US Capitol Hill LIVE – 4 DEAD and bombs found all over Capitol after siege as Trump calls MAGA rioters 'special'

FOUR people have died after a night of carnage in the heart of American government.

One of those who died was former US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbit of San Diego, who in a graphic video was seen being shot by Capitol police after trying to climb through a broken window and enter the Chamber.

Bombs, Molotov cocktails and guns were discovered all over the Capitol area after the siege which saw pro-Trump rioters storming the building, rummaging through politicians' draws and sitting at their desks.

The carnage was eventually broken up a few hours later and Trump eventually told his supporters to go home. But rather than condemn their actions he called them "special" and insisted he understood their anger.

Follow all the latest developments via our live blog below...

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    KNIVES OUT

    Republicans are plotting to remove Donald Trump as president after his supporters stormed the US Capitol, according to reports.

    Cabinet secretaries and senior GOP members reportedly want to invoke the 25th Amendment and put Vice President Mike Pence in charge just two weeks before the end of Trump's term.

    The 25th amendment of the US Constitution allows the vice president to take office if the president should be "unable to discharge the powers and duties of his office".

    Republicans are said to be "furious" at Trump for stirring up his supporters with false claims of election fraud, Axios reports.

    Senior figures believe the brash firebrand has "disgraced" the party and encouraged the MAGA mob to "attack" American democracy, the report says.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    LATEST – JOE FOR LAUNCH

    Joe Biden has been officially been named as president elect after Congress certified the Electoral College count.

    Lawmakers voted on challenges by supporters of Donald Trump to the results in several states, following a day of violence that saw a supporter of the President shot dead.

    What is normally a ceremonial process became politically charged after the President failed to overturn the outcome in the courts and urged GOP lawmakers to object to the results in a handful of battleground states.

    After sitting into the early morning Vice President Mike Pence finally certified the Electoral College count of 306 electors in favor of the Democrat against 232 in favor of Trump.

    Congress' count to formalize Biden's victory was interrupted on Wednesday afternoon by Trump supporters who stormed the Capitol building, forcing lawmakers to halt the vote.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    CONTINUED

    Babbit, who used the Twitter handle CommonAshSense, also retweeted Wednesday morning — a few hours ahead of her and other Trump supporters storming the Capitol — a “MUST BE DONE LIST before Congress meets today.”

    It included, “Mike [email protected] @Mike_Pence must resign & thereafter be charged with TREASON,” and, “Chief Justice John Roberts must RESIGN.”

    In a televised address tonight, Vice President Mike Pence said: "We grieve the loss of life."

    "Violence never wins," he said.

    "Freedom wins. And this is still the peoples' house."

    Videos shared on social media earlier in the day showed a crowd of people at the Capitol grounds when a gunshot sounded.

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RIOT VICTIM

    A woman who was shot dead inside the US Capitol as rioters stormed the building has been identified as a veteran of the US Air Force.

    Ashli Babbit, of San Diego, California, was shot in the neck during the violent confrontation in Washington DC and later died in hospital. 

    Babbit had served 14 years in the Air Force and had completed four tours of duty, according to her husband who spoke to KUSI-TV.

    He also described his late wife as a major President Trump supporter.

    Fox 5 DC later reported that Babbit's mother-in-law told the TV station, “I really don't know why she decided to do this."

    The day before she was fatally shot, apparently by Capitol Police, Babbit tweeted, “Nothing will stop us…. they can try and try and try but the storm is here and it is descending upon DC in less than 24 hours….dark to light."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    BARACK OBAMA CLAIMS TRUMP INCITED VIOLENCE IN THE U.S CAPITOL

    Former U.S President Barack Obama attributed the violence in the Capitol to Donald Trump, who refused to accept the results of the 2020 election.

    In a statement released on Wednesday, Obama called the protests "a moment of great dishonor and shame for our country" incited by President Trump's lies about the election's outcome.

    "Right now, Republican leaders have a choice made clear in the desecrated chambers of democracy," Obama wrote.

    "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."

  • Niamh Cavanagh

    PICTURED: THE RANSACKED OFFICE OF THE SENATE PARLIAMENTARIAN

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  • Niamh Cavanagh

    RECAP – CAPITOL CARNAGE 

    At least four people have died and several others have been seriously injured during a violent siege on Capitol Hill in Washington DC.

    Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building where bloody clashes erupted in Congress on Wednesday.

