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this is bbc news. i'm sally bundock with the latest headlines for viewers in the uk and around the world. democracy unbowed — after a day of chaos on capitol hill, america's lawmakers get back to work. to those who wreaked havoc in our capital today, you did not win. violence never wins. freedom wins. and this is still the people's house. we will not be put out of this chamber by thugs, mobs, or threats. this president bears a great deal of the blame. this mob was, in good part,
president trump's doing. business was suspended and the building evacuated after supporters of donald trump stormed congress. they were trying to stop the confirmation ofjoe biden‘s election victory. one person was shot. police confirm she's now died. the president—elect condemned the scenes in washington, saying they were unacceptable and un—american. this is not dissent. it's disorder. it's chaos. it borders on sedition. this is the scene live in washington, where lawmakers continue the counting of the electoral votes.
hello and welcome. a joint session of the us congress has reconvened after protestors stormed the capitol hill building earlier in the day. the process of counting of the electoral college votes, confirming joe biden as the next president, is expected to be completed soon. at least one senator, kelly loeffler of georgia, has rescinded her objection to the certification of presidential electors. she was one of two republicans at the centre of a dramatic night before, when her party lost two senate seats in georgia, and with it contro of the senate. on wednesday, hundreds of trump supporters stormed congress, breaking into the senate chamber and the office of the house speaker. one woman was shot as they
stormed the building and later died. three others died from medical emergencies. two pipe bombs were found. 52 arrests were made. all this after president trump addressed his supporters near the white house, repeating his claims that he'd won the presidency by a landslide, that the election had been stolen by fraud and telling them to march on capitol hill. twitter has now locked mr trump out of his account for twelve hours and threatened a permanent suspension. speaking as he reconvened the congressional session to certify america's november election result, the us vice—president mike pence condemned those who stormed the capitol building. today was a dark day in the history of the us capitol. but thanks to the swift efforts of us capitol police, the violence was quelled.
the capitol is secured and the people's work continues. we condemn the violence that took place here in the strongest possible terms. we grieve the loss of life in these hallowed halls. as well as the injuries suffered by those who defended our capitol today. and we will always be grateful to the men and women who stayed at their post to defend this historic place. to 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. and as we reconvene in this chamber, the world will again
witness the resilience and strength of our democracy. joe and strength of our democracy. biden called it an unprecedented joe biden called it an unprecedented assault on democracy. he also asked the mob to pull back and he asked for democracy to move forward. the words of a president matter, no matter how good or bad the president is. at their best, the words of the president can inspire. at their worst, they can incite. therefore i call on president trump to go on national
television now to fulfil his oath and defend the constitution and demand an end to this siege. president-elect joe biden. let's cross live now to the joint houses of both the us senate and us house of representatives for flavour — and we will listen to the counting process which has been going on for some time. we were listening to what is happening. are there any further objections to counting the vote in the state of nevada which appears to be regular, inform and authentic? this certificate from new hampshire the parliamentarians advised me is the only certificate of vote from the state that that was to be returned from the state and annexed to it to appoint or ascertain electors. mr president, the certificate of the electoral vote of the state of new hampshire seems to be
regular, in form and authentic and joseph biden jr of the state of delaware received four votes for president and kamala harris of california received four votes for vice president. are there any objections to counting the certificate of vote of new hampshire? it appears to be regular and authentic. this certificate from newjersey, the parliamentarians advised, is the only certificate of vote from the state that purport to be returned from the state as annexed to it from purporting to appoint and ascertain electors? the certificate of the electoral vote of the state of newjersey seems to be regular in form and authentic and it appears that joseph bidenjunior and it appears that joseph biden junior received 14 votes and kamala harris from california received 14 votes for vice president. any objections to counting the
certificate of the vote of the state of new jersey? certificate of the vote of the state of newjersey? retailers verify it appears to be regular and inform. verify it appears to be regular and in form. —— the tellers. this certificate from new mexico the parliamentarians advised me is the only certificate of vote from the state and purports to be a return from the state and annexed to it is a certificate authority of the state purporting to ascertain electors. mr president, the certificate of the electoral vote of the state of new mexico seems to be regular in form and authentic and it appears that joseph biden jr authentic and it appears that joseph bidenjr in the state of delaware received five votes for president and kamala harris in the state of california received five votes for vice president. other objections to counting the certificate of the state of new mexico that the teller has verified appears to be regular in form and authentic? hearing none, this
