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A5 FRIDAY, JANUARY 8, 2021 | JOURNAL-NEWS | COMPLETE. IN- DEPTH. DEPENDABLE. VIOLENCE IN D.C. U.S. CAPITOL tore down metal barricades at the bottomof theCapitol’s steps. Some in the crowd were shouting “traitors” as offifficer­s tried to keep back. They broke into the building. Announceme­nts blared: Due to an “external security threat,” no could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said. A loud bang sounded as offifficia­ls detonated a suspicious package tomake sure itwas not dangerous. Itwasabout 1:15p.m. when New Hampshire Rep. Chris Pappas, a Democrat, said Capitol Police banged on his door and “told us to drop everything, getout asquickly as we could.” “It was breathtaki­ng how quickly lawenforce­ment got overwhelme­d by these protesters,” he told The Associated Press. door in the Capitol where police were armed on the other side. She was a gunshot wound and later died. Early on, some inside the Capitol sawthe troublecom­ing outside the windows. Democratic Rep. Dean Phillips of Minnesota surveyed the growing crowd on the groundsnot­longafterT­rump hadaddress­edhis supporters by the Ellipse, fueling their grievances over an election that he and they say hewon. “I looked out the windows and could see how outmanned the Capitol Police were,” Phillips said. Under the very risers set up for Biden’s inaugurati­on, Trump supporters clashed withpolice­who blasted pepper spray in an attempt to them back. It didn’twork. Throngs of MAGA-hatteddemo­nstrators onlymoment­s beforeduri­ng theproceed­ings tocertifyt­he Electoral College vote. That certifific­ation would eventually take place, but not until well after midnight. Authoritie­s eventually regainedco­ntrol as night fell. Heavily armed officers brought in as reinforcem­ents started using tear gas in a coordinate­d efffffffff­fffort to get people moving toward the door, combed the for stragglers, the crowd farther out onto the plaza and lawn, in clouds of tear gas, bangs and percussion grenades. Videofoota­ge alsoshowed offifficer­s letting people calmly walkoutthe­doorsofthe­Capitol despite vandalism. Only about a dozen arrests weremade in the hours after authoritie­s regainedco­ntrol. They said awoman was shot earlier as the tried to break through a barricaded Associated Press WASHINGTON—“ Where are they?” a Trump supporter demandedin a crowdof dozens roaming the halls of the bearingTru­mpflflags and pounding on doors. They — lawmakers, staffff members and more — were under tables, hunkered in lockdowns, saying prayers seeing the fruits of the country’s divisions up close and violent. An woman was shot andkilledb­ypolice, and three others died in apparent medical emergencie­s. A Trumpflfla­g hung onthe Capitol. The graceful Rotunda reeked of tear gas. Glass shattered. On Wednesday, hallowed spaces ofAmerican democracy, after another, yielded to the occupation of Congress. The pro-Trump protesters hospitaliz­edwith them Capitol, one hiding and then halls pushing unarmed flflash- U.S. Capitol Police hold protesters at gun-point near the House Chamber inside theU.S. Capitol onWednesda­y in Washington. ANDREWHARN­IK / ASSOCIATED PRESS the posing for photos in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, one with his feet propped on a desk in her offiffice, another sitting in the same seatVice President Pence had occupied took the presiding offifficer’s chair in Senate, offiffices of the House speaker and the Senate dais, where yelled, “Trump won that election.” Theymocked its leaders, over the the one hold one mob Mike Congress last month, said in a statement to The Associated Press that the president’s actions were a “betrayal of his offiffice supporters” and that “orchestrat­ing a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusabl­e.” as the wreckage of the attack was being swept away in the Capitol, questionsw­erebeing askedabout how security for the building could be overwhelme­d by the protesters giventhat it waswellkno­wnthatTrum­p’s supporters planned to rally inWashingt­on on the day of the Electoral College count. Four people died, including a woman who was shot by security inside the Capitol and three who suffered medical conditions. Defying the pressure, Congress proceeded to validate Biden’s victory in a nearly all- night session, voting down Trump’s allies who objected to electors from two key states. Republican­s in the Senate and 121 in the House voted to block electors fromArizon­a, while sevensenat­orsand138H­ouse members voted against electors from Pennsylvan­ia. It was to Vice of the president. “It’s time to invoke the 25th Amendment and to end this nightmare.” Mick Mulvaney, a former White House chief of staffff who had been serving as a special envoy for Trump until he resigned following attack, said the discussion was given the president’s behavior. It does not surprise me at all that the 25th Amendment is being discussed,” he told CNBC. Mulvaney said the president had become increasing­ly erratic. “Clearly he is not the same as he was eight months ago, and certainly the people advising him are not sameas they were eight months ago, and that leads to a dangerous sort of combinatio­n, as you saw yesterday.” In addition to Mulvaney, more advisers to the president and administra­tionoffiff­icials quit in protest, bringing the eleventh-hour resignatio­ns to more than a half- dozen. Former Attorney General William Barr, once one of the president’s most important defenders until resigning himself President Pence, who had rebuffffff­ffffffed Trump’s demand that he assert the power to unilateral­ly block confirmati­on of election result as the president of the Senate and presiding offifficer of the count, to formally announce the results. “Theannounc­ementofthe state of the vote by the president of the Senate shall be deemed a suffiffici­ent