Congress Reconvenes After Pro-Trump Mob Brings Chaos To The Capitol

As thousands of far-right and pro-Trump demonstrators march in downtown D.C. Wednesday, groups have moved towards the U.S. Capitol and some are growing violent.


A pro-Trump mob breaks into the U.S. Capitol.

Updated 3:48 p.m. CT

Congress reconvened Wednesday night to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory, just hours after the U.S. Capitol was thrust into chaos by supporters of President Trump — an angry mob that breached the complex in an unprecedented violent act at the seat of America’s federal government.

Earlier in the day, the president has urged his backers to head to the Capitol.

A woman was shot and killed during the assault, according to Washington, D.C., police. Her identity has not been made public.

A law enforcement official familiar with the investigation told NPR’s Carrie Johnson that the alleged shooter of the woman was a senior U.S. Capitol Police officer and that the woman who was killed was unarmed.

D.C. police said three other adults died after suffering from apparent medical emergencies.

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A rioter holds a Trump flag inside the U.S. Capitol Building near the Senate Chamber.
U.S. Capitol Police try to hold back rioters outside the east doors to the House side of the U.S. Capitol.