Capitol aftermath: Trump, in Thursday evening address, condemns violent attack, says he’ll focus on peaceful transition. Kennesaw woman among five dead. His legal team drops all election challenges in Georgia courts. Continuing updates.

Capitol aftermath: Trump, in Thursday evening address, condemns violent attack, says he’ll focus on peaceful transition. Kennesaw woman among five dead. His legal team drops all election challenges in Georgia courts. Continuing updates.

Trump, in taped address, condemns Wednesday’s assault on the Capitol, says his focus will be on a peaceful transition to President-elect Joe Biden.

A Kennesaw woman is among the five people who have died following the assault on the Capitol. WSB

Loeffler, in video, concedes to Warnock. Loeffler


Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger

 

Trump team drops all Georgia legal challenges: From the Secretary of State’s Office: President Trump and Georgia GOP Chairman David Shafer’s legal team folded Thursday and voluntarily dismissed their election contests against Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger rather than submit their evidence to a court and to cross-examination. However, even in capitulation, they continue to spread disinformation.

The President’s legal team falsely characterizes the dismissal of their lawsuits as “due to an out of court settlement agreement.” However, correspondence sent to Trump’s legal team prior to the dismissals makes perfectly clear that there is no settlement agreement. The Trump legal voluntarily dismissed their lawsuits rather than presenting their evidence in court in a trial scheduled for tomorrow in front of Cobb County Superior Court Judge Adele Grubbs.

“Rather than presenting their evidence and witnesses to a court and to cross-examination under oath, the Trump campaign wisely decided the smartest course was to dismiss their frivolous cases,” Raffensperger said.

The withdrawals came after Raffensperger sent a letter to Congress on Wednesday containing point-by-point refutation of the false claims made by the President and his allies. Late last night, Congress accepted Georgia’s slate of electors without objection, as no Senator joined in Congressman Jody Hice’s objection to Georgia’s electors.

“Spreading disinformation about elections is dangerous and wrong,” said Secretary Raffensperger. “It was wrong when Stacey Abrams and her allies made false claims about Georgia’s election processes following the 2018 election and run-up to the 2020 election, and it’s wrong when the President and his allies are doing it now.”

The President’s lawyers also voluntarily dismissed three other lawsuits against Raffensperger in various courts rather than submit to certain repudiation:

• Trump v. Kemp in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Georgia,
• Still v. Raffensperger et al in the Superior Court of Fulton County and
• Boland v. Raffensperger et al in the Supreme Court of Georgia.

Those dismissals were not pursuant to a settlement agreement either.


EARLIER

  • Biden/Harris official, ‘orderly transition’ promised. After Congress formalizes President-elect Biden’s victory early Thursday morning, Trump says in statement that “there will be an orderly transition” on Jan. 20. nbcnews.to/3pXSeqI
  • FBI investigating Capitol violence. FBI says it “is seeking information that will assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, DC.” nbcnews.to/3hPKG6u
  • Loeffler stands down from challenge: U.S. Sen. Kelly Loeffler, R-Ga., who planned to challenge the Biden/Harris win, did not do so Wednesday night: “I fully intended to object to the certification of the electoral votes. However, the events that have transpired today have forced me to reconsider, and I cannot now in good conscience object to the certification of these electors.”
  • Raffensperger’s letter to Congress: The correspondence regarding the 2020 Presidential Election in Georgia that Secretary of State Brad Raffensperger sent to Vice President Pence and other leaders in Congress. The full text of the letter is available here.
  • ‘Let us in!’: What happened after President Trump told his supporters to swarm Congress. nbcnews.to/3hPQo8t
  • Washington, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser extends public emergency order for 15 days, expiring a day after the inauguration.
  • The National Guard in Washington will be placed on a 30-day mobilization, ensuring they will be on the ground through the presidential inauguration and beyond, according to two defense officials. nbcnews.to/39et7cJ

EARLIER:

On a day his election as president was to be formalized, President-elect Joe Biden instead was pleading for an end of violence. Said Biden on Wednesday afternoon: “Let me be very clear: the scenes of chaos at the Capitol do not represent who we are. What we are seeing is a small number of extremists dedicated to lawlessness. This is not dissent, it’s disorder. It borders on sedition, and it must end. Now.”

Gov. Brian Kemp, Lt. Gov. Geoff Duncan and Speaker of the House David Ralston strongly condemned the violence at the U.S. Capitol. Security was increased at several state government offices on Wednesday.


Floyd County GOP: No comments posted a of 5:20 a.m. Thursday.


Trinity United Methodist Church held a prayer vigil Wednesday evening ‘for our community and our nation,’ says Pastor Nanci McNeil Hicks.


Matt DuVall, senior pastor of First Baptist Church of Rome, posted the following. The full text is above:

“I am absolutely disgusted and appalled by the actions of the domestic terrorists who have taken over our nation’s capital and have stripped our nation of the dignity of a peaceful transition of power, but I am not surprised. This is where the rhetoric leads that maintains the legacy of white supremacy and encourages groups like the proud boys…  I am praying for the safety of all who are in harm’s way not only in our nation’s capital but in the capitals across our country that are under assault, and I am praying for safety those whose job is to protect and serve the greater good and put their lives on the line.”


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