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GOP lawmakers plead for calm, urge Trump to help restore order amid Capitol violence

Republican lawmakers called on President TrumpDonald TrumpCIA chief threatened to resign over push to install Trump loyalist as deputy: report Azar in departure letter says Capitol riot threatens to 'tarnish' administration's accomplishments Justice Dept. argues Trump should get immunity from rape accuser's lawsuit MORE to restore order Wednesday as the president's supporters breached the Capitol, halting Congress's review of the Electoral College results. 

House and Senate lawmakers had met in a joint session of Congress to certify the Electoral College votes showing President-elect Joe Biden’s win, but pro-Trump protesters stormed their way into the Capitol during the congressional gathering, in which Vice President Pence was present.

Pence, and later other lawmakers, were evacuated.

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Florida Sen. Marco RubioMarco Antonio RubioConfirmation hearing for Biden's DNI pick postponed McConnell about to school Trump on political power for the last time The Hill's Morning Report - Trump impeached again; now what? MORE (R) tweeted to Trump that "the men & women of law enforcement are under assault."

"It is crucial you help restore order by sending resources to assist the police and ask those doing this to stand down," Rubio said.

Republican Rep. Mike GallagherMichael (Mike) John Gallagher'I saw my life flash before my eyes': An oral history of the Capitol attack GOP lawmaker on protesters storming Capitol: 'I have not seen anything like this since I deployed to Iraq' GOP lawmakers plead for calm, urge Trump to help restore order amid Capitol violence MORE (Wis.) told CNN that he hasn't "seen anything like this since I was in Iraq in 2007-09."

"The president needs to call it off. Call it off. It's over," Gallagher told the network. 

Trump spoke to supporters earlier on the National Mall on Wednesday, repeating falsehoods about the election being stolen and encouraging them to head towards the Capitol. He also put pressure on Republicans to support his efforts to overturn the results.

Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzCruz, Cornyn to attend Biden inauguration For platform regulation Congress should use a European cheat sheet Former GOP congressman says he's leaving party: 'This has become a cult' MORE (R-Texas), who was leading a challenge in the Senate to challenge the election results, called for peace after the violence broke out Wednesday. 

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"Those storming the Capitol need to stop NOW. The Constitution protects peaceful protest, but violence—from Left or Right— is ALWAYS wrong. And those engaged in violence are hurting the cause they say they support," Cruz tweeted.

The president called for law and order after the Capitol was breached, but did not explicitly condemn the demonstrations. 

"I am asking for everyone at the U.S. Capitol to remain peaceful. No violence! Remember, WE are the Party of Law & Order," the president tweeted.

Prior to that, in a separate tweet, the president called for peace and praised the Capitol Police. 

"Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement. They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!

Former Trump chief of staff Mick MulvaneyMick MulvaneyThe Hill's Morning Report - House to impeach Trump this week Democrats, GOP face defining moments after Capitol riot The Memo: GOP and nation grapple with what comes next MORE said his tweet "was not enough." 

"He can stop this now and needs to do exactly that. Tell these folks to go home," Mulvaney said.