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Paul Ryan will attend Biden's inauguration

Former House Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanRevising the pardon power — let the Speaker and Congress have voices Paul Ryan will attend Biden's inauguration COVID-19 relief bill: A promising first act for immigration reform MORE (R-Wis.) is planning on attending President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE’s inauguration in less than two weeks, an aide to Ryan confirmed to The Hill. 

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel first reported Ryan’s plans, which were later confirmed to The Hill by longtime Ryan aide Kevin Seifert.  

“The peaceful transition of power is a hallmark of American democracy, and that's why Speaker Ryan feels it is important to attend,” Seifert said in a statement to The Hill. 

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The aide added that Ryan made the decision earlier this week to attend the Jan. 20 ceremony in person after receiving an invitation from the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies, chaired by Sen. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntUS Chamber of Commerce to stop supporting some lawmakers following the Capitol riots Senate to be briefed on inauguration security after Capitol attack This week: Democrats barrel toward Trump impeachment after Capitol attack MORE (R-Mo.). 

Seifert said that Ryan’s RSVP came ahead of Wednesday’s riots that roiled the Capitol, as well as President TrumpDonald TrumpLil Wayne gets 11th hour Trump pardon Trump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Trump expected to pardon Bannon: reports MORE’s announcement that he would not attend the inauguration of his successor. 

"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” Trump tweeted Friday. 

Vice President Pence is expected to attend the event in some capacity, a source said Thursday, though his office maintained he had not been formally invited.

A spokesperson for the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies said the outgoing president and vice president are never “formally invited” to the ceremonies. Sitting presidents have traditionally attended their successors' inaugurations as a display of support for the peaceful transfer of power.

Trump Thursday evening for the first time since the November election acknowledged his electoral defeat. But before then, he had repeated claims that the election was “stolen” from him. Federal and state election officials have stated that the 2020 election was one of the safest in American history, adding that there was no evidence of widespread voter fraud. 

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Five people died amid the chaos Wednesday on Capitol Hill, including a police officer who suffered injuries and a woman who was shot by a plainclothes officer.

Ryan responded to Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick’s death in a Friday tweet, calling the officer “a true patriot.” 

“He gave his life to protect the business of the People,” Ryan added. “We must never forget his sacrifice & serve justice to his killer.” 

The U.S. Capitol Police said in a statement that Sicknick was injured “while physically engaging with protesters” during the Wednesday riot.

While Ryan has largely kept a low profile since retiring from Congress in 2019, he released a statement last Sunday condemning the efforts by a group of congressional Republicans to overturn the 2020 election results. 

“It is difficult to conceive of a more anti-democratic and anti-conservative act than a federal intervention to overturn the results of state-certified elections and disenfranchise millions of Americans,” Ryan wrote in the statement. 

“The Trump campaign had ample opportunity to challenge election results, and those efforts failed from lack of evidence,” the statement continued, before adding that “Joe Biden’s victory is entirely legitimate.”