Congress finalizes Biden's win after riot disrupts Capitol

By Meg Wagner, Melissa Macaya, Mike Hayes, Melissa Mahtani, Veronica Rocha and Fernando Alfonso III, CNN

Updated 5:15 p.m. ET, January 7, 2021
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3:44 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

White House: Trump has directed National Guard and other "federal protective services" to respond to riot

From CNN's Maureen Chowdhury and Ryan Nobles

White House Press Secretary tweeted that President Trump has directed the National Guard and other "federal protective services" to assist with responding to the rioters at the US Capitol.

"We reiterate President Trump's call against violence and to remain peaceful," she tweeted.

Virginia is sending 200 state troopers and mobilizing a unit of the Guard to quell the situation at the US Capitol, according to Clark Mercer, chief of staff for Gov. Ralph Northam.

3:43 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Vice President Pence calls for rioters to leave the Capitol building

From CNN’s Allie Malloy with Nicky Robertson

After rioters stormed the US Capitol building, Vice President Mike Pence is now calling for an end to violence and for people to respect law enforcement and leave the building. 

“The violence and destruction taking place at the US Capitol Must Stop and it Must Stop Now. Anyone involved must respect Law Enforcement officers and immediately leave the building,” Pence tweeted. 

He continued: “Peaceful protest is the right of every American but this attack on our Capitol will not be tolerated and those involved will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.”

Read his tweets:

3:43 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Former Trump official demands anyone participating in violence be arrested

From CNN's Zachary Cohen

President Trump’s former acting Director of National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, called for police to immediately arrest anyone participating in violence at the US Capitol Building, calling such acts “unAmerican.”

“Anyone participating in violence must be arrested. Immediately. This is unacceptable. And unAmerican,” he tweeted Wednesday. 

Grenell is among a handful of current and former Trump officials who have condemned the violence unfolding at the US Capitol.

While the President has tweeted about the situation, his calls for protesters to “remain peaceful” have been criticized by lawmakers in his own party as insufficient. 

3:38 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Rioters are breaking windows at the US Capitol

Video taken at the US Capitol showed some rioters breaking the glass of a window and then climbing through the shattered pane.

Here's how CNN's Dana Bash described the footage:

"We're actually looking at video right now of these anarchists ... these people who were involved in this insurrection. They broke the glass in the United States Capitol and now they are climbing through the window."

Watch the moment:

3:37 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Trump being urged to do more on chaos unfolding on Capitol Hill, but so far has refused

From CNN's Kaitlan Collins and Jim Acosta

Aides are urging President Trump to put out a stronger statement in response to the chaos unfolding on Capitol Hill after his supporters breached security barriers. He has so far declined, beyond his latest tweet, as he is watching coverage from the West Wing. 

Earlier this afternoon, White House officials had told CNN that a statement on the ongoing riots in the US Capitol was coming soon. 

3:40 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

GOP lawmaker says he spoke to Trump about "unacceptable" rioters

From CNN's Kevin Liptak 

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Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images

Republican House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy said he spoke with President Trump about the rioters who have breached the US Capitol.

"I called him. I think we need to make a statement. Make sure that we can calm individuals down. Now, I don't know who these people are. Remember, when you have a big crowd, people who can get in to a crowd, I don't know who they are, I don't have any reports," he said. 

However, many people in the crowd were seen wearing red MAGA hats, and carrying Trump campaign paraphernalia. 

McCarthy made the comments in an interview on FOX News, adding, "Whatever is happening is unacceptable. They came here to protest peacefully. They could be hurt. What is happening right now is unacceptable." 

Asked what the President said when he called him, McCarthy said, "He put out a tweet as well. For people to stay safe and people to not do this. I explained what was going on." 

McCarthy said Trump is "getting reports of what is happening. He did not accept people doing this type of the behavior. I know he's getting reports as well. I wanted to give him a first hand report." 

3:37 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Rioters have been cleared from the Senate

From CNN's Ted Barrett, Ali Zaslav and Manu Raju

The Senate floor has been cleared of rioters, and an officer told CNN that they have successfully squeezed them away from the Senate wing of the building and towards the Rotunda, and they are removing them out the East and West doors of the Capitol.

Things appear to be calm on the Senate side.

It's uncertain what the situation is in the House.

3:33 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Biden expected to address Washington riots and crisis in afternoon remarks

From CNN's Jeff Zeleny

President-elect Joe Biden is at The Queen theater in downtown Wilmington, Delaware, where he was giving remarks on Covid-19, the economy and the Georgia election results.

An aide tells CNN that Biden has been monitoring and is expected to address the violent protests escalating in Washington.

He had planned to say “it’s time to turn the page,” as he expressed in his morning statement, but his exact words are still being considered.

3:37 p.m. ET, January 6, 2021

Republican lawmaker says "despicable" Capitol riots were started by not telling people the truth

Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger said riots at the Capitol were fueled by conspiracy theories, calling them "utterly despicable." He urged Republican leaders to "call it out forcefully" and hold people accountable.

"When you don't tell people the truth, you end up getting people to believe the conspiracies and the false proof, and you get Capitol storms like the one today. This is absolutely, utterly despicable, and every single Republican leader has got to call this out forcefully and be held accountable," Kinzinger told CNN.

"Anywhere else around the globe, we would call this a coup attempt. I think that's what this is," he added.

But Kinzinger said that he believes the democracy will prevail in the end.

"The guardrails of the democracy and the constitution will hold and we will succeed, and I think when this is over, we will look back and realize where this cancer has come from and go after it," he said.

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