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Pro-Trump protesters interrupt electoral vote confirmation hearing

Lawmakers evacuated for their safety


Last updated 1/6/2021 at 3:25pm

Pro-Trump protesters have stormed the Capitol Building in Washington, D.C. interrupting a congressional hearing to confirm the electoral college's votes in the 2020 General Election that resulted President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

The protesters breached barricades, forcing lawmakers to be evacuated from the building for their safety.

The National Guard has been activated and there are reports of one woman having been shot, though no further details on the incident have been released.

12 U.S. Senators including Steve Daines, R-Mont., had announced their plans earlier this week to object to the electoral results from several states that they have called disputed due to accusations of voter fraud and election irregularities.

Newly elected Rep. Matt Rosendale, R-Mont., said Tuesday he would vote against certifying the votes of electors from disputed states.

The Department of Homeland Security, in a statement after the election, said it was the most secure in U.S. history and more than 50 lawsuits filed by the President Trump's campaign and his allies have been thrown out due to a lack of merit.

Daines said on Twitter today that he condemns political violence of any kind and said it is unacceptable.

U.S. Senator Jon Tester, D-Mont ,. who has condemned the acts of his fellow senators in opposing certifying the votes, put out a Tweet in which said his staff are safe before expressing a similar sentiment.

"The violent actions we are seeing today at our nation’s Capitol are an affront to our democracy and have no place in America," he said.

In a joint statement House Majority Leader Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer demanded that Trump call off his supporters and tell them to vacate the area immediately.

At time of writing Trump has urged the protesters to be peaceful but has not asked them to leave.

Watch for more in Thursday’s edition of Havre Daily News.


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