US Capitol Hill Siege Highlights: A US Capitol police officer, Brian Sicknick late on Thursday died due to injuries sustained fighting the pro-Trump rioters attacking the building on Wednesday, US Capitol Police said. In a statement the police said, “Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, in the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters.” At least five people have now died in the violence, while 52 people were arrested.
Outgoing US President Donald Trump took a different tone on Thursday and strongly opposed the “heinous attack” on the Capitol, saying he was “outraged by the violence, lawlessness and mayhem.” In a video address, Trump expressed his staunch opposition to the “intruders” and condemned the violence that threatened American democracy.
“America is and must always be a nation of law and order, to those who engage in the acts of violence and destruction you do not represent our country,” Trump said in his first public comments after Twitter blocked his account.
A swarm of resignations have surfaced since the storming of the Capitol by Trump supporters. US cabinet members — Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transport Secretary Elaine Chao– put in their resignations after being “deeply troubled” by the situation. A day earlier a number of senior White House staffers, including US Deputy National Security Advisor, first lady’s chief of staff among others resigned over the Capitol Hill violence. US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund has too announced his resignation after facing criticism for failing to prevent the attack.
Meanwhile, Democrats are inching closer to getting Donald Trump impeached for the second time after his allegations of election fraud in the 2020 elections instigated a mob to breach the walls of the US Capitol. “The president’s dangerous and seditious acts necessitate his immediate removal from office, speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said in a statement calling for immediate impeachment proceedings against the president.