US Capitol enters lockdown as pro-Trump protesters storm building

US Capitol enters lockdown as pro-Trump protesters storm building


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Pro-Trump protesters have stormed the US Capitol building, effectively halting a vote to certify the results of the 2020 election. The Capitol is currently on lockdown, and both Vice President Mike Pence and Senate president pro tempore Chuck Grassley (R-IA) have been evacuated, among other lawmakers.

Two nearby federal buildings (Cannon and Madison) have also been evacuated as have private residences near Capitol Hill.

Information from within the Capitol remains uneven, but it appears the mob has also breached certain congressional offices and the main Senate floor. Tear gas has reportedly been deployed in the rotunda in an effort to secure the building. There have also been reports of gunfire within the chambers.

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