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WASHINGTON — Lawmakers will try to return to the US Capitol on Wednesday night after a mob of the president’s supporters stormed the building in a bid to derail a vote to confirm President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Officials are discussing reconvening the joint session, which was suddenly interrupted on Wednesday afternoon by thousands of pro-Trump protesters who overpowered Capitol Hill police and hijacked both chambers of Congress.
“We are trying to expedite matters, let everyone have a say, but expedite,” GOP Sen. Ron Wicker Mississippi told The Post.
Freshman Democratic Sen. Mark Kelly (D-Ariz.) also told reporters he expected the session to continue on Wednesday evening.
When asked if he wanted to return to the Capitol, GOP Sen. Dan Sullivan of Alaska added: “I think that’s the goal for most of us.”
The chief law enforcement officer for the House of Representatives announced law enforcement had secured the building shortly after 5.30 p.m. — prompting a round of applause hours after lawmakers were evacuated in gas masks.
The vote on Biden’s Electoral College victory was expected to drag into the early hours of Thursday morning after dozens of GOP lawmakers announced they planned to object to Biden’s win.
But after the violent scenes on Wednesday that left at least one woman dead, Sen. Wicker said Republicans were in talks to limit debate on objections.
Tens of thousands of the president’s supporters flocked to Washington on Wednesday to hear Trump speak at a rally outside the White House where he delivered a fiery speech in which he claimed the election had been stolen from him.
“We will never concede,” Trump told the cheering crowd. “You don’t concede when there’s theft.”
All hell broke loose around 1:30 p.m. after the group marched to the Capitol and entered the building where hundreds of lawmakers — and Vice President Mike Pence — were gathered inside to confirm Biden’s win.
The offices of lawmakers such as House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) were looted and vandalized while other protestors posed for photos inside the Senate and House of Representatives as outnumbered cops were powerless to stop them.
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