning it as “domestic terrorism.” Ahrens, a longtime GOP staffer, castigated those who stormed the Capital “in the name of unfounded conspiracy theories.”
6:42 p.m. Democrats and Republicans blast violent pro-Trump mob ahead of vote to certify election of President-elect Joe Biden: A long stream of Congressional lawmakers took the podium Wednesday to condemn the violence that raged through the Capitol Wednesday, and also opine on the state of U.S. democracy. Ahead of the vote to certify Joe Biden’s indisputable win, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, said, “We know that we are in difficult times but little could we have imagined the assault that was made on our democracy today.” Several Republican lawmakers — who planned to vote against the certification in protest of what they wrongfully saw as a fraudulent election — said they changed their minds after Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol. California Republican Rep. Kevin McCarthy said “this Congress will not be the same after today.” Sen. Mitt Romney — whose mask left prominent red marks on his face — said “what happened here today was an insurrection, incited by the President.”
6:22 p.m. Obama condemns calls Capital Hill violence: Former President Barack Obama said Wednesday’s events were “incited by a sitting president who has continued to baselessly lie about the outcome of a lawful election,” calling the takeover of the Capitol a moment of “dishonor and shame” for the nation. In a statement, the former president said he was heartened to see Republican lawmakers condemn the violence. “But we’d be kidding ourselves if we treated it as a total surprise,” he wrote.
6:15 p.m. Social media giants align to block Trump: Instagram chief Adam Mosseri announced the social media platform would block President Trump for 24 hours, following Facebook’s decision to bar the president from its platform.
6:14 p.m. Woman who was fatally shot inside Capitol was from California: The woman shot and killed inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday was identified as a Ashli Babbit, a U.S. Air Force veteran from the San Diego area, according to San Diego TV station KUSI. The station said it spoke with the woman’s husband, who said his wife worked in military security and was a strong supporter of President Trump. An investigation into her death continues.
6:08 p.m. Two aides to First Lady resign: Melania Trump’s chief of staff Stephanie Grisham and social secretary Rickie Niceta resigned Wednesday evening after violent protests in the Capital. Grisham was a longtime Trump aide who began working for the president and first lady in 2015.
5:52 p.m. Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler, who lost seat in Tuesday’s runoff election, said Capitol Hill mob made her change mind about opposing Electoral College vote: Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler said that she initially planned to object to the certification of the presidential election results, but the violent, unhinged mob of Trump supporters that thrashed through the Capitol Wednesday changed her mind. Loeffler, an ardent Trump supporter who lost her seat to Rev. Raphael Warnock in Tuesday’s Georgia runoff election, said there is “no excuse” for the events that transpired Wednesday and that the Republican party must restore American’s trust in the democratic system. However, in her short remarks, she still flung baseless claims of voter fraud in the Nov. 7 presidential election.
5:43 p.m. Trump’s cabinet secretaries reportedly discussing his removal, according to CBS News: CBS News correspondent Margaret Brennan says the presidents cabinet secretaries are discussing invoking the 25th Amendment to remove Trump. “This is not news we deliver lightly.”
5:30 p.m. Facebook blocks President Trump from posting for 24 hours: Following Twitter’s decision to suspend President Trump’s account for 12 hours Wednesday, Facebook said it would suspend his ability to post for 24 hours, according to the New York Times. A Facebook spokesperson told the New York Times that it made the decision after it “assessed two policy violations against President Trump’s Page.” The uncharacteristically decisive moves from the social media giants come after years of allowing the president to rampantly spread lies and incite violence on their platforms.
5:14 p.m. McConnell says Biden will be certified: Sen. Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said as Congress reconvened: “We will finish what we started… we will certify the winner of the 2020 presidential election. Criminal behavior will never dominate the United States Congress.”
5:10 p.m. Vice President Mike Pence addresses lawmakers as they reconvene to certify Electoral College votes. Hours after an unhinged, angry and violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol and halted the Electoral College vote, lawmakers reconvened Wednesday. Vice President Mike Pence addressed the chamber and said “those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins, and this is still the people’s house. As we reconvene in this Chamber, the world will again witness the resilience and the strength in out democracy. … Let’s get back to work.”
