The top Democrats in Congress — House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) — on Thursday called for President Trump’s immediate removal from office, either by his Cabinet or possibly through impeachment.

“By inciting sedition as he did yesterday, he must be removed for office. While there’s only 13 days left, any day could be a horror show for America,” Pelosi told reporters on Capitol Hill.

In the evening, Trump released a two-and-a-half-minute video, calling for tempers to cool, acknowledging there will be a new administration Jan. 20 and saying he is now focused on a “smooth, orderly, seamless transition of power.”

“Serving as your president has been the honor of my lifetime,” he said, a tacit acknowledgment that his presidency is over.

Here’s what to know:

  • Members of Congress, shaken and angry following a violent assault on the Capitol by a mob of Trump’s supporters, put a final stamp on Biden’s victory early Thursday and brought an end to a historically turbulent post-election period.
  • An array of top Trump aides weighed resigning, and some senior administration officials began conversations about invoking the 25th Amendment — an extraordinary measure that would remove the president before his term expires Jan. 20.
  • Trump Cabinet members, Education Secretary Betsy DeVos and Transportation Secretary Elaine Chao, resigned in response to the violent takeover of the Capitol by pro-Trump supporters.
  • House Sergeant at Arms Paul Irving and Senate Sergeant of Arms Michael Stenger resigned in wake of Capitol siege. Capitol Chief of Police Steven Sund is expected to step down on Jan. 16.
  • Biden announced federal judge Merrick B. Garland, as his pick for attorney general and told him, “You don’t work for me,” a reference to Trump’s politicization of the Justice Department.
  • Election results are under attack. Here are the facts.