As it happened: Calls mount for Trump’s removal after deadly storming of US Capitol

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US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and her Democrat counterpart in the Senate, Chuck Schumer, led calls on Thursday for US President Donald Trump's immediate removal from office a day after his supporters stormed the Capitol in a deadly rampage. Follow FRANCE 24’s coverage of one of the darkest days for democracy in US history and the national reckoning it sparked.

  • US Senate's top Democrat, Chuck Schumer, has called for Trump’s immediate removal from office and has called on US Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows for a majority of the cabinet to replace a president deemed unable to discharge his duties.

  • Republican Representative Adam Kinzinger has also called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked, saying it was “the right thing to do for our democracy”.

  • Lawmakers formally certified Biden as the winner of the presidential election Thursday morning, clearing the way for his inauguration on January 20. Republican Vice President Mike Pence certified the Electoral College count of 306 electors in favour of Biden against 232 in favour of Trump.

  • Trump promised Thursday there would be an "orderly transition on January 20" after Congress concluded the electoral vote count. On Wednesday he told the crowd at a so-called Save America rally that he would "never concede" the 2020 election. He urged supporters to gather at the Capitol building to support the Republican lawmakers who had vowed to challenge Biden's win.

  • Trump supporters fought with Capitol police and then forced their way into the building, breaking windows and scaling the outside walls. Several officers were wounded and the National Guards of several nearby US states were mobilised to provide support.

  • DC police said four people died during the siege – one woman was shot by police and died in hospital while three others had medical emergencies. More than 50 people were arrested.

  • As Trump supporters besieged the Capitol, President-elect Joe Biden called on Trump to go on national TV to denounce the "insurrection", calling the scenes "disgraceful".

  • Trump eventually gave a statement via a recorded video, repeating his false claim that the election was stolen but asking supporters to "stay peaceful". Several hours later he called for the crowd to "go home" before adding: "We love you. You’re very special.”

  • Facebook, Twitter and YouTube removed the video from their platforms over Trump's false election claim. Twitter said his account would be locked for the next 12 hours and threatened him with "permanent suspension". Facebook announced it would block him from posting for 24 hours.

  • Other riots instigated by Trump supporters were staged outside legislatures in states including Georgia, New Mexico, Ohio and California, leading some to be evacuated. Some scuffles broke out but most demonstrations were small and led to only a few arrests.

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