US Capitol declared ‘secure’ after police clear it of Trump protesters

Officials have declared the US Capitol complex “secure” after heavily armed police moved to end a nearly four-hour violent occupation by supporters of President Donald Trump.

An announcement saying “the Capitol is secure” rings out inside a secure location for officials of the House. Lawmakers applaud.

The occupation interrupted Congress’ Electoral College count that will formalize President-elect Joe Biden’s upcoming inauguration on January 20.

Lawmakers were evacuated to secure locations around the Capitol complex and Washington, DC after thousands of Trump supporters breached the building and skirmished with police officers.

Lawmakers have signaled that they would resume the constitutionally mandated count as soon as it was safe to do so.