Pence ushered out of Senate as Capitol locks down during pro-Trump protests

Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump clash with police officers in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021.

Stephanie Keith | Reuters

WASHINGTON – Vice President Mike Pence was ushered out of the Senate as the U.S. Capitol Complex went into lockdown due to an external security threat, while Trump supporters rioted outside the building.

Lawmakers had just begun the procedural process of counting the Electoral College votes and formally declaring President-elect Joe Biden the winner.

All buildings within the Capitol Complex were placed on lockdown.

Earlier, Trump, during a rally, encouraged thousands of his supporters to march to the Capitol to protest the confirmation of Biden’s victory.

The Cannon House Office Building and Madison Building was evacuated earlier in the day. Occupants that were evacuated from Cannon, on the House side of the Capitol, had been given clearance to re-enter the building.

Capitol Police didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s request to comment on whether the evacuations were related to the protests.

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