Congress finalizes Biden's win after riot disrupts Capitol

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Melissa Mahtani, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 5:15 p.m. ET, January 7, 2021
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4:50 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Someone got into Nancy Pelosi's office during the riots

A man sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021.
A man sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021.  Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

A photo from inside Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi's office suite shows a folder with the words "we will not back down" written on it, according to CNN's Manu Raju.

"I want to direct you to that manila folder right there, as you can see, look in there, it says, 'we will not back down.' Someone leaving a message for the House Speaker in her suite," Raju reported.

The folder was found after pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol as members of Congress were meeting to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College wi##

4:38 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Jake Tapper: Trump sent a "mixed" message to rioters in video

From CNN's Jake Tapper / Written by CNN's Maureen Chowdhury

President Trump addressed rioters in a video message where he told them "to go home" while simultaneously falsely stating that the election was "stolen."

"Now, we brought that to you because President Trump on the tape says to his supporters who are right now conducting an armed insurrection non the US Capitol, he tells them to go home, but I also want to note that in that video he lies about the election being stolen and pours more fuel on the fire. He continues his shameful behavior of lying to his supporters about what happened. It is absolutely disgraceful. I hope they listen to the part in which he said for them 'to go home,' but to be completely frank, there are mixed messages in that video," CNN's Jake Tapper said.

"I want people to remember how they feel watching these images of the United States Capitol being taken over and these clear acts of sedition and violence and terrorism by Trump supporters, because there's going to be an attempt to white wash and pretend this didn't happen," Tapper added.

See the moment:

4:33 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Before the riots broke out, Congress certified just 12 of the 538 electoral votes

Pro-Trump rioters stormed the US Capitol this afternoon, interrupting a joint session of Congress where lawmakers were set to certify President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College win.

The process of certifying the electoral votes works alphabetically, with lawmakers starting with Alabama and then working through the states in alphabetical order.

Congress had certified just two states — Alabama's nine Electoral College votes and Alaska's three — before the riots broke out. All 12 of those votes went to President Trump.

There are 538 electoral votes in total, one for each congressperson and senator plus three for Washington, DC.

Lawmakers were in the process of discussing Arizona's 11 Electoral College votes when the riots broke out. Several GOP lawmakers had objected to the votes, which were for Biden, prompting both the House and Senate to retire to their chambers to debate the objection.

After the riots broke out, Congress went into recess. It's not clear when they could reconvene to continue the certification process.

4:35 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

UK prime minister describes scene on Capitol Hill as "disgraceful"

From CNN's Nada Bashir

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing street in London on January 6, 2021.
Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson leaves 10 Downing street in London on January 6, 2021. Tolga Akmen/AFP/Getty Images

UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson has described scenes in Washington, DC — where rioters have breached the US Capitol — as “disgraceful,” calling for a peaceful transfer of power. 

"Disgraceful scenes in U.S. Congress,” Johnson tweeted Wednesday. 

“The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power,” he added. 

Earlier on Wednesday, UK Foreign Secretary Dominic Raab said the British government has “full confidence” that the US checks and balances system will ensure that the outcome of the election is “properly decided, determined and then respected.”


4:30 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

At least two real explosive devices in DC rendered safe by law enforcement

From CNN's Pervaiz Shallwani

At least two suspected pipe bombs have been rendered safe by law enforcement — one at a building that houses Republican National Committee offices and one in the US Capitol complex, a federal law enforcement official tells CNN

The official said these were real explosive devices and they were blown up to be rendered safe.

4:31 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

George Washington University’s home basketball game postponed due to riots

From CNN's Homero DeLaFuente

George Washington University’s home men’s basketball game against the University of Massachusetts has been postponed. George Washington stated in a tweet that the game was called off due to the 6 p.m. ET curfew now in place in Washington, DC.

In a statement by the University of Massachusetts, the school says the protests and the curfew were to blame for the postponement and that their basketball team is vacating the area. 

“The Minutemen are currently leaving Washington D.C. and will travel back to Massachusetts tonight.”   

The Atlantic 10 Conference says it will reschedule the game to a later time.  

4:29 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Twitter restricts engagement with Trump's labeled tweets amid Capitol riots

From CNN’s Brian Fung

Twitter moved Wednesday to restrict engagement with tweets by President Trump and others that have been labeled “due to a risk of violence."

The announcement comes after hours of silence as violent rioters descended on the US Capitol, and amid mounting calls by the Anti-Defamation League and others for Trump’s Twitter account to be suspended outright. 

Twitter did not directly address those calls, but said that the restrictions on sharing and engagement are part of its efforts to monitor the “ongoing situation in Washington.”

Likes have been disabled on Trump’s tweet that claimed Vice President Mike Pence “didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done,” and those wishing to retweet Trump’s tweet are being prompted to add a comment rather than simply amplifying the content.  

“In regard to the ongoing situation in Washington, D.C., we are working proactively to protect the health of the public conversation occurring on the service and will take action on any content that violates the Twitter Rules,” Twitter said. 

“Threats of and calls to violence are against the Twitter Rules, and we are enforcing our policies accordingly. In addition, we have been significantly restricting engagement with Tweets labeled under our Civic Integrity Policy due to the risk of violence. This means these labeled Tweets will not be able to be replied to, Retweeted, or liked," the company added.

Twitter is still considering other “escalated enforcement actions,” it added.

4:29 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

CNN reporter describes debris and smell of tear gas inside Capitol while being evacuated

From CNN's Adrienne Vogt

CNN's Manu Raju described the scene while being evacuated at the US Capitol after rioters breached the building.

There are police officers in riot gear and gas masks, and the smell of tear gas is throughout the building, Raju reported.

"These rioters have clearly ... breached all elements of this building. You're seeing debris, trash, all in the elevators, things knocked down, posts knocked down, and this is clearly a sign of how they are gone into all parts of this building," he said.

He did not see any rioters currently inside of the building, he said.

See Manu Raju's report:

4:26 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Trump's former chief of staff: "Many of these folks are nothing but domestic terrorists"

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins

President Trump's first chief of staff Reince Priebus is one of several former staffers speaking out more forcefully about the pro-Trump riots taking place at the US Capitol than Trump. 

"Many of these folks are nothing but domestic terrorists," he tweeted. "And many are criminals and trouble makers all acting in a manner opposite of patriotism. These violent people have no respect for democracy. Pure insanity and disgusting."