WASHINGTON, D.C. (KFOR) – Oklahoma U.S. House Representatives are confirming their safety to KFOR as violent protesters continue to breach the Capitol during the electoral college confirmation vote. The Congressional leaders, as well as state officials, are denouncing the mob’s violent actions.
Congress began the joint session at 1 p.m. ET to count and confirm the Electoral College vote won by Biden, while thousands of supporters of President Donald Trump rallied near the White House.
Trump’s Republican allies in the House and Senate had planned to object to the election results, which the president continues to challenge. The effort will likely fail and be defeated by bipartisan majorities in Congress who are prepared to accept the election results.
The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump and police.
An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s victory. Due to an “external security threat,” no one could enter or exit the Capitol complex, the recording said.
Both chambers abruptly went into recess.
Officials with Markwayne Mullin’s office and Kevin Hern’s office say both representatives are safe. Mullin can be seen at the barricade of the House Chamber as representatives draw their weapons.
Oklahoma Congressional Delegation members took to social media to comment on the volatile situation at the Capitol:
KFOR has reached out to the entire Oklahoma Delegation for further comment about their safety and what is transpiring at the Capitol. This story will be updated as we receive confirmation.
Oklahoma officials have also commented publicly in response to the violent protests:
Oklahoma Attorney General Mike Hunter issued the following statement about the violence at the Capitol:
“The violence at the U.S. Capitol is appalling and unacceptable. I echo the sentiments of Vice President Mike Pence, who said ‘peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.’
I hope Oklahomans join me in praying for those hurt in today’s attack on the Capitol, the safety of those attempting to restore order and pray for peace and healing for our nation.”Oklahoma Attorney Mike Hunter
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