Buildings near the U.S. Capitol were evacuated on Wednesday as the Joint Session of Congress met to debate on electoral votes amid protests and rallies.
"I’m in Cannon and have been evacuated," wrote Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.). "But it doesn’t matter. In less than two hours I will cast my vote rejecting" attempts by GOP lawmakers to challenge the Nov. 3 election results in battleground states.
"Thank you to Capitol Police for protecting the People's House. Protesters have a Constitutionally-protected right to be heard, but I urge them to remain peaceful," said House GOP Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) on Twitter.
Reporters showed what appeared to be President Donald Trump's supporters and others marching to the Capitol building, storming the barricades.
Other than the Cannon House Office Building, the Madison Library of Congress Building was also evacuated, officials told Fox News.