    The violence erupted as rioters fought cops and pushed their way inside the building as members of Congress were meeting to vote and certify Joe Biden as the winner of the presidential election.

    It came moments after Trump addressed his supporters at a nearby rally.

    "We're going to walk down to the Capitol," he told his supporters earlier on Wednesday.

    "And we're gonna cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women. And we're probably not going to be cheering, so much for some of them, because you'll never take back our country with weakness, you have to show strength and you have to be strong."

  • Justin Lawrence

    PRITI PATEL SAYS DONALD TRUMP 'DIRECTLY PROVOKED' US CAPITOL VIOLENCE

    HOME SECRETARY Priti Patel has said Donald Trump directly provoked the violence in the US Capitol with incendiary remarks.

    Patel, 48, condemned President Trump during an interview with the BBC and called his failure to intervene in the violence "completely wrong."

    She said: "His comments directly led to the violence and so far he has failed to condemn that violence and that is completely wrong.

    "He basically has made a number of comments yesterday that helped to fuel that violence and he didn’t do anything to de-escalate that whatsoever."

    She reiterated her stance in an interview with Sky News where she said: "The violence should stop and he should absolutely condemn everything that has taken place.

    “There’s no question about that at all. Someone was shot, people have died, this is terrible. Terrible beyond words quite frankly and there is no justification for it."

  • Justin Lawrence

    IVANKA TRUMP CALLS RIOTERS 'PATRIOTS' IN DELETED TWEET

    DONALD TRUMP'S daughter Ivanka Trump called the rioters who stormed the US Capitol building patriots in a since deleted tweet.

    Ivanka, 39, condemned the violence but referred to the rioters as patriots while doing so.

    She tweeted: "American Patriots – any security breach or disrespect to our law enforcement is unacceptable. The violence must stop immediately. Please be peaceful."

    After facing backlash for her choice of words, the message was deleted.

    When quizzed by CNN to clarify if she was using the term patriots for the rioters, Ivanka responded: "No. Peaceful protest is patriotic. Violence is unacceptable and must be condemned in the strongest terms."

  • Justin Lawrence

    MEMBERS OF CONGRESS PRESENT IN US CAPITOL RIOT RECALL MOMENT

    SEVERAL members of Congress from San Diego County were present when rioters stormed the US Capitol building.

    U.S. Representative Juan Vargas was in attendance and described the moment the building was infiltrated.

    Vargas, 59,who represents California’s 51st Congressional District tweeted: "I was close to the capitol and all of a sudden I heard a lot of commotion. I heard some yelling and I thought, ‘Oh, no. Here they come.

    "And then I heard a Capitol Police officer and he goes, ‘You guys gotta go, you guys gotta go, they breached security. They are over the fences, they are over everything."

    He then added that he then ran back to his office to find shelter and to make sure his staff was OK, and that he told them to find whatever they could use to defend themselves.

     

  • Jessica Kwong

    REPUBLICANS’ OBJECTIONS REJECTED IN SEVERAL STATES

    Republicans’ efforts to object to the election results in several states failed as senators backed off from trying to stop the certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

    Vice President Mike Pence rejected objections to the electoral votes in Georgia, Michigan and Nevada, because they each failed to garner a signature from a senator. 

    Pence accepted Pennsylvania's objection to its electoral results.

    The objection to certify Pennsylvania's electoral votes failed in the Senate on a 92-7 vote.

    As of 1:30am on Thursday, the House was still deliberating on the objection to Pennsylvania’s results. 

  • Jessica Kwong

    CONGRESS COUNTING VOTES 

    The House of Representatives and Senate resumed their counting of Electoral College votes on Wednesday night, hours after Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in protest.

    During the joint session of Congress, four lawmakers serving as tellers—two from each chamber—read the certificates of votes from each state in alphabetical order.

    A presidential candidate needs 270 electoral votes to win.

    Biden won the presidential election with 306 votes to President Donald Trump’s 232. 

    Trump supporters who broke into the Capitol succeeded in stopping lawmakers from completing the count on Wednesday afternoon 

  • Jessica Kwong

    THREE DEAD AFTER CAPITOL RIOTS

    Three people died of medical medical emergencies during Wednesday’s violent riots at the Capitol, according to DC Police Chief Robert Contee.

    “One adult female and two adult males appear to have suffered from separate medical emergencies, which resulted in their deaths,” Contee said.

