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The Trumpists' siege on the US Capitol on Wednesday. After she fumbled to work a gas mask and briefly lost a shoe while dragging herself toward a door to evacuate, gunfire rang out.

Roughly a half-hour later, Ackerman said that "the Pentagon says the Justice Department is in charge".

"It wasn't until things really escalated that there was a kind of a panicky state", said the Pennsylvania Democrat.

Brendan Boyle, a Democratic House member from Philadelphia, said the day's events were "the culmination of what this president preached about on his Inauguration Day four years ago", when Trump spoke about "American carnage". He egged them on during a rally shortly before they stormed the Capitol and rioted.

Videos and photos taken on the streets of Washington, D.C. show protesters clashing with police, including the use of pepper spray on both sides. Northam said they will be there until President-Elect Biden is officially sworn in.

"We asked a few times and the final return that we got on Sunday the 3rd was that they would not be asking DOD for assistance", he said.

Following Wednesday's unrest, 56 D.C. police officers were injured, including one officer who remained hospitalized Thursday. Fallout has been swift. There are 2,300 officers who patrol 16 acres of ground and protect the 435 House members, 50 senators and their staffs.

"There was a failure of leadership at the top", House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said.

"They could have killed us all".

Pompeo, Ratcliffe and O'Brien all got a similar message: it was important they stay on for the continuity of government in the national security realm.

But the Capitol Police had set up no hard perimeter around the Capitol. So go home. We love you. The department, he said, had a "robust plan" to handle "anticipated First Amendment activities". Hogan's voice broke several times during the Thursday afternoon press conference as he described the chaos in Washington.

Vice President Mike Pence confirmed Biden's victory early Thursday, noting that he was bound by his oath of office to follow the law in fulfilling a "largely ceremonial" role.

The Air Force said Babbitt, who separated from active duty service with the rank of Senior Airman, and served as a Security Forces team controller at Dyess Air Force Base in Abilene, Tex. from 2004 to 2008.

"The Maryland State Police's Mobile Field Force team provided security support to restore the peace at the U.S. Capitol building last night and also assisted Metropolitan Police throughout the night with the enforcement of curfew violations", said Hogan.

Police Chief Robert Contee says officials have declared the scene a riot. Sund said the devices were rendered safe and are now being investigated by The FBI. He admitted to police that he had made statements about rioting in Washington, local officials said. Sund offered little comfort, she said.



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