Trump-Biden transition live updates: Pence announces Biden as next president, Trump accepts defeat



(WASHINGTON) -- President Donald Trump is slated to hand over control of the White House to President-elect Joe Biden in 13 days.

Here is how the scene is unfolding. All times Eastern:

Jan 07, 11:33 am

John Boehner calls storming of Capitol an 'invasion,' slams GOP

Another prominent former Republican leader has broken his silence on Trump and the Republican Party Thursday, with former House Speaker John Boehner calling for the GOP to "awaken" following Wednesday's "invasion" of the U.S. Capitol.

"I once said the party of Lincoln and Reagan is off taking a nap. The nap has become a nightmare for our nation. The GOP must awaken. The invasion of our Capitol by a mob, incited by lies from some entrusted with power, is a disgrace to all who sacrificed to build our Republic," Boehner said in a tweet.

Jan 07, 11:20 am

First GOP lawmaker publicly calls for invocation of 25th Amendment

Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., now one of Trump's fiercest critics on Capitol Hill, is the first Republican to publicly call for the invocation of the 25th Amendment to remove him from office.

"Sadly, yesterday it became clear that the president not only abdicated his duty to protect the American people and the people's house, he invoked and inflamed passions that gave fuel to the insurrection we saw here," Kinzinger said in a video posted to Twitter. "When pressed to move and denounce the violence he barely did so, while, of course, victimizing himself."

"All indications are that the president has become unmoored, not just from his duty, or even his health, but from reality itself. It is for this reason that I call for the vice president and members of the Cabinet to ensure that the next few weeks are safe for the American people, and that we have a sane captain of the ship," he added.

Kinzinger also spoke forcefully against the Electoral College challenge -- and his colleagues' support of it -- during the House debate Wednesday night over the ratification of Pennsylvania's vote.

Jan 07, 11:09 am

Senior White House National Security Council official resigns

White House Deputy National Security Adviser Matthew Pottinger resigned on Wednesday, according to a White House official and a person familiar with his resignation, joining a slate of White House staff to resign in the wake of Wednesday's rioting at the U.S. Capitol.

The White House’s National Security Council did not respond to questions about Pottinger, who was an assistant to the president.

Jan 07, 11:05 am

Barr speaks out against Trump, calls his conduct a 'betrayal of his office and supporters'

Former Attorney General Bill Barr, once one of President Trump's most loyal allies, is speaking out against his former boss in light of Wednesday's storming of the U.S. Capitol, saying in a statement that his conduct "was a betrayal of his office and supporters."

“Orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress is inexcusable. The President’s conduct yesterday was a betrayal of his office and supporters," he said in a statement obtained by ABC News.

Barr resigned last month with five weeks remaining in Trump's term after months of growing tensions with Trump that culminated in Barr's refusal to announce investigations into Trump's political opponents and his public rebuke of Trump's baseless claims of widespread voter fraud in the 2020 election.

Jan 07, 10:13 am

Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney resigns from position as special envoy

Former White House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney has resigned from his position as U.S. special envoy to Northern Ireland, telling CNBC during an interview Thursday morning he called Secretary of State Mike Pompeo Wednesday night with the news.


“I can't do it. I can't stay,” Mulvaney said. “It's a nothing thing. It doesn't affect the outcome. It doesn't affect the transition. But it's what I've got, right, and it's a position I really enjoy doing. But you can't do it. And I wouldn't be surprised to see more of my friends resign over the course of the next 24 to 48 hours."


Asked if, in retrospect, he considered himself an enabler of Trump, he said, “it’s a fair question.”


“The answer is I don't know what I feel yet, entirely. I can tell you this, there are, most of us, almost all of us, except I guess the people who are on the inner circle right now who didn't sign up for what you saw last night.”

He said all of Trump’s “successes” -- “all of that went away yesterday, and I think you’re right to ask the question as to how did it happen.”


Mulvaney went on to say the issue now is that Trump’s inner circle consists of people like trade adviser Peter Navarro and personal attorney Rudy Giuliani.


“Clearly he is not the same as he was eight months ago, and certainly the people advising him are not the same as they were eight months ago, and that leads to a dangerous sort of combination as you saw yesterday," he said. "I imagine a lot of folks in the building, a lot of folks who served him from the beginning who are no longer in the beginning, are asking the same things this morning."

Jan 07, 10:05 am

Threats that will outlast Donald Trump exposed in siege of Capitol: Analysis

It was bad, unspeakably and unfathomably so -- utter lawlessness and disorder, carnage in the seat of American government, happening with the seeming encouragement of the outgoing president.

It could have been worse. It might still get there, even with President Trump's statement Thursday morning pledging "there will be an orderly transition on January 20th."

Until Wednesday's siege, when a mob of extremists engaged in an attempted insurrection and violent occupation of the Capitol, there seemed to be little cost to some Republicans in indulging Trump's conspiracy theories, lies and fantasies.

