US Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the Capitol, where the joint session of Congress to ratify the Electoral College vote was suspended after the entry of Trump supporters.

The session then resumed after a few hours, once security conditions were restored: “Violence never wins,” said the US vice president, reopening the session of Congress to certify Joe Biden’s victory. He continued: “It is my well-considered judgment that my oath to uphold and defend the Constitution prevents me from claiming unilateral authority to establish which electoral votes must be counted and which not.” Words echoed by those of Republican Senate leader Mitch McConnell, who said: “The elections weren’t stolen. There was no fraud. Congress cannot appoint itself as the election board ”. “If we cancel” this electoral process “we will damage our republic forever,” added McConnell.

President Donald Trump twitted against his Vice President: “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!.”

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