certificate from new york parliamentarians advised me is the only certificate of vote from the state that purports to be returned from the state as annexed to it a certificate authority from the state purporting to appoint and ascertain electors. mr president, this certificate of the electoral vote of the state of new york seems to be regular in form and authentic and it appears therefrom that joseph bidenjrof appears therefrom that joseph bidenjr of the appears therefrom that joseph biden jr of the state appears therefrom that joseph bidenjr of the state of delaware received 29 votes for president and kamala harris of the state of california received 29 votes for vice president. are there any objections to counting the certificate of vote of the state of new york that the tellers verify appears to be in form and authentic? hearing none their certificate from north carolina the parliamentarians advised me is the only certificate of vote from that purports to be a return from that state... this is the current proceedings going on in the senate as you can see overseen by vice
president mike pence with nancy pelosi next to him, the speaker of the house of representatives, and they are going through in alphabetical order state by state to confirm the outcome of november's presidential election. normally this would be an uneventful process rubberstamping the outcome of the election but of course with this particular election this has been closely watched to see if there are any objections to the results. now, what was seen as objections to the results. now, what was seen as one objections to the results. now, what was seen as one of the ones to watch was arizona, but that went through to confirm that went through to confirm that president—electjoe biden is the winner of the elections. the objection to arizona's results failed with just sex republicans voting in favour of it and 93 against, so that
objection was not sustained. that was the one that was a concern. so let's now bring in jordan strauss. jordan strauss is managing director at kroll. he's a former white house national security official worked in the us department ofjustice during the obama administration. welcome to the programme. of course, we are keeping a close eye on what's going on in congress. not business as usual after such an extraordinary night. give us your take on what's been happening. good morning to you and your viewers, sally. iwant morning to you and your viewers, sally. i want to start by saying we should make no mistake — this has been a lot of the darkest days in american history. this sort of disruption, this interaction — and it is an insurrection — hasn't happened in over 200 yea rs hasn't happened in over 200 years and it happens during one of the most sacred rituals under our constitutional way of government. it has brought us
into this almost constitutional twilight zone. it is terrible. the peaceful transition of power is one of the oldest and single most important traditions in the american constitutional way of governing and today's events were just beyond words or full. -- awful. will you just stay with us because we are going back to congress for a moment. we will continue our conversation shortly but we willjust hear what they have to say. received seven votes for vice president. are there any objections to counting the certificate of vote of the state of oklahoma that the teller has verified to be regular in form and authentic? hearing none, this certificate from oregon the parliamentarians advise is the only certificate of vote from the state that purports to be returned from the state as the certificate of authority from the state annexed to it to appoint and ascertain electors.
mr president, the certificate of the electoral vote of the state of oregon seems to be regular in form and authentic and it appears therefrom that joseph biden jr of the and it appears therefrom that joseph bidenjr of the state of delaware received seven votes for president and kamala harris of the state of california received seven votes for vice president. are there any objections to counting the certificate of vote of the state of oregon? the teller has verified it as regular in form and authentic. hearing nuns, this certificate from the commonwealth of pennsylvania the parliamentarians advised is the parliamentarians advised is the only certificate of vote from the state that purports to be returned to the state as annexed to it a certificate from the authority of the state purporting to appoint and ascertain electors. mr president, the certificate of the electoral vote of the commonwealth of pennsylvania seems to be regular in form and authentic and it appears
therefrom thatjoseph biden jr of the state of delaware received 20 votes for president and kamala harris of the state of california received 20 votes for vice president. for what reason does the member for pennsylvania rise ? reason does the member for pennsylvania rise? sadly but resolutely i reject the votes of pennsylvania on the grounds of pennsylvania on the grounds of multiple constitutional infractions that they were not under all of the known circumstances regularly given and on this occasion i have a written objection signed by a senator and 80 members of the house of representatives. is the objection in writing and signed by a senator? yes, mr president, it is. an objection presented in writing and signed by both a representative and a complies with the law. chapter one title three of the us code. the clerk will report the
objection. we, a united states senator and members of the house of representatives, subject to the counting of the electoral votes of the state of pennsylvania on the ground that they were not under all of the known circumstances regularly given. signed, josh harlow, us senator, scott curry, member of congress. are there further objections to the certificates from the commonwealth of pennsylvania? the chair he has none. the two houses will withdraw from joint session. details will deliberate separately and deliver its decision back to thejoint session. the deliver its decision back to the joint session. the senate will now retire to its chamber.
