Four Dead, Police Injured, Dozens Arrested After Siege At The U.S. Capitol



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Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday and quickly overran unprepared Capitol police on the scene. Lawmakers and other staffers on site had to be evacuated after rioters breached the building.

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Rioters damaged the U.S. Capitol building after they breeched security and entered the building during a session of Congress. Lawmakers and other workers in the building had to hide for hours before heavily armed police cleared the building.

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Rioters damaged the U.S. Capitol building after they breeched security and entered the building during a session of Congress. Lawmakers and other workers in the building had to hide for hours before heavily armed police cleared the building.

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Protesters that violated Bowser’s 6 p.m. citywide 12-hour curfew were largely dispersed from the Capitol grounds or arrested by late Wednesday.

Contee said not all people that gained entry into the Capitol building were taken into custody.

D.C. police will be releasing information later Thursday asking the public’s help identifying individuals who breached the Capitol so that they «can be held accountable,» he said.

It’s unclear whether Capitol Police arrested additional suspects that infiltrated the capitol and have yet to report those arrests. A representative for Capitol police didn’t immediately respond to a request for information.

Videos taken of the chaos appeared to show at best an unprepared police force easily overrun by rioters and at worst, one that appeared to acquiesce to the mob. Unverified videos shared on social media showed a police officer taking selfies with some rioters that entered the Capitol and another appeared to show officers moving barricades to allow a large crowd of people to approach the building.

Capitol Police officers, which usually number around 2,300, have jurisdiction over Congress and its grounds. According to D.C. law, Metropolitan Police can only make arrests on Capitol grounds with the consent or at the request of Capitol Police.

A review will begin immediately to determine how security at the Capitol was compromised, Bowser said.

«I’m sure we’re going to spend a lot of time working with our partners including in leadership about the security of the building. We are focused however right now on making sure the members can do their work,» Bowser said.

Lawmakers already promised a full investigation into the actions by Capitol Police Wednesday.

California Democrat Rep. Zoe Lofgren, chairwoman of the House Administration Committee, said the breach «raises grave security concerns.» She said her committee would work with bipartisan House and Senate leadership to address concerns and review the response in the coming days.

The FBI has set up a tip line website for information tied to the riots. The agency said it’s seeking information to «assist in identifying individuals who are actively instigating violence in Washington, D.C.»

Political repercussions

Hours after Trump’s supporters laid siege to an entire branch of government with the apparent aim of keeping him in office in defiance of results of the Nov. 3 election, the president issued a statement early Thursday morning that conceded «there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.»

Statement by President Donald J. Trump on the Electoral Certification:

“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th. I have always said we would continue our…

— Dan Scavino??? (@DanScavino) January 7, 2021

However, that promise came too late for several top advisors at the White House, who cited the president’s response to the siege as the reason for their departure. Some advisors resigned from their posts, with less than two weeks to go in their jobs.

Stephanie Grisham, the chief of staff for first lady Melania Trump, submitted her resignation effective immediately. As did White House social secretary Anna Cristina Niceta and White House Press Aide Sarah Matthews.

Deputy national security adviser Matt Pottinger reportedly also resigned Wednesday, according to Bloomberg News.

Some lawmakers, including Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) have called for Trump’s impeachment for his «open sedition.»

Today, Rep. Omar announced articles of impeachment against Donald Trump.

Full statement below. pic.twitter.com/LbEPHBkv5O

— Rep. Ilhan Omar (@Ilhan) January 7, 2021

It’s unlikely to gain enough support to be done before Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

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