That fiction was exposed by Wednesday's horror. The trauma of the day saw seemingly sincere concerns about election security melt away, amid a newfound bipartisan resolve to finish final certification of Biden's victory.

Now, there's something approaching bipartisan unity in disgust for Trump's behavior through the post-election period. Denunciations and even some resignations are flowing in more steadily after Tuesday's Georgia runoff losses and Wednesday's repulsive events.

"Remember this day," Trump tweeted Wednesday. He will surely get that wish.

Even aside from impeachment and 25th Amendment talk, Trump will be an ex-president in 13 days. The fact is that getting rid of Trump is the easy part.

Cleansing the movement he commands, or getting rid of what he represents to so many Americans, is going to be something else.

Jan 07, 8:08 am

Congressman recalls moment woman was shot inside Capitol building

Rep. Markwayne Mullin, R-Okla., said he witnessed the moment a police officer fatally shot a woman inside the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, as Trump supporters stormed the building.

Mullin said the shooting happened as an angry, pro-Trump mob that had been protesting outside broke into the Capitol building and attempted to force entry into the House chamber, which was still in session.

"They were trying to come through the front door, which is where I was at in the chamber, and in the back they were trying to come through the speaker's lobby, and that's problematic when you're trying to defend two fronts," Mullin told ABC News Chief Anchor George Stephanopoulos in an interview Thursday on Good Morning America.

"When they broke the glass in the back, the (police) lieutenant that was there, him and I already had multiple conversations prior to this, and he didn't have a choice at that time," Mullin said. "The mob was going to come through the door, there was a lot of members and staff that were in danger at the time. And when he [drew] his weapon, that's a decision that's very hard for anyone to make and, once you draw your weapon like that, you have to defend yourself with deadly force."

A U.S. Capitol Police officer in plainclothes fired his service weapon as "multiple individuals" tried to gain access to the House room, striking a woman. She was transported to a local hospital where she was pronounced dead, according to Robert Contee, chief of the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia. Authorities have not yet released the woman's identity.

Mullin said police "showed a lot of restraint" and "did the best they could."

"That young lady's family's lives changed and his (the officer's) life also changed," Mullin said. "But what also happened is that mob that was trying to go through that door, they left. And his actions will may be judged in a lot of different ways moving forward, but his actions I believe saved people's lives even more. Unfortunately, it did take one though."

Mullin said he "never thought" he would witness such a scene unfold in the United States.

"I get people being passionate and being frustrated, but there's a right way and and wrong way to do things and yesterday was wrong. There was absolutely no excuse for it," he said. "We're very fortunate a lot more people didn't actually lost their life. One is way too many."

Jan 07, 7:31 am

WV lawmaker took video of himself rushing into US Capitol with pro-Trump mob

A West Virginia lawmaker was among the people -- mostly pro-Trump protesters -- who broke into the U.S. Capitol Wednesday. 

Del. Derrick Evans took a video of himself and others rushing into the building after attacking Capitol police. In it, he is seen wearing a helmet and yelling, "We're in! Keep it moving, baby!"

Once inside, Evans walked around the Capitol Rotunda, which is filled with historical works of art, and yelled, "No vandalizing!"

He has since deleted the video from his social media.

"I want to thank everyone for their prayers today," Evans wrote in a Facebook statement after the Capitol break-in. "I am on the bus headed back home to WV. As many of you know, for the last few years I have traveled across the country to film many different events. Today, I had the opportunity to film another event in DC. I want to assure you all that I did not have any negative interactions with law enforcement, nor did I participate in any destruction that may have occurred. I was simply there as an independent member of the media to film history."

Jan 07, 6:58 am

Biden unveils pick for AG, other key Justice Department nominations

Biden officially announced key nominations for the U.S. Department of Justice on Thursday.

Judge Merrick Garland is his nominee for attorney general, Lisa Monaco is his nominee for deputy attorney general, Vanita Gupta is his nominee for associate attorney general, and Kristen Clarke is his nominee for assistant attorney general for the department's civil rights division.

Biden said he is "honored" that the nominees have "accepted this call to serve at such a critical time in our nation’s history."

"Our first-rate nominees to lead the Justice Department are eminently qualified, embody character and judgment that is beyond reproach, and have devoted their careers to serving the American people with honor and integrity," Biden said in a statement Thursday. "They will restore the independence of the Department so it serves the interests of the people not a presidency, rebuild public trust in the rule of law, and work tirelessly to ensure a more fair and equitable justice system. They are among the most accomplished legal minds in our country who also reflect the best of America’s full range of talents and background."

Jan 07, 3:45 am

Pence announces Biden as next president, Trump accepts defeat

Hours after a pro-Trump mob broke into the U.S. Capitol to protest the results of the 2020 election, congressional tellers have ascertained Joe Biden and Kamala Harris have won.

The announcement was made by Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar at 3:39 a.m. Thursday.

Vice President Mike Pence then repeated the totals at 3:40 a.m., first for president, then for vice president.

