Following Fiery Trump Address, Mob Overruns US Capitol; Some Lawmakers Shelter In Place, Others Flee; A Woman Is Shot/Killed; When Order Restored Senate/House Complete Electoral Vote Count; Multiple Repub Senate/House Members Drop Their Previously Signaled Objections, Expectd Now To Confirm Election Of Biden/Harris Cong. Lowenthal calls for impeaching Trump
Cong. Lowenthal calls for impeaching Trump
(January 6, 2021, 7:48 p.m.) -- Following a fiery address this morning (Jan. 6) by President Trump, a large mob overtook the U.S. Capitol, with some entering the US Senate and House Chambers and disrupted the counting of Electoral Votes.
Earlier today, VP Mike Pence defied President Trump and said he (Pence) doesn't have authority to stop counting votes. (Pres. Trump responded by Tweeting that Pence lscked courage.)
Tear gas was fired inside the U.S. Capitol. During chaotic events, a woman was shot and killed (circumstances currently unclear.)
President-elect Biden called what took place at the Capitol not dissent, bordering on sedition. President Trump tweeted a message saying election was stolen but the crowd should disperse since Repubs are party of "law and order." After several hours order was restored and the House and Senate completed the process of counting Electoral Votes with several Republican Senators and House members -- who'd previously said they'd object to some states' Electoral Votes, withdrawing their objections based on today's events. Tthe Senate and House are now expected to confirm the Electoral Votes electing Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as President and VP.
Congressman Alan Lowenthal (D, LB-west OC) issued a written statement calling for President Trump's impeachment: In pertinent part he wrote:
The full force of the law should be brought against anyone who participated in this attempted coup. Everyone who tried to disrupt the democratic process, damaged property, and put lives at risk must be held accountable. That includes President Trump, whose blatant lies motivated the violence, and whose rhetoric encouraged it—even as violence raged. He must be held accountable. Congress must impeach and remove the president immediately. He is an imminent danger to our country, and we cannot allow him to further damage our republic. He cannot be allowed to pardon his allies, to encourage violence, or to further disrupt the peaceful transfer of power. Even one more day in office is a risk we cannot afford..."
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Earlier today, LBREPORT.com invited Cong Lowenthal to do a phoner with us but his press aide, former PT and LBPost.com reporter Keith Higgenbotham, said couldn't be done. Roughly 90 mins later we heard Cong Lowenthal do a phoner with KNX newsradio. During the phoner Lowenthal called today's events an "insurrection."
In response to Cong. Lowenthal's office conduct toward us, LBREPORT.com publisher Bill Pearl said: "We will continue to treat Cong Lowenthal's office fairly no matter how unfairly it treats us and our readers."
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