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UPDATE: Senate, House reject challenge to Biden win in Arizona

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UPDATE (AP) -- The House has voted overwhelmingly to reject an objection to President-elect Joe Biden's win in Arizona, joining the Senate in upholding the results of the election there.
The objection failed 303-121 on Wednesday night, with only Republicans voting in support.
Earlier Wednesday, supporters of President Donald Trump breached the U.S. Capitol, forcing a lockdown of the lawmakers and staff inside. Trump has claimed widespread voter fraud to explain away his defeat to Biden, though election officials have said there wasn't any.
Now that Arizona is out of the way, Congress will reconvene as the joint session and make its way through the rest of the states that have objections.

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UPDATE (AP) -- The U.S. Senate resoundingly has rejected the challenge to Joe Biden's election win in Arizona. The result in state will stand.

The House continues its debate.

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The Senate has resumed debating the Republican challenge against Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential election victory, more than six hours after pro-Trump mobs attacked the Capitol and forced lawmakers to flee.

Scores of Republican representatives and 13 GOP senators had planned to object Wednesday to the electoral votes of perhaps six states that backed Biden. It was unclear whether those objections would continue in light of the day’s violent events.

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A woman who was shot inside the U.S. Capitol during the violent pro-Trump protest has died.

That's according to two officials familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity because they weren't authorized to speak publicly.

The Metropolitan Police Department said it was taking the lead on the shooting investigation. Police did not immediately provide details about the circumstances of the shooting.

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump breached the security perimeter and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting, expected to vote and affirm Joe Biden's presidential win. They were seen fighting with officers both inside the building and outside.

Hours later, police had declared the Capitol was secured.


UPDATE (AP) — Officials have declared the U.S. 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" rang out Wednesday evening inside a secure location for officials of the House. Lawmakers applauded.

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

Lawmakers were evacuated to secure locations around the Capitol complex and Washington, D.C. 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.


UPDATE (AP) -- Police are using tear gas and percussion grenades to begin clearing pro-Trump protesters from the grounds of the U.S. Capitol ahead of a curfew in Washington.

Police donned gas masks as they moved in Wednesday evening with force to clear protesters from the Capitol grounds shortly before a curfew took hold. In the moments before, there were violent clashes between the police and protesters, who tore railing for the inauguration scaffolding and threw it at the officers.

Police used tear gas and percussion grenades to break up the crowd, which began dispersing.

Dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump breached security perimeter and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting, expected to vote to affirm Democrat Joe Biden's presidential win. They were seen fighting with officers both inside the building and outside.

Police said at least one person was shot inside the Capitol; their condition was not immediately known.

The district's police chief said at least 13 people were arrested, and five firearms had been recovered during the pro-Trump protests on Wednesday.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Black Earth, posted a video on Twitter where he called the people who forced themselves inside the US Capitol an attempted coup.

Pocan said that he remained inside the Capitol but was safe.

In the one-minute, 17-second video, Pocan called President Donald Trump a "man-child."

Many of the people who forced their way inside the Capitol supported the president in his flailing efforts to hold on to power despite losing the election this past November.

https://twitter.com/repmarkpocan/status/1346943213865758723

UPDATE (WKOW) -- President Donald Trump is calling on his supporters to leave the U.S. Capitol building which they began occupying Wednesday afternoon after forcing their way past police.

"We have to have peace," the president in a video message posted on Twitter. "Go home. we love you. You're very special."

The president began the message by repeating false claims about the presidential election. Many of the president's supporters who stormed the Capitol did so to stop Congress from counting Electoral College votes.

https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/1346928882595885058

UPDATE (AP) -- At least one explosive device has been found near the U.S. Capitol amid a violent occupation of the building by supporters of President Donald Trump.

Law enforcement officials said the device was no longer a threat Wednesday afternoon.


UPDATE (AP) -- President-elect Joe Biden is calling for the restoration of "just simple decency" after a mob incited by his predecessor stormed the U.S. Capitol and delayed Congress from certifying the results of November's election in which Biden won the White House.

Biden had planned to deliver a speech focused on how to revive an economy reeling from the coronavirus pandemic from his native Delaware on Wednesday afternoon. But shortly before he was to begin speaking, demonstrators broke into the capital, reaching as far as the House floor.

The building was locked down and police with guns drawn moved in as Vice President Mike Pence and lawmakers were evacuated to secure locations.

"At this hour our democracy is under unprecedented assault unlike anything we've seen in modern times," Biden said.


UPDATE (WKOW) -- Democratic leaders in the House and Senate issued a statement calling on President Donald Trump to tell his supporters inside the Capitol to leave.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer tweeted a statement that he made in conjunction with Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

"We are calling on President Trump to demand that all protestors leave the U.S. Capitol and Capitol Grounds immediately," the statement said.

https://twitter.com/SenSchumer/status/1346923669055025161

UPDATE (WKOW) -- President Donald Trump has ordered the National Guard to deploy in response to his own supporters forcing their way inside the Capitol building.

"At President @realDonaldTrump’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services," White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted. "We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful."

https://twitter.com/PressSec/status/1346918582832168964?s=20

WASHINGTON (AP) — One person has been shot at the U.S. Capitol as dozens of supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the building and violently clashed with police.

That’s according to a person familiar with the matter who spoke to The Associated Press on Wednesday on condition of anonymity amid a chaotic situation.

The exact circumstances surrounding the shooting were unclear. The person said the victim had been taken to a hospital. Their condition was not known.

The shooting came as dozens of Trump supporters breached security perimeters and entered the U.S. Capitol as Congress was meeting, expected to vote and affirm Joe Biden’s presidential win. Trump has riled up his supporters by falsely claiming widespread voter fraud to explain his loss.


Rep. Gwen Moore says she is safe, but calls this a disturbing and shameful moment for our country.


Rep. Mike Gallagher of Wisconsin tweeted, "We are witnessing absolute banana republic crap in the United States Capitol right now.

@realDonaldTrump, you need to call this off."


Congress has recessed its debate over the electoral count after the U.S. Capitol was breached by protesters.

There was confusion in the House chamber as he Capitol doors were locked and the debate was suspended.

A representative from the Capitol police spoke from a lectern on the dais and told lawmakers to remain calm.

The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump police.

Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.

Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back. 


The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump police.

An announcement was played inside the Capitol as lawmakers were meeting and expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s victory.

The skirmishes occurred outside the building, in the very spot president-elect Biden will be inaugurated in just two weeks.

Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.

Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back.


The U.S. Capitol Police are 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 U.S. Capitol as Congress is expected to vote to affirm Joe Biden’s 2020 presidential win. Videos posted online showed protesters fighting with U.S. Capitol Police officers as police fired pepper spray to keep them back.

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