Congress resumed on Wednesday night in a joint session of legislators, during which House and Senate members are to approve the vote in the Electoral College that backed Joe Biden’s victory in the November 3 presidential election last year.
On Wednesday afternoon, congressmen were forced to suspend the session after hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump broke through to the Capitol, demanding the cancellation of the election results, which resulted in the incumbent being defeated by his Democratic rival.
Police evacuated lawmakers and for more than three hours expelled Trump supporters, who broke into congressional halls and rioted the Capitol walls.
One woman, an alleged march in support of Trump, died as a result of the shooting and injury, according to the Washington police. The Federal Bureau of Investigation said its agents also defused two suspected explosive devices.
Police were able to restore order to the Capitol Building at about 5:30 pm US East Coast time. Legislators met again to resume the session at approximately 8:00 pm.
“Those who wreaked havoc on the Capitol today have lost,” Vice President Mike Pence said, opening an earlier interrupted meeting. “Let’s get back to work.” The vice president’s speech drew thunderous applause from legislators.
“We will determine the winner of the 2020 election,” added Mitch McConnell, the Republican leader in the Senate, calling the riot by Trump supporters “a failed uprising.”
During the meeting, lawmakers should discuss an attempt by some of the congressmen who support Trump to challenge the election results in several states. However, according to observers, this attempt is unlikely to be crowned with success.