WASHINGTON DC, January 7. / TASS /. The US Department of Defense will fulfill its responsibility to ensure the timely and peaceful transfer of power to Democratic President-elect Joseph Biden on January 20, the acting head of the Pentagon Christopher Miller twitted on Thursday.
He wrote that the Defense Department will continue to fulfill its duties in accordance with the taken oath and will conduct a timely and peaceful transfer of power to President-elect Biden on January 20. Miller also condemned the violence on Capital Hill on January 6, and emphasized that these actions are contrary to the principles of the American constitution. "I categorically condemn such acts of violence against our democracy," he said. Miller went on to say that the functioning of the republican bodies may have been disrupted, but this did not undermine the determination of the legislators to work for the good of the people.
Democrat Joseph Biden won the US Presidential election, according to the final official figures. The Senate and House of Representatives of the US Congress began on January 6 a joint meeting to approve the election results, but it was interrupted for several hours after supporters of the incumbent broke into the Capitol building. Lawmakers managed to get together again after law enforcement officers cleared the Capitol of protesters. Biden was eventually confirmed as the winner of the election. His inauguration is scheduled for January 20. According to police, during the protests. four people were killed, at over 50 law enforcement officers were injured, and over 70 people detained.