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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 BidenEx-Biden adviser says Birx told him she hoped election turned out 'a certain way' Cheney rips Arizona election audit: 'It is an effort to subvert democracy' News leaders deal with the post-Trump era 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. 

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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. LieuGaetz, under investigative cloud, questions FBI director Crenshaw trolled after asking for examples of 'woke ideology' in military Kinzinger slams Gaetz speech: 'This is why we need a January 6 commission' 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 StevensFive takeaways on the House's return to budget earmarks Lawmakers emphasize need to bolster tech, education in workforce development Lawmakers say manufacturers are in better position to handle future pandemics 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-CortezHarris attends DC Pride rally Simmering Democratic tensions show signs of boiling over Out-of-touch Democrats running scared of progressives 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.