US Capitol goes into lockdown as pro-Trump protesters storm buildings

US Capitol goes into lockdown as pro-Trump protesters storm buildings

- US Capitol, where the certification of the November 3 US presidential election is taking place, has been locked down

- This is as supporters of President Trump stormed the building to prevail on the lawmakers not to certify Biden's victory

- Vice President Mike Pence and US legislators are inside the complex for the certification process

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The US Capitol has locked down with lawmakers inside as pro-Trump protesters attempted to gain access to the building, Aljazeera has reported.

The international media outfit stated that some Americans protesting in support of President Donald Trump have entered the complex while lawmakers have gone into recess. notes that Vice President Mike Pence is also at the complex presiding over the counting and certification of the Electoral College votes won by the candidate of the Democratic Party, Joe Biden.

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Though he lost to Biden, President Trump has consistently insisted, without any evidence, that the election was marred by irregularities.

He subsequently asked his deputy, Vice President Mike Pence not to certify the votes but to send them back to their respective states.

The embattled US president claimed that many states want to decertify the votes just as he said the vice president has the power to send the votes back to the states instead of certifying them.

However, Vice President Pence has reportedly told him that the plan will not be possible, saying he has no authority to block the certification.

Earlier, reported that at least six people were arrested in Washington D.C. on Tuesday, January 5 as thousands of American citizens geared up for larger protests in support of President Trump.

Videos on social media also showed some clashes between protesters and police.

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The supporters of the US president reportedly laid siege on Washington to back his claims of election fraud.

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In another related report, President Trump had also pressured Georgia’s Republican secretary of state, Brad Raffensperger, to “find” enough votes to overturn Biden’s win in the state’s presidential election.

Trump repeatedly cited disproven claims of fraud and raising the prospect of “criminal offence” if officials did not change the vote count during a phone call recorded and its details later released.

Critics say the phone call was the latest step in an unprecedented effort by Trump to pressure a state official to reverse the outcome of the election he lost.

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