Video from inside the Capitol showed Trump supporters marching through Statuary Hall. The US Capitol Police is asking for additional law enforcement for assistance in containing the protests, including federal authorities, per a source familiar.
The protests and the breach are ongoing, but here's what we know so far:
- How the protests started: Shortly after 1 p.m. ET hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers "traitors" for doing their jobs. About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building.
- Evacuations ordered: Congress went into recess, halting the certification process, and the House floor was evacuated. Vice President Mike Pence, who was overseeing the vote on the Electoral College results, has also been evacuated.
- DC will have a curfew tonight: Washington, DC, will be under a curfew starting at 6:00 p.m. ET, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced. It will remain in effect until 6:00 a.m. Thursday.
- What Trump is saying: The President tweeted his reaction to the current scene unfolding on Capitol Hill. "Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!" Earlier in the day, in the hours before the Capitol was breached, President Trump encouraged his supporters to protest at the US Capitol.