Pence rushed out of Senate chamber as protesters storm Capitol

Clay Curtis
January 22, 2021

He called on Trump to demand "an end to this siege". Their reporter was walking with members of Congress, exiting alongside them.

And march towards the Capitol they certainly did. The graceful Rotunda reeked of tear gas.

Rioters broke windows and besieged the House chamber while lawmakers were inside, banging on its doors. As the rally went on, the crowd turned violent and overran Capitol police and barricades to force entry to the building. Since the District of Columbia has special federal status, Guard troops in the nation's capital are directly under the president's control, rather than local authorities.

There is now a dramatic situation unfolding at the Capitol Building.

"Stay peaceful!" But Trump did not tell his supporters to leave the Capitol building and surrounding area.

Pence, who has insisted he can not overturn the results of the election despite pressure for the president, was presiding over the electoral college vote when protesters stormed the building and he was shepherded to safety.

As Trump went after Pence via Twitter, his protesters swarmed the Capitol building, clashing with police in the process.

UPDATE 1: 10 p.m. PST: President-elect Joe Biden spoke on the Capitol Hill "mob", calling for President Trump to "step up" and "defend the constitution".

Trump had appeared to stoke conflict in a speech Wednesday before some supporters stormed the Capitol.

A police officer has eyes flushed with water after a confrontation with demonstrators, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, at the Capitol in Washington.

Adam Kinzinger, a member of the House of Representatives for the Republican Party, used his Twitter account to call for the 25th amendment to be used in order to get Donald Trump removed from office.

Hillary Clinton wants Trump’s phone calls heard
As Chelsea Clinton said, her mother attended Biden's inauguration alongside former president Bill Clinton . Clinton called for an investigation of the riots.

Donald Trump has asked for calm and told the protestors to vacate the Capitol.

An unarmed female Trump supporter was shot and killed by the police, during the melee.

"They better be ready to do that if it continues because you can not have a president basically leading an insurrection against our own country's government", Klobuchar said on CBS.

Dozens of people breached security perimeters at the Capitol and lawmakers inside the House chamber were told to put on gas masks as tear gas was sacked in the Rotunda. Some House lawmakers tweeted they were sheltering in place in their offices. He warned the country "cannot keep drifting apart into two separate tribes" with "separate facts". "The voters, the courts, and the states have all spoken.If we overrule them, it would damage our republic forever". During a final huddle in the Oval Office on Tuesday, Pence again made clear that his powers do not allow him to block certification of Biden's win.

Still, Trump vowed to he would "never concede" and urged the massive crowd to march to the Capitol where hundreds had already gathered under tight security.

"We will never give up".

A joint session of Congress has been counting and confirming electoral college votes.

"Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!"

January 6th is the day that the Electoral College votes are counted and the man who will be sworn in as president on January 20 is finally officially announced.

Trump had pressed Pence to throw out election results in states the president narrowly lost, although Pence has no authority to do so. All the states have certified their results as fair and accurate, by Republican and Democratic officials alike. Then the chaos erupted.

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