U.S. Capitol locked down as "March for Trump" protesters breach building

Capitol police ordered lawmakers and reporters to shelter in place within the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, as protesters at a "March for Trump" breached the building following Congress beginning to certify Electoral College votes for Joe Biden.Where it stand

U.S. Capitol locked down as "March for Trump" protesters breach building

Protestors breached the Senate chambers following a "March for Trump" demonstration in response to Congress certifying Electoral College votes for Joe Biden on Wednesday. Capitol police are leading evacuation efforts following a shelter in place order for lawmakers and reporters.

Where it stands: The House and Senate are in recess and all the doors are now closed in the House Chambers, per Axios reporters on the ground. Vice President Mike Pence, overseeing the certification of Electoral College votes, was evacuated from the Senate chamber around 2 p.m.

What we're hearing: Protesters walked through the Capitol statuary hall, which separates the House and Senate, filling into both sides with U.S. flags and MAGA flags.

  • Reporters were advised just after 2:30 p.m. to "be prepared to get down" in their chairs and to relocate, Axios' Kadia Goba reports. She was in the chamber when members bolted the door and watched Capitol police draw their guns and point at the door.
  • At 2:31 p.m., everyone was evacuated from the floor.
  • A police officer stood in the center of the Cannon office building and shouted: “EVERYONE OUT, RIGHT NOW ... WE’RE EVACUATING," Axios' Alayna Treene reports. Police ushered everyone toward the Longworth office building.

What to watch: Press gallery staff informed reporters that if protestors storm the Capitol building itself, they would usher everyone into the Senate chamber and lock the door. Reporters are being held away from the Senate gallery and will be evacuated with senators.

  • D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued a citywide curfew for all residents in response to the incident from 6 p.m. on Wednesday until 6 a.m. on Thursday. She activated the National Guard in response to the planned mass demonstrations by Trump supporters.