4:59 p.m. Canada’s prime minister says Canadians ‘deeply disturbed’ by Capitol attack: Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tweeted: “Canadians are deeply disturbed and saddened by the attack on democracy in the United States, our closest ally and neighbour. Violence will never succeed in overruling the will of the people. Democracy in the US must be upheld – and it will be.”
4:24 p.m. Twitter locks President Trump’s twitter account for 12 hours: In an unprecedented and uncharacteristically decisive move when it comes to addressing disinformation on its platform, Twitter locked President Trump out of his account account for 12 hours Wednesday. The move comes after years of allowing the president to spread falsehoods to his millions of followers without repercussion. The social media giant locked the president’s account following a video and several tweets that supported and emboldened a violent mob that stormed Capitol Hill Wednesday. Twitter said that it deleted three of Trump’s tweets due to “repeated and severe violations of our Civic Integrity policy.” Twitter added that “future violations of the Twitter Rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account.”
This means that the account of @realDonaldTrump will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of these Tweets. If the Tweets are not removed, the account will remain locked.
— Twitter Safety (@TwitterSafety) January 7, 2021
4:21 p.m. Electoral College certificates marched back to Senate chamber: A Washington Post reporter captured images of the Electoral College certificates being marched back to the Senate chamber. Congress plans to resume certifying the election of President-elect Joe Biden Wednesday night.
The electoral college certificates – ratifying Biden’s win – are being marched back to the Senate chamber. pic.twitter.com/uNte4GcF3S
— Paul Kane (@pkcapitol) January 7, 2021
4:14 p.m. Pelosi says election certification will resume tonight: House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said in a letter to colleagues that Congress would resume its work tonight to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. Pelosi said she reached this decision after consulting with Vice President Mike Pence and the Pentagon and Justice Department. “Today, a shameful assault was made on our democracy,” Pelosi wrote. “It was anointed at the highest level of government. It cannot, however, deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden.” Pelosi said they would proceed once the Capitol building is cleared for their use. The Capitol was secured by police and SWAT teams earlier, though a mob of thousands of protesters remained outside. Pelosi said she hoped the violence would “provide an epiphany for our country to heal.”
4:05 p.m. D.C. police arrest 13 after violent mob storms capitol: Washington D.C. police have so far arrested 13 rioters who stormed the Capitol Wednesday, according to a reporter for the news website Newsy. Three people were from Arlington, Va. but all others arrested were from outside the D.C. area. According to the D.C. police chief, firearms were recovered from some of those arrested.
3:58 p.m. Facebook and Twitter remove some Trump posts: The social media giants, which have long had a sputtering response to the avalanche of misinformation on its platforms, removed a video and several posts by President Trump Wednesday. The action came as a violent mob, emboldened by the president, stormed the Capitol and halted the certification of Electoral College votes. Guy Rosen, Facebook’s vice president of integrity, tweeted that the company removed Trump’s video addressing the mob Wednesday because “on balance we believe it contributes to rather than diminishes the risk of ongoing violence.” Meanwhile, twitter took an unprecedented step Wednesday by removing three tweets by Trump, including ones that praised the Capitol rioters and called Vice President Mike Pence a traitor. The president’s account remains active, however, as Twitter by policy errs on the side of leaving tweets by world leaders up.
3:37 p.m. Here’s why Twitter won’t delete President Trump’s account: As a mob inflamed by a speech delivered Wednesday by President Trump and posted on his Twitter account stormed the U.S. Capitol, some on the social media service were asking why Trump’s account had not been suspended. Twitter specifically exempts the leaders of countries from its anti-violence policy. Company leaders have argued that the World Leaders Policy allows people to see what important political figures say, and that censoring them would take away from political discourse. Read the full story from The Chronicle’s Annie Vainshtein here.
3:33 p.m. California lawmakers flee, hunker down as chaos overtakes Capitol: As rioters seeking to install President Trump in a second term contrary to November’s election results breached the Capitol building, California’s lawmakers were spread throughout the complex. They were told to draw the curtains and stay away from the windows. They were urged to remove the lapel pins that identify them as members of Congress. They could hear unidentified explosions and the din of a mob outside. Read the full story from The Chronicle’s Tal Kopan here.
