Rule of Regulation
Rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol constructing Wednesday as Congress started counting to certify the Electoral Faculty votes. Picture from C-SPAN.
ABA President Patricia Lee Refo issued an announcement Wednesday condemning “within the strongest phrases” the assault on the U.S. Capitol by protesters supporting President Donald Trump.
“Storming the Capitol and disrupting the process of certification just isn’t a peaceable protest,” Refo stated in the statement. “It’s legal conduct. President Donald Trump and all different leaders should condemn this violence instantly, demand that it cease, and shield the protection and lives of these contained in the Capitol. President Trump has an obligation to revive and shield the rule of regulation.”
On Twitter, Trump switched from criticizing Vice President Mike Pence for refusing to overturn the election outcomes to calling for the protest to remain peaceful. In a video posted to Twitter, Trump additionally urged folks to go house, whilst he alleged that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from him.
Lawyer George T. Conway III, a Republican and co-founder of the Lincoln Mission, a bunch based by Republicans against Trump, tweeted that Trump ought to be impeached after the Capitol is cleared and secured.
Pence issued a statement Wednesday that stated he lacked authority underneath the Structure to determine which electoral votes ought to be counted.
President-elect Joe Biden referred to as on Trump to go on nationwide tv to demand an finish to the siege. Biden stated the assault was an rebellion, quite than a protest, and the rule of regulation should prevail.
The unrest happenened as U.S. Rep. Louis Gohmert, a Texas Republican, filed a petition asking the U.S. Supreme Court docket to instruct Pence to chorus from certifying the election outcomes till the congressman’s cert request might be thought of.
The Washington Submit was reporting that an individual was shot contained in the Capitol, and the D.C. Nationwide Guard can be activated. Pence was rushed out of the Senate chamber, and the Capitol was positioned on lockdown, in accordance with the New York Times. Home Speaker Nancy Pelosi was additionally reported to be protected, in accordance with her spokesperson.
Refo stated in her assertion that the 2020 election “was pretty performed, and the outcomes are correct. The system labored. Claims of impropriety have been completely and overtly investigated. Dozens of lawsuits difficult the election outcomes have been fastidiously thought of by courts, together with the U.S. Supreme Court docket. No proof of any vital fraud was discovered. …
“The peaceable transition of energy from one elected president to the subsequent is a revered American custom going again greater than two centuries and serves as a mannequin to the remainder of the world. All elected officers and others in positions of civic accountability should now uphold their oath to defend the Structure, assist a peaceable transition of energy, and thereby shield the rule of regulation.”