LIVE: Protestors in and around the Capitol Building, Congress meets to Certify Electoral Vote

Members of Congress and staff have been forced to evacuate at least two buildings in Washington D.C. following break-ins as a result of protests in the Capitol.

This is a developing story. It will continue to be updated as more information comes in.

• Update (1/7/21, 3:44 a.m.) – Vice President Mike Pence has just officially affirmed and declared that, based on the votes officially counted by Congress, President-Elect Joe Biden and Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris are the winners of the 2020 Presidential Election. Following a closing prayer, the meeting has been adjourned.

• Update (1/7/21, 3:36 a.m.) – Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-Texas) has objected to the counting of Wisconsin’s Electoral votes. He does not have a Senator who has cosigned the objection. The objection will not be sustained.

• Update (1/7/21, 3:33 a.m.) – With the addition of the counted votes from Vermont, President-Elect Joe Biden has surpassed the 270 Electoral College votes needed to win the 2020 Election. His victory will now be officially counted and upheld by Congress.

• Update (1/7/21, 3:26 a.m.) – Both the House and Senate have rejected the objections to the result of Pennsylvania’s Electoral votes. The votes will be counted as originally verified. President-Elect Biden now needs only two more Electoral votes counted to be again declared the winner of the 2020 Presidential Election.

• Update (1/7/21, 3:11 a.m.) – The House of Representatives has voted not to sustain the objection to the results of Pennsylvania. House objectors lost the vote 138-282. The House and Senate will now convene together in a joint session to come to a final agreement.

• Update (1/7/21, 1:44 a.m.) – The GOP has requested that Rep. Conor Lamb’s (D-Pa.) words about “lies on the House floor” be stricken from the record. Rep. Andy Harris (R-Md.) shouted, “He called me a liar!” and repeatedly interrupted Speaker Pelosi when she called order. Following a heated confrontation with Rep. Colin Allred (D-Texas), a former NFL player, Harris was removed from the chamber. Lamb resumed his speech by saying, “Truth hurts.”

• Update (1/7/21, 1 a.m.) – The objection to the certification of Pennsylvania Electoral votes has failed in the Senate. Objectors lost the vote 7-92. The “yes” votes were from Senators Ted Cruz, Josh Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Cynthia Lummis, Roger Marshall, Tim Scott, and Tommy Tuberville.

• Update (1/7/21, 12:14 a.m.) – The objection to the results of Pennsylvania has been sustained, as Sen. Josh Hawley and Rep. Scott Perry have both signed the objection. The Senate and House will now discuss the matter separately and return to a joint session when they have made their decisions.

• Update (1/7/21, 12:06 a.m.) – The objection to the results of Nevada is unable to be sustained as there are no longer any Senate objectors. Therefore, there are no objections to the results in Nevada. They will be counted.

• Update (1/7/21, 12 a.m.) – The objection to the results of Michigan, much like the one in Georgia, was unable to be sustained due to a lack of current Senate objectors. Therefore, there are no objections to the results in Michigan. They will be counted.

• Update (11:49 p.m.) – Rep. Jody Hice of Georgia has admitted that previous Senate objectors to the results in Georgia have now rescinded their objections. Therefore, there are no objections to the results in Georgia and they will be counted. Applause broke out in Congress following the announcement.

• Update (11:25 p.m.) – There are now four confirmed deaths as a result of the riots in D.C. today. As of 10:30 p.m. the D.C. Police Department has confirmed that they have made 47 curfew-related arrests.

• Update (11:18 p.m.) – The vote to sustain the objections to the Arizona Electoral Votes has failed in the House of Representatives. Objectors lost 121-303. The vote will now go to a joined Congress consisting of both the Senate and House.

• Update (10:16 p.m.) – Senators Ted Cruz, John Kennedy, Joshua Hawley, Cindy Hyde-Smith, Roger Marshall, and Tommy Tuberville have all voted to sustain the objections to the results of the Arizona Electoral Vote. They have lost the vote 6-93. The vote will next go to the House of Representatives.

• Update (9:29 p.m.) – The woman shot and killed after breaching the Capitol has been identified by her husband as Ashli Babbitt, an Air Force veteran from California.

• Update (8:40 p.m.) – Sen. Kelly Loeffler of Georgia, who just lost the Georgia Senate runoff to Raphael Warnock, has retracted her intention to object.

• Update (8:30 p.m.) – Suspected homemade pipe bombs found outside of both the Republican National Committee Headquarters and in the Capitol Complex were safely removed and detonated by authorities. The contents of a mysterious package delivered to the Democratic National Committee’s Headquarters have not yet been identified.

• Update (8:23 p.m.) – Sen. James Lankford of Oklahoma has pulled his state’s objection to the Electoral Vote. Oklahoma will now likely certify its Electoral College results.