    "Any loss of life in the District is tragic and our thoughts are with anyone impacted by their loss.”

    Contee did not provide details on whether the people who died partook in storming the Capitol to stop Congress from certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

    First responders transported people to nearby hospitals with injuries ranging from fractures to cardiac arrest. 

  • Jessica Kwong

    D.C. MAYOR ADDS 15 DAYS TO PUBLIC EMERGENCY DECLARATION

    On Wednesday night, following violent riots at the US Capitol, Washington, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser announced an extension to the city’s emergency declaration. 

    Bowser added 15 days to the declaration, to cover the time period through the end of President Donald Trump’s presidency. 

    “President Trump continues to fan rage and violence by contending that the Presidential election was invalid,” Bowser said in statement.

    “Persons are dissatisfied with judicial rulings and the findings of State Boards of Elections, and some persons can be expected to continue their violent protests through the inauguration.”

    Washington, DC, is also under a 6pm curfew. 

    President-elect Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated on Jan. 20.

  • Jessica Kwong

    TRUMP’S INSTAGRAM ACCOUNT ALSO LOCKED

    Instagram on Wednesday announced it would lock President Donald Trump’s account for 24 hours. 

    Facebook, which owns Instagram, earlier had announced it would lock the president’s account for the same amount of time. 

    Twitter also locked Trump’s account for 12 hours, beginning with the time that he deletes posts that violated the social media company’s policies. 

    If Trump does not delete the tweets, Twitter will keep his account locked. 

    Despite violent protests by Trump supporters and the fatal shooting of a woman at inside the Capitol building, the president did not back down from his false claims that Democrats stole the presidential election from him.

  • Jessica Kwong

    JIMMY CARTER: ‘THIS IS A NATIONAL TRAGEDY’

    Former President Jimmy Carter called the riots at the Capitol a “national tragedy” and not a reflection of the country.

    The 39th president said he and his wife Rosalynn were “troubled by the violence” where lawmakers were expected to certify President-elect Joe Biden as the winner.

    “This is a national tragedy and is not who we are as a nation," the Democrat said. 

    "Having observed elections in troubled democracies worldwide, I know that we the people can unite to walk back from this precipice to peacefully uphold the laws of our nation, and we must.”

    Carter added that he and his wife joined fellow Americans in “praying for a peaceful resolution so our nation can heal and complete the transfer of power as we have for more than two centuries.”

  • Chris Bradford

    BILL CLINTON: 'ATTACK ON CAPITOL FUELED OVER FOUR YEARS OF POISON'

    Former President Bill Clinton says the attack on the U.S. Capitol was fueled over four years of poisonous politics and lit by President Donald Trump.

    The 42nd president said the riots resulted from a combination of deliberate disinformation that created distrust in the system and pitted Americans against one another.

    He wrote: "The match was lit by Donald Trump and his most ardent enablers, including many in Congress, to overturn the results of an election he lost."

    His wife, Hillary Clinton, lost a bitter election to Trump in 2016 and conceded to him immediately.

    Trump has refused to accept his defeat by Democrat Joe Biden in November and is trying to cast him as an illegitimate president.

    Trump had encouraged his supporters to come to Washington to fight Congress formal approval of Biden's win.

  • Chris Bradford

    TRUMP'S TWITTER ACCOUNT LOCKED

    Twitter has suspended Donald Trump's Twitter account after repeated violations of its civic integrity policy.

    The social networking giant had deleted two posts by the president – including a video – due to a risk of violence", while Facebook also deleted the clip.

    The Republican's Twitter account will be locked for 12 hours following the removal of the posts.

    "If the tweets are not removed, the account will be locked."

    "Future violations of the Twitter rules, including our Civic Integrity or Violent Threats policies, will result in the permanent suspension of the @realDonaldTrump account," they said.

    Twitter had earlier removed the retweet, like and reply functions on the video, in which Mr Trump addressed his supporters who had clashed with police in Washington DC forcing a lockdown at the US Capitol building.

    In the video, the president told protesters that they "have to go home now", adding "we don't want anybody hurt", but he also claimed that "this was a fraudulent election".

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  • Chris Bradford

    CORPORATE GROUP URGES OFFICIALS TO CONSIDER TRUMP'S REMOVAL FROM OFFICE

    The head of a major U.S. business group that represents 14,000 companies including Exxon Mobil Corp, Pfizer Inc and Toyota Motor Corp urged senior officials to consider removing Donald Trump from office after supporters of the outgoing president stormed the Capitol building.