3:04 p.m. Founders of Black Lives Matter movement note glaring inconsistency in law enforcement response: The police response to the angry and violent mob of Trump supporters that stormed the Capitol Wednesday has so far been less aggressive than the military-like tactics unleashed on Black Lives Matter protesters this summer. Founders of the Black Lives Matter movement noted this incongruence in a series of tweets Wednesday, saying “when Black people protest for our lives, we are met by National Guard troops or police equipped with assault rifles, tear gas and battle helmets. When white people attempt a coup, they are met by an underwhelming number of law enforcement personnel who act powerless to intervene. Make no mistake, if the protesters were Black, we would have been tear gassed, battered, and perhaps shot.”
Today’s insurrection and coup by hundreds of pro-Trump supporters is one more example of the hypocrisy in our country’s law enforcement response to protest.
— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) January 6, 2021
3 p.m. GOP state Senate leader falsely blames ANTIFA for Capitol mob: State Sen. Shannon Grove, the GOP leader in the California Senate, tweeted, and then later deleted a link to a conspiracy theory that members of ANTIFA, the anti-fascist movement, had stormed the U.S. Capitol, not rioters supporting President Trump. “Patriots don’t act like this,” Grove tweeted initially. “This was Antifa.” Grove, a Republican from Bakersfield, deleted that tweet and later posted a revised version. “This behavior is unacceptable and unAmerican,” she wrote.
2:57 p.m. Capitol building is secure: The Sergeant at Arms of the United States House of Representatives announced that the Capitol building is secure just after 2:30 p.m. PST, several hours after a pro-Trump mob stormed the building, Huffington Post reporter Matt Fuller tweeted. But large crowds still remained on Capitol grounds, with about 30 minutes to go before a city-wide curfew.
2:53 p.m. Report: Person shot in U.S. Capitol dies: The person who was shot inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday has died, an NBC reporter in D.C. tweeted, citing law enforcement sources. It’s not yet clear who opened fire.
2:36 p.m. Rep. Jackie Speier says she’s safe: Rep. Jackie Speier, D-San Mateo, tweeted that “we are in a safe place” and that she will have “lots more to say about this. We are not a 3rd world country but you couldn’t tell that today.”
We are in a safe place. I will have lots more to say about this. We are not a 3rd world country but you couldn’t tell that todaytoday.
— Jackie Speier (@RepSpeier) January 6, 2021
2:25 p.m. Rioters used ‘chemical irritants’ on DC police: As a mob of Trump supporters fought their way into the Capitol, they sprayed police officers with chemicals, according to District of Columbia Police Chief Robert J. Contee III. “It was clear that the crowd was intent on causing harm to our officers by deploying chemical irritants on police to force entry into the U.S. Capitol building,” Contee said during a news conference. Videos on social media also show rioters spraying police or throwing smoking canisters.
2:13 p.m. Electoral College ballots reported safe: The Electoral College votes that were supposed to be counted before Congress on Wednesday were saved after pro-Trump extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol, Sen. Jeff Merkley, Democrat of Oregon, tweeted. “If our capable floor staff hadn’t grabbed them, they would have been burned by the mob,” Merkley said.
Electoral college ballots rescued from the Senate floor. If our capable floor staff hadn’t grabbed them, they would have been burned by the mob. pic.twitter.com/2JCauUIlvg
— Senator Jeff Merkley (@SenJeffMerkley) January 6, 2021
1:50 p.m. Rep. Ilhan Omar says she’s drafting articles of impeachment for President Trump: As Trump refuses to condemn a violent mob of supporters who thrashed their way into the Capitol, Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar said in a tweet that she is “drawing up” Articles of Impeachment. “We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath,” she said on Twitter.
1:39 p.m. Jon Ossoff is winner of Georgia runoff, guaranteeing Democratic control of Senate: Jon Ossoff beats incumbent David Perdue in the Georgia runoff, a win that now means Democrats control both the House and Senate. Ossoff’s victory comes as a mob of Trump supporters storm the Capitol, and the president refuses to condemn the violence or acknowledge that he lost the presidential election. It also comes after Rev. Raphael Warnock also defeated Senator Kelly Loeffler, and became the first Black Democrat elected to the Senate from the South.