• Update (8:13 p.m.) – As Congress resumes, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell referred to the events of the day as a “failed insurrection.” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer has referred to the protestors as “domestic terrorists.”

• Update (8:03 p.m.) – Former President Barack Obama has shared a statement on the events in the Capitol today: “Republican leaders have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy. They can continue down this road and keep stoking the raging fires. Or they can choose reality and take the first steps toward extinguishing the flames. They can choose America.”

• Update (7:30 p.m.) – Members of Congress are reconvening in the Capitol. They are being escorted by armed security personnel. The Electoral College certificates are also being marched back into the Capitol Building. The sessions are expected to resume at 8 p.m. with the House and Senate reconvening separately before forming a join session.

• Update (7:09 p.m.) – President Trump’s Twitter account has been locked by Twitter Safety for the next 12 hours due to his recent Tweets. If he does not remove the Tweets, his account will remain locked indefinitely.

• Update (7:06 p.m.) – Republican Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers from Washington has confirmed that she will no longer object to Biden’s Electoral College win. In a statement, she said, “We must have a peaceful transfer of power. What we have seen today is unlawful and unacceptable.” She joins many other Republican Congress members, including Senators Tom Cotton and Mitch McConnell, who have also decided not to object to the 2020 Election Results.

• Update (6:36 p.m.) – Three of President Trump’s Tweets about the protests have been hidden from public view. It is likely that the Tweets were removed by Twitter, as the links bring up the following error message: “This Tweet violated Twitter rules.”

• Update (6:27 p.m.) – Police are pushing the mob away from the Capitol.  The interior has been cleared. Protestors are now in the streets. No arrests have been made yet in regards to the breaking of curfew. 13 arrests have been made by D.C. police in total.

• Update (6:01 p.m.) – President Trump has again requested that protestors go home while further asserting that the election was stolen. He has stated that the actions of the protestors are “what happens when a sacred landslide election victory is […] viciously stripped away from great patriots.” Viewers are unable to interact with the post because Twitter has marked it as creating a “risk of violence.”

• Update (5:56 p.m.) – The woman shot earlier in the day has died according to NBC and local law enforcement officers.

• Update (5:54 p.m.) – International leaders have expressed their concerns for the violence and encouraged peace. Some examples include NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg describing the “shocking scenes” in the Capitol and U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson calling the mob’s actions “disgraceful.”

• Update (5:41 p.m.) – Following the Sergeant at Arms’ declaration of an “all-clear” in the Capitol Building, Sen. Mitch McConnell is reportedly encouraging members of Congress to return to the Chamber tonight to finish the certification of the electoral votes.

• Update (5:25 p.m.) – Former Attorney General William Barr has called the violence in the Capitol “outrageous and despicable.”

• Update (4:53 p.m.) – The National Association of Manufacturers are calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to remove President Trump from office “to preserve democracy” in a statement issued today.

• Update (4:49 p.m.) – D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Robert J. Contee III advises all non-essential travel to halt after the 6 p.m. curfew. He says that people who do not obey and respect the curfew will face legal consequences.

• Update (4:20 p.m.) – In a video posted on Twitter, President Trump calls for calm and requests that protestors go home and leave the Capitol. He continues to assert that the the election was stolen from him and that the results are fraudulent.

• Update (4:12 p.m.) – “The words of a President matter,” says President-Elect Joe Biden, condemning President Trump’s lack of condemnation for the protests, in a speech to the American people on television.

• Update (3:49 p.m.) – The National Guard, security officers from the Department of Homeland Security, and other federal policing organizations are reportedly making their way to the Capitol.

• Update (3:35 p.m.) – Vice President Mike Pence has just tweeted the following: “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.”

• Update (3:27 p.m.) – At least one person has been shot inside the Capitol Building. It is unclear who was shot, what condition they are in or what the reason for the shooting was.

Protestors are rallying against President-Elect Joe Biden’s win, claiming that the election was rigged and stolen from President Trump. Both the President and many members of the GOP have repeatedly objected to the Electoral College’s decision to name Biden the winner of the 2020 Election.

Visitors and staff of both the Cannon House Office Building and at least one building in the Library of Congress have been ordered by Capitol Police to evacuate into basements. There are tunnels underneath the Capitol Complex that connect all buildings. Members of Congress are currently situated underground and have been ordered to wear gas masks due to the amount of tear gas in the Capitol.

Congress was meeting to discuss and verify the Electoral College votes for President-Elect Joe Biden. They were interrupted when an aide alerted Sen. James Lankford that there were protestors inside of the Capitol. Voting has been halted. Congress was only able to make it to Arizona in their reviews, meaning there are still 47 states left to verify in Congress.

President Trump has tweeted the following in response to the protests: I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order – respect the Law and our great men and women in Blue. Thank you!