    National Association of Manufacturers President and CEO Jay Timmons said Trump "incited violence in an attempt to retain power, and any elected leader defending him is violating their oath to the Constitution and rejecting democracy in favor of anarchy".

    He urged vice president Pence to "seriously consider" working with the cabinet to invoke the 25th amendment.

    The 25th amendment states: “In case of the removal of the President from office or of his death or resignation, the Vice President shall become President.”

    In simple terms, it means that if the president is unable to do his job, the vice president will take on his role.

    Trump has 14 days remaining in office before President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in on Jan. 20.

  • Chris Bradford

    PELOSI: HOUSE WILL RECONVENE AFTER RIOTS

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi has confirmed that lawmakers would resume the count of electoral votes to confirm the November election result once the U.S. Capitol is cleared.

    Pro-Trump protesters breached the building in a late attempt to stall lawmakers from certifying Joe Biden's November victory.

    She said that decision was made after consultations with fellow congressional leaders and calls to the Pentagon, Justice Department and Vice President Mike Pence.

    "We always knew this responsibility would take us into the night. The night may still be long but we are hopeful for a shorter agenda, but our purpose will be accomplished," she said.

  • Chris Bradford

    EVICTION NOTICE

    Representative Ilhan Omar has said she's drafting articles of impeachment for President Donald Trump.

    Omar announced the news on Wednesday, just as the National Guard and the FBI were deployed in Washington, DC – after Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol.

    Omar, a Democrat rep from Minnesota, tweeted: "Donald J. Trump should be impeached by the House of Representatives & removed from office by the United States Senate."

    "We can’t allow him to remain in office, it’s a matter of preserving our Republic and we need to fulfill our oath."

    If Trump were to be removed from office, Vice President Mike Pence would take his place, with House Speaker Nancy Pelosi behind him, according to the presidential order of succession.

  • Chris Bradford

    'WE'VE NEVER HAD MORAL LEADERSHIP FROM PRESIDENT TRUMP', SAYS FORMER BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY

    The world has not had any "moral leadership" from President Trump, former British foreign secretary Jeremy Hunt has said tonight.

    Hundreds of Trump protesters sieged the Capitol building in a late attempt to stop lawmakers certifying Joe Biden's November election victory.

    "Well, I think we've never had moral leadership from President Trump and it's very worrying because so many countries around the world take their lead from what is happening in America.

    "I think he has shamed American democracy and we have to call it out for that.

    "But, we should also remember that this is not America. America has just rejected Donald Trump," he told ITV's Robert Peston.

  • Chris Bradford

    GEORGE W. BUSH 'APPALLED' BY 'LACK OF RESPECT' SHOWN TO US TRADITIONS

    George W. Bush says he is "appalled" by the reckless behaviour of some political leaders and the "lack of respect" shown for America's institutions and traditions.

    Hundreds of Trump fans sieged the Capitol building and a woman was shot dead as bloody clashes erupted in Congress.

    The 43rd president said: "Laura and I are watching the scenes of mayhem unfolding at the seat of our Nation's government in disbelief and dismay.

    "It is a sickening and heartbreaking sight.

    "This is how election results are disputed in a banana republic – not our democratic republic."

  • Chris Bradford

    WORLD LEADERS CONDEMN SIEGE ON CAPITOL

    World leaders have condemned pro-Trump supporters who have sieged the Capitol building in Washington DC today.

    The EU's foreign policy chief condemned an "assault on US democracy".

    "In the eyes of the world, American democracy tonight appears under siege," Josep Borrell tweeted

    French foreign minister Jean-Yves Le Drian condemned "a serious attack on democracy".

    "The violence against American institutions are a serious attack on democracy. I condemn it," Le Drian tweeted.

    "The will and the votes of the American people must be respected."

    German foreign minister Heiko Maas urged Trump supporters to "stop trampling" on democracy.

    "Trump and his supporters should finally accept the decision of American voters and stop trampling on democracy," he tweeted.

  • Chris Bradford

    TRUMP: 'THESE THINGS HAPPEN WHEN SACRED LANDSLIDE IS SO UNCEREMONIOUSLY AND VICIOUSLY STRIPPED AWAY'

     

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