The future forty sixth President of the United States was accompanied by his spouse Jill Biden, Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in addition to Republican Senate chief Mitch McConnell and House chief Kevin McCarthy.
Violinist Patricia Treacy, soprano Renée Fleming and the St. Augustine Gospel Choir have been to carry out through the mass.
Biden, 78, shall be sworn in shortly earlier than midday (1700 GMT) exterior the Capitol, which was focused in a lethal assault by pro-Trump protesters precisely two weeks in the past.
The assault led to the historic second impeachment of Donald Trump by the Democrat-controlled House of Representatives. He is the primary president ever to have been impeached twice.
His impeachment trial is now scheduled to happen within the Senate, however the date has not but been set.
McCarthy and McConnell, lengthy loyal allies of the Republican billionaire, had harsh phrases for him after the Capitol assault.
McCarthy stated Trump “bears accountability” for inciting the riot and will have instantly denounced the gang when he noticed what was taking place — however added that he thought impeachment was a “mistake,” and voted in opposition to it.
McConnell, in a powerful break with Trump, didn’t rule out discovering the president responsible on the Senate trial.
“The mob was fed lies,” the senator from Kentucky stated in a speech on the Senate ground Tuesday.
“They have been provoked by the president and different highly effective individuals.
“And they tried to make use of concern and violence to cease” the certification by Congress of Democrat Joe Biden’s November 3 election victory, McConnell stated.