US Vice President is escorted off the Senate floor during the certification of the electoral votes, after a mob of Donald Trump supporters riots outside the US Capitol, causing security forces to declare a lockdown of the building.
The session goes to recess.
The US Capitol Police are also evacuating some congressional office buildings due to “police activity” as thousands gather outside the Capitol to protest the electoral vote.
Police told congressional staff members they should evacuate the Cannon House Office Building and the building that houses the Library of Congress. It wasn’t immediately clear what specifically sparked the evacuation.
A police spokeswoman did not immediately respond to calls and emails seeking comment.
Thousands of people have descended on the US Capitol as Congress is expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential win. Videos posted online showed protesters fighting with US Capitol Police officers as police fired pepper spray to keep them back.
Outside the Capitol, which is now on lockdown.
— Washingtonian (@washingtonian) January 6, 2021