so that's what has been happening. they are going to reconvene later where they will discuss that objection in the state of pennsylvania. we will return to our guests, jordan strauss, shortly. they want to discuss this with our correspondence, lebo diseko, who is outside the capitol building for us now. you are listening into that, i'm sure, pennsylvania, that was expected that there would be an objection in the senate. they will debate that now. butjust give us your take on what has been happening in the last few hours. well, we are actually inside the capitol building's, in the same spot we were earlier today at around one o'clock, just after, when there was an objection to the state, one of the first estates to be called and there was an objection in the two houses split and went away to discuss it, that is when the violence or the protesters started to turn more violent. it was
interesting, we had been, at the beginning of the day, expecting certain senators to join with members of the house of representatives and bring these objections, but certainly after the lawmakers came back, after the lawmakers came back, after the lawmakers came back, after the events of today, the violence that we've seen, there has been one woman who has died asa has been one woman who has died as a result of gunshot, a further three people died in the grounds of the capitol building, several members of the republican party speaking out saying it is just unacceptable, the scenes that we saw. so a number of senators, for example kelly leffler, who had been saying she was going to back objections in her state of georgia, had withdrawn their support for these objections, so it is quite a surprise to seejosh so it is quite a surprise to see josh hawley, so it is quite a surprise to seejosh hawley, senatorfor pennsylvania, decided he was still going to back members of the house of representatives in bringing this objection. the next stage of the process is they will discuss this, they will debate for another two
hours, they will then take a vote on whether the objections will stand. it's unlikely that the objections will stand. they will need to pass in both houses and it would take emma kratz in the lower chamber, the house of representatives saying no, joe biden didn't win in pennsylvania, which is unlikely to happen in the extreme. there isa to happen in the extreme. there is a heavy police presence where you are now. there is a cu rfew where you are now. there is a curfew in place. just describe the atmosphere now. the curfew has just been extended. the mayor of dc, muriel bowser, said she is extending itjust past the inauguration, that kinda goes to show the of concern she has about the situation here. there are lots of questions being asked about how people manage to overpower the police, we started out our day standing in front of the senate side of the capital that we we re senate side of the capital that we were outside. i can tell you, when the police tell you to move or don't stand here, you do what they say. so how
protesters and writers were really a ble protesters and writers were really able to overpower them and reach the perimeters of the capitol building is something that lots of people are asking about. the lawmaker that heads up about. the lawmaker that heads up the committee that funds the police that look after this area, capitol hill, saying there was clearly a lack of planning in terms of the security when it came to this building. i was going to say there will be huge discussion and analysis as to why this could also be happen, how this could also be happen, how this could happen in capitol hill with the security police overpowered. and the police encouraging protesters to do what they did. it's difficult to imagine how the respond to that. well, i think, interestingly, maybe the thing to do is look at members or look at what members of donald trump's own party have said. many of them saying he incited
his supporters to come up here and take the action that they have taken. the head of communications for the republican party calling this an act of mystic terrorism. members of the republican party, who would usually associate themselves, or have been allies of donald trump, saying he incited his supporters to come up and do this. so perhaps that atmosphere, that kind of feeling is what kind of lead to people taking the action they did. in terms of the security, look, there are going to be several questions asked and perhaps enquiries into what exactly happened over the coming days. ok, lebo, thank you for bringing us right up to date with what is happening on capitol hill. we are returning tojordan capitol hill. we are returning to jordan strauss capitol hill. we are returning tojordan strauss now. worked in the us department ofjustice in the us department ofjustice in the obama administration. thank you for staying with us. he was saying earlier on the programme the darkest day in
american history. the senate is trying to continue business as usual. thus more in terms of your reaction, your analysis as to where we are now. what might happen next? so the senate and the house will continue to work through the night. josh hawley, an american senator from the state of missouri has objected to the ratification of pennsylvania's slate of electors. one of pennsylvania's two senators is republican, pat toomey. pat toomey has endorsed the validity of the pennsylvania and processes. there is no chance of these effo rts there is no chance of these efforts exceeding. suspect they will continue for at least a few other states. in the next 12 hours, joseph r biden of delaware will become president elect. there is absolutely no question. i think anyone who has deluded themselves into thinking there is a different outcome is going to wake up in
