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Democrats condemn 'lawlessness' amid Capitol chaos

Democrats condemn 'lawlessness' amid Capitol chaos
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Democratic lawmakers on Wednesday condemned "lawlessness" as chaos erupted in and around the Capitol as Congress attempted to meet to certify President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden 'disappointed' in Senate parliamentarian ruling but 'respects' decision Taylor Swift celebrates House passage of Equality Act Donald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' MORE's Electoral College victory.

The Capitol Building was placed on lockdown and multiple congressional buildings were evacuated amid protests that grew violent over the course of the day. The Library of Congress’s Madison Building and the Cannon House Office Building were both evacuated. 

Rep. Chellie PingreeRochelle (Chellie) PingreeDemocrats condemn 'lawlessness' amid Capitol chaos Five House Democrats who could join Biden Cabinet Biden leads Trump by 11 points in Maine: survey MORE (D-Maine) blamed the chaos on President TrumpDonald TrumpDonald Trump Jr. calls Bruce Springsteen's dropped charges 'liberal privilege' Schiff sees challenges for intel committee, community in Trump's shadow McConnell says he'd back Trump as 2024 GOP nominee MORE, saying he was responsible for the “unprecedented lawlessness” taking place.

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“Office buildings in the Capitol complex have been evacuated,” Pingree tweeted. “This unprecedented lawlessness was incited by our outgoing President because he is determined to undermine the peaceful transfer of power.”

The protesters' surge to the Capitol came as both chambers were debating an objection to Arizona's Electoral votes.

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuPelosi, lawmakers denounce violence against Asian Americans Riot probe to likely focus on McCarthy-Trump call Progressives urge Biden pick for attorney general to prosecute Trump MORE (D-Calif.), who was in the Cannon House building at the time, said on Twitter: “I’m in Cannon and have been evacuated. But it doesn’t matter. In less than two hours I will cast my vote rejecting the coup attempt by @realDonaldTrump enablers and accepting the Electoral College votes of Arizona. And there is nothing @POTUS or @GOP traitors can do about it.”

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Rep. Haley StevensHaley Maria StevensIowa Democrat quarantining after staffer tests positive for COVID-19 Democrats condemn 'lawlessness' amid Capitol chaos Democrat Haley Stevens hangs on to Michigan House seat MORE (D-Mich.), said she “can’t believe I have to write this.”

“I’m sheltering in place in my office. The building next door has been evacuated. I can’t believe I have to write this."

The vote certification was later paused after protesters made their way inside the Capitol building and roamed the halls in front of the Senate chamber.

The fiasco comes as Trump refuses to concede defeat to Biden. The president addressed the protesters earlier in the day.

After the Capitol was secured, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezClimate change rears its ugly head, but Biden steps up to fight it Meghan McCain grills Psaki on 'hypocrisy' over migrant children facility Ocasio-Cortez slams use of robotic police dog in Bronx community MORE (D-N.Y.) tweeted that she was "okay" and "[w]as barricaded in for several hours." She added," I’ll tell y’all about it later."

"For now, we must focus on task at hand: to preserve the integrity of our democracy, hold accountable those responsible for their attempts to subvert our nation’s elections and shred our Constitution apart."

Updated: 7:25 p.m.