Biden will take President Donald Trump's place in the White House on Jan. 20.

Rep. Louie Gohmert and other House Republicans attempted to object to Wisconsin but did not have a senator join the objection. Gohmert said a senator withdrew his objection.

Biden and Harris finished with 306 electoral votes, while Trump and Pence finished with 232.

In a statement tweeted by White House Deputy Chief of Staff Dan Scavino following the news, Trump said: "Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it's only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!"

This is the first time Trump has publicly accepted Biden's victory and agreed to a peaceful transfer of power.

Jan 07, 3:24 am

House also rejects challenge to Pennsylvania's electoral votes

After two hours of heated debate, the House of Representatives rejected the Republican objections to certify Pennsylvania's Electoral College ballots early Thursday.

There were 138 House Republicans who voted to sustain the objection, while 64 voted against it and 218 Democrats also voted against it.

No House Democrats voted in favor of the objection, while a majority of House Republicans (68%) did.

The GOP effort to overturn the will of Pennsylvania voters failed in the Senate just a few hours earlier, after the upper chamber completely bypassed debate and went straight to a vote.

With no further objections anticipated, Congress is expected certify Pennsylvania's Electoral College ballots. Congress will then continue counting electoral votes from the rest of the states.

Jan 07, 3:00 am

Heated confrontation between House members amid debate over Pennsylvania electoral vote count

A brief but tense confrontation unfolded on the floor of the House of Representatives early Thursday morning, with some members appearing ready to come to blows while debating challenges put forth by Republican lawmakers seeking to reverse Biden's win.

Rep. Conor Lamb, D-Pa., used his five minutes to give an impassioned speech during the debate over the Electoral College votes from Pennsylvania.

"These objections don't deserve an ounce of respect. Not an ounce," Lamb said, aiming his comments towards the Republicans in the room. "A woman died out there tonight, and you're making these objections!"

"That attack today, it didn't materialize out of nowhere. It was inspired by lies," he continued. "The members who are repeating those lies should be ashamed of themselves. Their constituents should be ashamed of them."

Rep. Morgan Griffiths, R-Va., then jumped in, attempting to make a point of order and asking for some of Lamb's words to be stricken from the record.

"The gentleman said there were lies on this floor today, looking over this direction. I ask that those words be taken down," Griffiths said to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi regarding Lamb's speech.

Pelosi dismissed Griffiths because he spoke out of turn. Lamb then told Republicans: "The truth hurts."

As Pelosi banged her gavel, attempting to get the lower chamber in order, several members ran toward the back of the room. Sources, as well as reporters who were in the room, told ABC News that House Republicans and Democrats appeared to be confronting each other in the aisle, and a shouting match ensued about who should sit down.

Reps. Andy Harris, R-Md., and Colin Allred, D-Texas, appeared to be on the verge of a fist fight, sources told ABC News. There was shouting, but no punches were thrown.

The heated moment passed just as quickly as it began, and the debate resumed.

The House is expected to vote soon on the Republican objections to certify Pennsylvania's Electoral College ballots. Just hours earlier, the Senate voted 92-7 against the measure.

Jan 07, 12:50 am

Senate rejects objections to Pennsylvania's electoral votes

The Republican effort to overturn the will of Pennsylvania voters failed in the Senate early Thursday morning by a vote of 7-92.

The upper chamber had completely bypassed debate and went straight to a vote.

After the vote, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said he does not expect any additional challenges to the Electoral College results.

The Senate now stands ready to return to a joint session of Congress, as the Pennsylvania objection goes to the House of Representatives for a vote. Both chambers of Congress must vote in favor of the challenge for it to succeed.

Jan 07, 12:45 am

Objection made for Pennsylvania, House and Senate to vote

As certification of the vote continues in Congress, an objection was made to electors from the state of Pennsylvania, which was supported by both a Republican representative and a senator, forcing a vote.

GOP Rep. Scott Perry of Pennsylvania objected to the state's electoral count, and said he was joined by 80 of his Republican colleagues.

GOP Sen. Josh Hawley objected for the Senate.

The Joint Session of Congress is now on hold, so that the respective chambers can split up for two hours of debate. In the Senate, they chose to skip debate and immediately moved to vote.

When both do vote, the objection is expected to fail, as the one over Arizona's electors did previously.

Earlier, GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama attempted to object to the electoral college votes from Nevada, but because no senators joined him, the objection was not sustained.

"Unfortunately, no United States senator has joined in this effort," Brooks said.

Jan 07, 12:12 am

Objection to Georgia, Michigan electoral votes fail after no senator signs on

GOP Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia objected to the Georgia electoral votes but said he does not have a senator that will sign on because of the events of Wednesday.

Georgia Sen. Kelly Loeffler reversed course and said she would not object after the riot activity on the Hill.

After Hice announced senators had withdrawn their objection, there were cheers from the Democratic side.

Additionally, Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene and 70 Republicans are objecting to Michigan, but no senator signed on to support the objection.

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