PBA President Issues Statement About Violence at U.S. Capitol

HARRISUBRG (Jan. 6, 2021) — Pennsylvania Bar Association President David E. Schwager has issued the following statement regarding today’s violence in Washington, D.C.:

“We stand with other organized bar associations to condemn today’s assault on the U.S. Capitol. Storming our nation’s Capitol to disrupt the process to certify the Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris is criminal conduct.

All duly-elected leaders of this country of all political parties, including the President of the United States, must come together to condemn the violent storming of protestors into the sacred halls of the U.S. Capitol, including the chambers of Congress.

Prior claims of election impropriety were investigated. Multiple courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court and our courts in Pennsylvania, weighed in on multiple lawsuits. All were thrown out because no significant voter fraud was found.

We must come together as a country to recognize that the 2020 election was conducted fairly and cease the veiled comments and unfounded theories that are meant to incite anger and, as seen today, violence.

We must remember that our democracy depends upon our following of the rule of law.

We must remain focused on the messages we send to not only our fellow citizens but to people around the world. We must demonstrate to the world that our role as the leader among the democracies of the world remains intact.

We must have a peaceful transition of power from one president to the next. As of January 20, Joe Biden will be our president and Kamala Harris will be our vice president. This is the will of the clear majority of American voters and the individual states that make up the Electoral College.”