1:35 p.m. Newsom condemns ‘outright assault’ on Democracy: Gov. Gavin Newsom released a statement calling the violent mob in Washington “a reprehensible and an outright assault to our democracy and Democratic institutions.” The governor canceled his coronavirus news conference scheduled for 2 p.m., a move his office said was to ensure the safety of his staff. Newsom said he is also worried about the safety of California’s congressional delegation. “President Trump must call for an end to this escalating situation, acknowledge the will of the people to bring President-Elect Biden to the White House and move immediately to a peaceful transition of power,” he said in the statement. At the California Capitol, a few hundred Trump supporters and counter protesters gathered Wednesday. They did not break police lines and were relatively peaceful.
1:30 p.m. Twitter restricts Trump tweet due to ‘risk of violence’: Nobody can reply to, like, or retweet the video message that President Donald Trump tweeted Wednesday amid violent riots at the Capitol. During the message, Trump told rioters to go home while simultaneously inciting falsely that the election was fraudulent. “This claim of election fraud is disputed, and this Tweet can’t be replied to, Retweeted or liked due to a risk of violence,” read a message attached to the video.
1:29 p.m. President Trump tells protesters to ‘go home,’ and repeats lie about voter fraud in an election he lost: Hours after a mob of Trump voters stormed the Capitol, President Trump tweeted a video telling protesters to “go home, we love you, you are very special.” He refused to say that he lost the election or condemn the violence. Instead he said that he understands the “pain” and “hurt” of the people rioting in Washington D.C. “We had an election that was stolen from us,” he said, falsely. “But we can’t play into the hands of these people. We have to have peace. So go home.”
1:24 p.m. S.F. mayor calls Capitol riots an ‘attempted coup’: San Francisco Mayor London Breed tweeted that the riots at the Capitol building were ‘an attempted coup encouraged by the President of the United States. It’s a dark day for our democracy, and the culmination of all of his anti-democratic words and actions from his campaign through his presidency,” she said.
This is an attempted coup encouraged by the President of the United States. It’s a dark day for our democracy, and the culmination of all of his anti-democratic words and actions from his campaign through his presidency.
We are better than this.
— London Breed (@LondonBreed) January 6, 2021
1:14 p.m. Biden says Capitol Hill riot ‘borders on sedition’: As a mob of Trump supporters storm the Capitol, President-elect Biden addressed the nation and condemns the violence. “The scenes do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremist dedicated to lawlessness.” He added that the actions at the Capitol Wednesday “borders on sedition. And it must end now.” He ended his speech by directly addressing the president: “President Trump, step up.”
1:13 p.m. Biden tells Trump to ‘defend the Constitution’: President-elect Joe Biden said in a nationally televised address that President Trump needed to “go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege.”
1:10 p.m. House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy says violent mobs are ‘un-American.’ In an interview with CBS News, House Minority Leader Rep. Kevin McCarthy said he “completely condemns” the violence in the capitol. “This is not what our country should look like. This is not who we are,” he added. McCarthy said he has spoken to the president and has asked him to talk to the nation and his supporters, and “tell them to stop this.”
1:04 p.m. ‘Stop the Steal’ supporters rally at Idaho Statehouse: Hundreds of pro-Trump protesters gathered at the Idaho state Capital building in Boise on Wednesday, a rally that was meant to coincide with the protests that turned violent in Washington D.C., an Idaho CBS station reported. The protesters watched video of President Trump making false allegations of voter fraud and waved Trump flags and “Stop the Steal” banners, but did not enter the locked statehouse.
1:04 p.m. San Jose mayor calls for sedition charge against Trump amid Capitol riot: San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo, a former federal prosecutor, called on President Donald Trump to be charged with sedition following riots that breached the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.
1:00 p.m. Pelosi and Schumer release statement: “House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-San Francisco, and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., released a joint statement calling on Trump to do more: “We are calling on President Trump to demand that all protesters leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately,” they said.
12:59 p.m. Explosive device found near scene of Capitol riots: An improvised explosive device was found Wednesday afternoon near the scene of the riots at the U.S. Capitol, NBC reported. The device is in the “hands of law enforcement.”
