Duckworth: Senate Staffer Safeguarded Electoral College Votes From Trump Mob
The angry Trump terrorist mob that invaded the U.S. Capitol today may have thought it was going to permanently, fatally disrupt the certification of Joe Biden as the next president of the United States today, but it was outsmarted by a quick thinking Senate aide.
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) told CBS News in a telephone interview late Wednesday afternoon that as she and other members of Congress were being evacuated from the Senate and House chambers one Senate staffer had the presence of mind to take with her the Electoral College ballots. “One of the staff members was very, very quick thinking and she was able to grab and secure the Electoral College ballots and take them with her,” Duckworth said. “We have them with us and will be able to proceed as soon as they call us back into session.”
U.S. Capitol Police, along with police officers from neighboring Virginia and Maryland, late Wednesday afternoon began using flash bang grenades and tear gas to force the remaining Trump-incited rioters from the Capitol complex to perhaps enable the Congress to resume its work tonight on certifying the election results. Before that could happen law enforcement would need to conduct a thorough search of building since protestors invaded the Senate chamber and occupied and ransacked the offices of a number of lawmakers, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.)
Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-IL) tells @CBSNews a “quick-thinking” staff member grabbed the Electoral College ballots:
“So we have them with us, and we will be able to proceed as long as Mitch McConnell calls us back into session.” pic.twitter.com/PYrciaNA74
— The Recount (@therecount) January 6, 2021