Vice President Mike Pence restarted the Electoral College recertification of Democrat Joe Biden late on Wednesday night following the violence that broke out at the Capitol that forced the Senate to evacuate.
The violence erupted when rioters stormed the Capitol Building following a rally that was held by President Donald Trump where the president repeatedly made statements seemingly attempting to pressure Pence to stop the certification, falsely suggesting that Pence had the power to unilaterally overturn the election results.
“We condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms,” Pence wrote on Twitter. “We grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls, as well as the injuries suffered by those who defended our Capitol today.”
Today was a dark day in the history of the United States Capitol. But thanks to the swift efforts of U.S. Capitol police, federal, state, and local law enforcement, the violence was quelled. The Capitol is secured, and the