12:53 p.m. ‘Multiple officers injured’ during chaos at U.S. Capitol, CNN reports: Several police officers have been injured during the riots at the U.S. Capitol, CNN reported, with at least one police officer being taken to the hospital.
12:52 p.m. Person shot during DC riot in critical condition: MSNBC reported that a person was being transported to a Washington, DC hospital after being shot during the riot at the Capitol Wednesday. The person was listed in critical condition. Few other details were available. Five others were also being transported to hospitals after suffering injuries during the riot.
12:48 p.m. Pro-Trump supporters rally at Michigan statehouse: Hundreds of protesters, many without masks, marched on the Michigan Capitol in Lansing on Wednesday, holding Trump flags and “Stop the Steal” signs, reported WWMT news. The protesters gathered on the statehouse lawn and steps, but did not enter the building. The demonstration was one of several similar demonstrations erupting at state houses across the country, including in Georgia and California.
12:42 p.m. Pence urges rioters to leave: Going farther than President Trump, Vice President Mike Pence urged the mob at the Capitol to leave the building. “The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building.”
12:40 p.m. Protesters kept outside California Capitol: At the California Capitol, several hundred Trump supporters and counter protesters gathered, though none appeared to have breached police lines. Videos on social media showed members of the Proud Boys and other Trump supporters dancing and chanting in the streets of downtown Sacramento. The state Capitol complex is closed to the public, and staffers were directed to work from home Wednesday in anticipation of unrest.
12:42 p.m. Former KKK leader enters Georgia Statehouse: A former leader of Georgia’s KKK was escorted out of the Georgia state Capital building Wednesday afternoon. Chester Doles, who spent decades in the KKK and once chaired the white supremacist hate group, reportedly entered the capital building in Atlanta to confront Georgia Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger, according to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Doles posed for a photo with Sen. Kelly Loeffler during her campaign last month, but Loeffler later said she didn’t know who he was.
12:41 p.m. Virginia National guard deployed to D.C.: Members of the Virginia National Guard, along with about 200 Virginia state troopers, have been deployed to Washington D.C., in response to the riots at the U.S. Capitol, Gov. Ralph Northam tweeted.
12:40 p.m. Trump orders National Guard in: According to press secretary Kayleigh McEnany, President Trump has ordered the National Guard to support law enforcement at the Capitol.
12:35 p.m. Former Republican staffer tweets about 25th Amendment: Longtime former GOP staffer Doug Heye tweeted this afternoon that he would support the use of the 25th Amendment to immediately remove President Trump from his office.
12:36 p.m. Pelosi’s office breached: Pictures from the U.S. Capitol taken by Getty Images photojournalists show members of a pro-Trump mob inside of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s office in the U.S. Capitol. Pelosi’s daughter, Christine Pelosi, said her mother is safe.
12:35 p.m. D.C. National Guard activated: Washington Post reporter Dan Lamothe tweets: “The entire D.C. National Guard will be activated today, putting about 1,100 guardsmen on duty tonight, defense official tells me. Comes after breach of Capitol by pro-Trump protesters.”
12:35 p.m. Republican Congressman denounces riots at Capital ‘coup attempt’: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, an Illinois Republican who represents the Chicago suburbs, condemned President Trump and the ongoing violence in the Capital building. “This is a coup attempt,” Kinzinger posted on Twitter Wednesday afternoon.
12:25 Trump supporters occupy Kansas statehouse: Pro-Trump protesters entered the first floor of the Kansas Statehouse in Topeka on Wednesday afternoon. The protesters gathered in the capital rotunda and remained peaceful, reported KSNT News.
12:20 p.m. Trump tweets: President Trump issued a slightly stronger tweet urging peace at the Capitol: “I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order — respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!” Trump tweeted.
I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) January 6, 2021
12:19 p.m. D.C. Mayor issues curfew after Trump supporters storm Capital: Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a citywide curfew Wednesday after President Trump’s supporters descended on the U.S. Capital. The city’s residents are prohibited from walking, driving or biking on public streets and other public spaces after the curfew takes effect at 6 p.m.
