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WASHINGTON — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said lawmakers would not be intimidated as she reconvened the House of Representatives after a day of violence rocked the US Capitol and left one woman dead.
“Today, a shameful assault was made on our democracy. It cannot however deter us from our responsibility to validate the election of Joe Biden and Kamala Harris,” Pelosi said on Wednesday evening.
“For that reason, Congress has returned to the Capitol. We always knew this responsibility would take us into the night and we’ll stay as long as it takes,” she went on.
Lawmakers gathered Wednesday for a joint session of Congress — overseen by Vice President Mike Pence — to vote on Biden’s Electoral College victory.
But the debate was interrupted around 1.30 p.m. when a mob of pro-Trump supporters overpowered Capitol Hill police and stormed the building as frightened lawmakers barricaded themselves in the two chambers.
Violence engulfed the building for hours as rioters clashed with police, vandalized lawmakers’ offices, and tried to gain access to the Senate and House chambers — leading to a tense armed standoff with Capitol cops.
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