The U.S. Capitol was breached by supporters of President Donald Trump Wednesday morning as Congress met to certify the results of the 2020 presidential election, which was heavily contested by Trump with false claims of voter fraud.
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“It is my considered judgment that my oath…constrained me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not,” Pence said.
“We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids,” Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said. “The voters, the courts and the states have all spoken. They’ve all spoken. If we overrule them, it will damage our republic forever.”
Several Republican politicians, including Josh Hawley, Jim Jordan and Ted Cruz, voiced their support of delaying the election certification, giving credence to Trump’s unfounded claims of voter fraud. Shortly after Pence gaveled the Wednesday session into order, Republicans issued objections to certifying Arizona’s electoral votes. The joint session then ended, with the Senate withdrawing.