(Note: Congressman Michael Cloud released the following statement in his Jan. 7 weekly newsletter regarding the breach of the U.S. Capitol.)

“The violence that occurred at the U.S. Capitol yesterday is heartbreaking. I had the opportunity late yesterday evening to review the video of what had been going on, after it was deemed safe for Members to leave our undisclosed, secure location. We have inherited such a gift as Americans, and I am grieved by what we saw.

“The violence and intimidation on display undermines the very objectives of a free and functioning Republic and has absolutely no place here. A number of Capitol Police took the brunt of the violence. Please continue to keep them and their families in their prayers.

“Three days ago, I once again took a solemn oath to ‘support and defend the Constitution of the United States.’ And despite yesterday’s events, Congress persevered and held one of the most important votes regarding the Constitution and the Republic, which rest upon it - that of certifying the Electoral College results sent from the states.

“I objected to seating the electors in five states where major unconstitutional election changes happened. Although ultimately Congress certified the results, I believe light needs to be shed on the critical issues I and others have raised about the election process.”

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