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Demonstrators walk through the U.S. Capitol after breaching barricades to the building during a protest outside of in Washington, D.C. Demonstrators walk through the U.S. Capitol after breaching barricades to the building during a protest outside of in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021. The U.S. Capitol was placed under lockdown and Vice President Mike Pence left the floor of Congress as hundreds of protesters swarmed past barricades surrounding the building where lawmakers were debating Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. Photo: Victor J. Blue/Bloomberg

Calls for President Donald Trump’s removal from office are erupting after hundreds of his supporters violently stormed the U.S. Capitol building as lawmakers attempted to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win in the presidential election.

The takeover of the building forced the evacuation of lawmakers, staffers and members of the press. Members of Congress said they put on gas masks after tear gas was deployed inside the building, and videos and photos showed police officers with guns drawn and protesters smashing in windows of the Capitol.

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Jacqueline Thomsen

Jacqueline Thomsen, based in Washington, is a reporter covering D.C. federal courts and the legal side of politics. Contact her at [email protected] and follow her on Twitter @jacq_thomsen.

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