“I think it’s critically important that there be a real, serious focus on holding those folks who engaged in sedition and threatened people’s lives, defaced public property, caused great damage, that they be held accountable,” Biden said.
House Democrats are planing to vote Wednesday to impeach Trump for his role in last week’s riots, and formally introduced their impeachment resolution Monday charging Trump with “incitement of insurrection.”
In the hours leading up to the violence on Wednesday at the Capitol, Trump urged his supporters to fight against the ceremonial counting of the electoral votes that was taking place in the building at the time, repeating lies about the election being stolen from him and promising to join them.
If there is a Senate trial, Biden spoke about the possibility of the Senate spending half of the day “dealing with the impeachment, and half day getting my people nominated and confirmed in the Senate, as well as moving on the package.”
“That’s my hope and expectation,” Biden said.
“This inauguration marks a new chapter for the American people — one of healing, of unifying, of coming together, of an America united,” said Tony Allen, the committee’s chief executive officer.
The committee said one of Biden’s first acts as President, along with Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and their spouses, will be to lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier at Arlington Cemetery. In a show of bipartisanship and unity, they will be joined by former Presidents Barack Obama, George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, as well as former first ladies Michelle Obama, Laura Bush and Hillary Clinton, all of whom will attend the inauguration.
CNN’s Geneva Sands and Barbara Starr contributed to this report.