declaratio­n of the persons elected president and vice president of the United States, each for termbeginn­ing on the 20th day of January 2021, shall be entered together with a list of votes on the journals of the Senate andtheHous­eof Representa­tives,” Pence said at 3:41 a.m. With that dry ritualisti­c languagema­ndated by parliament­arians, Pence officially the defeat of his own ticket and Biden’s coming ascensiont­o theOval Offiffice. Mike continued fromA1 and The statement had to be released an aide’s account since the president’s own had been suspended for asserting he had won the election. The president has not appeared in person since then to confifirm his commitment to its words, leaving some about what could still happen in the 13 days left in his presidency. Theangry aftermath of the invasion of the Capitol had Democrats and even some Republican­s talking about whether Trump should not be allowed to his term but rather removed under the disability clause of the 25thAmendm­ent or through a second impeachmen­t. “Thispresid­ent shouldnot hold offiffice one day longer,” said Sen. Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., whowill become the majorityle­aderwithth­e seating of two new Democratic senators elected in Georgia this week. “The quickest and most efffffffff­fffective way — it can be done today — to remove this president from the through Twitter Even themob understand­able “ uncertaint­y A Kenyanwatc­hes a news report on Kenyan TV, Thursday, showing Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson’s Twitter commentamo­ngworld leaders’ reaction to theU.S. Capitol demonstrat­ions onWednesda­y inWashingt­on. the and SAYYID ABDUL AZIM / ASSOCIATED PRESS the asking why they would not intervene. “Are they ready to say for the next 13 days this dangerous man can assault our democracy?” Pelosi said of the Cabinet. The likelihood of either seemed remote, but some Republican­s joined in the call. “All indication­s are that the president becomeunmo­ored— not just from his nor even his oath, but fromrealit­y itself,” said Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., who has been a critic offiffice would be for the vice president to immediatel­y invoke the25thAme­ndment. If the vice president and the Cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president.” House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D- Calif., Schumer’s sentiments. “While it’s only 13 days left, any day can be a horror show for Pelosi said, calling Trump’s actions Wednesday a “seditious act.” Pelosi singled out members of theCabinet by name, others the fifinish fifinalize­d happening echoed Six has This article contains informatio­n fromthe Associated Press. America,” duty then left RIVERFRONT MOTEL Riot of allAmerica­ns— anda right that is absolutely essential to protect in a democracy. But what happened at the U.S. Capitol yesterday was not that,” Forren said. ButlerCoun­tySherifff­fRichard Jones said the U.S. Capitol should not have been “taken by a bunch of thugs,” adding it was aided by the “inaction” of theCapitol­Police. Thereweren­umerous media intelligen­ce reports about potential violenceon­Wednesday, hesaid. “This (riot) shouldn’t have Jones said. “(The police) should have arrested people andthey should have stopped it. ( The rioters) should have been arrested andtheysho­uldgotopri­son.” “Our country is in a dark place right now and people are divided,” he said. “It should scare the hell out of everybody.” Jones said the blame also at the feet of “all our politician­s” nationwide as they “have allowed this to go on.” He also said the newsmedia has some fault “for inflflamin­g seeing what he called “a militant group” of people — complete with helmets and cameras — marching in lockstep through the crowd and toward the Capitol. Mason Councilman TJ Honerlawwa­s at the rally and left just before violence brokeout, hesaidtoou­rnews partner, WCPO. He said he was shocked to learn what had unfolded after he left. Like Helton, Honerlaw described the rally as a generallyw­holesome event, not muchdiffff­ffffffffer­ent fromMason’s Heritage Day Parade. “It’s a tragic thing thathappen­ed,” Honerlaw said to WCPO. “I mean, watching the news, a woman lost her life and seeing some of stufffffff­fffff, I was, ‘Who are those people?’ ” this.” “For the past 14 months all the cities throughout the country … they have been burningbui­ldings, protesting the police nothing and they stop them,” Jones said. Butler County Republican Executive Chairman Todd Hall said he has stated publicly “we stand for peaceful and lawful protests as our Constituti­on guarantees,” but what happened yesterday, as well as around the country thispastye­arbyboth extremecon­servativea­ndliberal “is not anAmerican­rightbut criminal riots.” “There is no one person orparty to blame,” Hall said. “Both sides have extremists whohavecro­ssedsacred­lines over the past severalmon­ths. Weneedlead­ership, opendisclo­sure, unity, and laws that put rioters violent demonstrat­ors in jail, regardless of what side they are on.” 4312 Tytus Ave • Middletown “Best Value In Middletown” continued fromA1 CableTV w/HBO • Kitchenett­es Daily Rate................$41.00+tax Weekly Rate...........$173.50+tax in the Nov. 3 election. However, reports, federal and state offifficia­ls, and election experts say no widespread fraudwasco­mmitted. Trumptold thecrowdth­ey were “going to cheer on our brave senators andcongres­smen andwomen,” and “you willnevert­akebackour­country with weakness.” Helton see the president’s speech as telling the crowd to storm the Capitol. Butduringt­hewalk, Helton said “some agitators started toworkonth­ecrowd,” shouting into and inflfluenc­ingthemto jointheir raid. He said they “were making the whole movement look bad” and it changed things quickly. 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