Curating the day’s top stories so you don’t have to.
1. The Trump riot by the numbers:
- 56: Number of police officers injured
- 15: Number of police officers hospitalized
- 11: Number of Molotov cocktails recovered
- 5: Number of deaths
- 2: Number of pipe bombs discovered
- 1: Number of police officers killed
2. Republican members of Congress objected to the certification of Arizona and Pennsylvania’s votes last night, but Joe Biden’s victory was ultimately certified and validated in the late hours.
Final vote tallies were as follows:
Arizona: 303-121 (House); 93-6 (Senate)
Pennsylvania: 282-138 (House); 92-7 (Senate)
The six Republican senators who objected to Arizona’s certification were Cruz, Hawley, Hyde-Smith, Kennedy, Marshall, and Tuberville, and the seven who objected to the certification of Pennsylvania’s results were Cruz, Hawley, Hyde-Smith, Marshall, Tuberville, Lummis, and Rick Scott.
3. There has been a rash of resignations over the past 24 hours as members of the Trump administration grapple with his role in the insurrection.
Said resignations include:
- Elaine Chao, Transportation Secretary
- Matt Pottinger, Deputy National Security Adviser
- Mick Mulvaney, Special Envoy to Northern Ireland and former White House Chief of Staff
- Stephanie Grisham, First Lady’s Chief of Staff
- Anna Cristina Niceta, White House Social Secretary
- Sarah Matthews, White House Press Aide
- Ryan Tully, NSC Sr. Director
- John Costello, Commerce Department Deputy Assistant Secretary
- Tyler Godspeed, Counsel of Economic Advisers Chairman
- Betsy DeVos, Education Secretary
Trump’s attorney in the Pennsylvania lawsuit also requested to withdraw from his case, stating that his “client has used the lawyer’s services to perpetrate a crime and the client insists upon taking action that the lawyer considers repugnant.”
4. Amidst the resignations and ensuing discussion, leaders have begun to call for the invocation of the 25th Amendment, citing the urgency and importance of removing Trump from office.
Influential figures voicing support for invoking the 25th include:
- Adam Kinzinger, Republican representative
- The National Association of Manufacturers and CEO Jay Timmons, a former Republican political operative
- Karl Racine, D.C. Attorney General
- William Cohen, former Republican senator
- Phil Scott, Republican governor of Vermont
- Paul Mitchell, former Republican representative
- Denver Riggleman, former Republican representative
- John Kelly, Trump’s former Chief of Staff
- Charlie Crist, former Republican, current representative
- Larry Hogan, Republican governor of Maryland
5. Joe Biden announced a host of nominations for the Department of Justice, with Merrick Garland for Attorney General being the foremost among them. You will remember Merrick Garland as the man who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Obama in the wake of Antonin Scalia’s death, but never received a vote due to the refusal of Senate Republicans to hold a hearing in an election year.