a very bad mood. what will president trump do next, do you think? he is president until the 20th of. he is. president trump has proven himself to be very unpredictable —— 20 january. i do no this evening there is talk in the american media about indication of the 25th amendment of the us constitution, which contains a provision which allows a majority of the cabinet, with the vice president, to say that the vice president, to say that the president is unable to discharge his duties and be at least temporarily removed. the president's megaphone, which is twitter, has been taken from him and that's very concerning. i think right now he is a very unhappy person and he has certainly said and done things today, and over the last few weeks, which i suspect, once this is studied and investigated, many will
conclude helped lead to the horrible violent events of today. some have resigned from the trump administration, will others do that in the next few days? the debate, as they understand it, on the inside is is it better to stay there and try to contain risk and manage damage, or is it appropriate to leave. a number of white house officials, at least one high—profile, have resigned tonight. they know there has been talk of others resigning. i don't know what they will do. i think the focus right now is on making sure this peaceful transition of power, again, historically interrupted in a truly awful day that really, i can't impress enough, how dark and black a day this is for america. i think that the focus right now for many in government is on moving on this and ensuring there is a safe inauguration. and there is no
question there will be many investigations of the shortcomings that allowed for the insurrection, the domestic terrorists, the criminal element, whatever you want to call them, to make their way into the capitol and to make their way through the layers of security that should have been protecting the capitol. and i think what looking for during inauguration, which is already the highest category of security invent, something we would call in america a national security special event, so if there were an olympics, the un general assembly, a g8 meeting, things like that. it already receives the highest possible security treatment and is the product of months of planning that has started, it started months ago. we will see that security for this unusual virtual inauguration in these horrible covid times have even more stringent security. what that would look like for us, our
firm advising on it, it would be like pushing the parameters further out. more random checks. more metal detectors, more restrictions on access as you get closer and closer to the actual events. an extremely alarming day in america today. jordan strauss, we thank you for being on the programme and staying with us, despite us dipping in and out of the live events taking place on capitol hill right now. we thank you very much indeed. the process is continuing in the senate, in the house as well. of course we are keeping right across every development as it happens. one thing we haven't had time to mention yet, if you are tuning infor mention yet, if you are tuning in for the first time in a while to the news, that the georgia senate election outcome was historic, with the democrats taking control for the first time in some 20 yea rs. the first time in some 20 years. we will talk about that and the implications and, of
course, the other issues surrounding this extraordinary day and night in washington in the united states. stay with us on bbc news. hello there. there was some welcome sunshine in many areas on wednesday, but there's a definite wintry feel and look to the weather at the moment. not only do we have a widespread frost, but there will be some icy stretches around, and we have a spell of snow moving down from scotland and northern ireland ahead of that, some patches of freezing fog, as well. let's have a look at more detail then into the morning. and whilst there will be some patchy fog in the southeast of england, most of it will be through the midlands and towards merseyside. some icy patches in eastern england with those showers coming in off the north sea. and quite icy in scotland and northern ireland with that band of rain, sleet and snow moving down across the country, leaving a few centimetres of lying snow by the morning in many areas. now gradually that rain, sleet, and increasingly snow to high ground moves down into northern england. brightening up in scotland and northern ireland, more snow for
northern scotland. further south, most of that fog will tend to lift, although it could be quite great in a few places and feel particularly cold, some sunshine to come especially in wales and the southwest — another cold day wherever you are. and it will stay cold as we move into friday. the threat of more ice and also frost, as well, and maybe some more wintry showers coming into eastern scotland and northern england. a spell of light snow expected through the midlands and wales before that tends to peter out, also some damp weather in the southwest. but away from here, many places i think we'll see some sunshine. again, it's a cold day, temperatures struggling to 1—2 celsius, for example, in glasgow and also birmingham. now let's head into the weekend — slow changes to come, widespread frost on saturday morning, sunshine for england and wales, a cold day here, turning more cloudy for scotland and northern ireland, but a dampness around as well, especially in northern scotland as the breeze picks up. temperatures start to rise in the northwest of scotland, it stays cold elsewhere with temperatures at 3—4 celsius. we got a week weather front for northern areas, still around for the second
half of the weekend. high pressure starting to nudge in, and we are starting to change in the wind direction, picking up some milder air slowly but surely that'll come in from the atlantic. but that does mean the weather will turn more unsettled. we start to see the milder air coming in towards northwestern areas, wind picking up and rain moving in early next week, and eventually that milder air moves further south and also further east.
this is bbc news with the latest headlines with the latest out of the us. democracy unbowed — after a day of chaos on capitol hill, america's lawmakers get back to work. to those who wreaked havoc in our capital today, you did not win. violence never wins. freedom wins. and this is still the people's house. we will not be put out of this chamber by thugs, mobs, or threats. this president bears a great deal of the blame.