A small group of House lawmakers comes close to physically fighting as the congressional count of electoral votes stretched into the wee hours and a Pennsylvania Democrat charges that Republicans had been telling “lies” about his state’s votes.
Rep. Morgan Griffiths of Virginia objected after Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb says a breach of the Capitol by an angry mob was “inspired by lies, the same lies you are hearing in this room tonight.”
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi shoots down the objection, but a few minutes later Republicans and Democrats stream to the middle aisle, with around a dozen lawmakers getting close to each other and arguing. But the group quickly breaks up when Pelosi calls for order on the floor.
WATCH: Tempers flare in the US House chamber as Republican lawmakers shout over Rep. Conor Lamb, temporarily causing benches to empty, for accusing Republicans of lying about why President Trump lost Pennsylvania. pic.twitter.com/WsOQJtyiUb
— NBC News (@NBCNews) January 7, 2021
US President Donald Trump has falsely claimed there was widespread fraud in Pennsylvania and other states and Republicans have echoed those claims as they have challenged electoral votes.