12:18 p.m. Armed guard protected Senate leaders: Washington Post reporter Paul Kane sent the following report about the moment the Senate was recessed to the Hill press pool: “I was on the third floor and ordered into one of the VIP suites in the gallery above as the Senate Sergeant-at-Arms staff locked the door behind me, before I climbed over the rails and into the usual press location. Probably 200 total people were inside, and an officer with an orange POLICE badge across his chest appeared on the floor with what appeared to be a semi-automatic weapon, standing between Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) and Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.).”
12:15 p.m. Calm scene at the White House: The scene at the White House is busy but calm, the press pool reports. It appears that President Trump is in the Oval Office.
12:12 p.m. Former Trump spokesperson calls on Trump to do more: President Trump’s former spokesperson, Alyssa Farah, tweeted: “Condemn this now, @realDonaldTrump — you are the only one they will listen to. For our country!”
12:11 Tear gas in Capital rotunda, congressman told to don gas mask: Members of Congress have been instructed to put on gas masks after protesters entered the Capital building in Washington, according to Rep. Peter Welch, a Democrat from Vermont. “We were told to wear gas masks that are under our seats,” Welch said in a video.
12:09 p.m. McCarthy calls for stop to mob: On Fox News, House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Bakersfield, said the violence at the Capitol was un-American and “must stop now,” according to CNN’s Oliver Darcy.
12:06 p.m. Trump’s former chief of staff calls on president to do more to quell violence: Mick Mulvaney, President Trump’s last chief of staff and a former member of the House, called on Trump to do more: “The President’s tweet is not enough. He can stop this now and needs to do exactly that. Tell these folks to go home,” Mulvaney tweeted.
12:05 p.m. Homeland Security sending reinforcements: Buzzfeed reporter Hamed Aleaziz reports that the Department of Homeland Security is sending law enforcement to the Capitol.
NEW: DHS spox says “Federal Protective Service and Secret Service have been requested to provide assistance to Capitol Hill Police. They are fulfilling that request.”
— Hamed Aleaziz (@Haleaziz) January 6, 2021
12:04 p.m.: Christine Pelosi, the daughter of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, tweets that her mother is safe. The younger Pelosi did not provide more details on the speaker’s whereabouts. “National Guard has been formally requested to the Capitol … dept of Defense MUST immediately OK this and clear out the rioters,” Christine Pelosi tweeted.
12:01 p.m. Rep. Thompson tweets he is safe: Rep. Mike Thompson, D-St. Helena, tweeted, “I am currently sheltering in place in the Capitol at a secure location. I will give more updates. This is a very sad day for democracy.”
11:59 a.m. Crowds mass outside Capitol: In addition to the chaos unfolding inside the building, angry crowds are stilled massed outside the Capitol. Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic reports that some have scaled scaffolding to attempt to access windows on the second floor.
Several people got on to a scaffolding outside Senate, took it to second floor, which looked like the area where McConnell’s office is located, and started banging on windows pic.twitter.com/IIZ21nkzFT
— Igor Bobic (@igorbobic) January 6, 2021
11:57 a.m. Reporters have been evacuated from House: Reporters who were in the House chamber have been evacuated to safety, they say.
11:55 a.m. Republicans urge calm: One of the ring-leaders of the objection to election results, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, tweeted that “violence is always unacceptable” and called for prosecution of anyone involved in it.
Violence is always unacceptable. Even when passions run high.
Anyone engaged in violence—especially against law enforcement—should be fully prosecuted.
God bless the Capitol Police and the honorable men & women of law enforcement who show great courage keeping all of us safe.
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) January 6, 2021
11:53 a.m. House lawmakers being evacuated: The pool reporter inside the House says that lawmakers are being evacuated through the third floor of the Capitol. The House chamber is on the second floor.
11:52 a.m. Trump supporters breach the Senate: Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic tweeted a picture of a member of the mob holding the dais on the Senate floor.
11:49 a.m. Trump tweets: President Trump, who egged on the protesters who besieged the Capitol on Wednesday, tweeted shortly before noon PST, “Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
11:46 a.m. Trump supporters attempting to breach House floor: According to reporters inside the U.S. Capitol, a Trump supporting mob that has breached the perimeter of the Capitol and made its way into the building are attempting to breach the doors of the House. Lawmakers have been told to shelter in place and have their gas masks at hand as tear gas has been deployed in hallways.