Supporters of President Donald Trump have breached the protecting barricade across the US Capitol because the joint session of Congress convened to depend electoral votes that may formally make Democrat Joe Biden the following president.
As Vice President Mike Pence opened the joint session of the Senate and the Home of Representatives in Washington, DC on Wednesday, protesters exterior pressed in opposition to the police holding the perimeter fence on Capitol Hill.
Inside minutes, police have been in retreat and the protesters have been storming the complicated.
“Hundreds” of individuals have been concerned, and the police appeared unable to cease them.
Troopers in uniforms and with weapons – presumably the DC Nationwide Guard that Mayor Muriel Bowser had requested earlier this week – might be seen in one of many movies.
Bearing US and Trump flags, the protesters gathered exterior the westward-facing steps of the Capitol.
Folks working within the close by congressional workplace buildings have been instructed to evacuate “as a consequence of police exercise.”
Inside, various Republican lawmakers have mentioned they might object to certifying election outcomes from half a dozen states the place Trump has alleged fraud and irregularities. Minutes earlier than opening the joint session of Congress, nevertheless, Pence mentioned he didn’t imagine he had the authority to unilaterally throw out electoral votes, as some hoped he would possibly do.