Around 2.30pm ET on January 6, 2021, rioters climbed the walls outside the Capitol, collided with police and pushed past barriers outside the building. The mob gained access to the building after storming past police with some broken windows to enter.
Shortly before 2:30 p.m. ET, the Capitol Police had requested additional law enforcement assistance.
After entering the Capitol, rioters began to roam the halls of Congress. Many wore red MAGA hats as they took pictures in the Statuary Hall, right on the floor of the house.
“I’ve never been to this House, what about you?” shouted a woman to the crowd. “It’s right, we own it. We own you!”
Then-Vice President Mike Pence was evacuated from the Senate along with Republican Senator Charles Grassley of Iowa. As president pro tempore, Grassley is third in line after the president, after Pence and House of Representatives Nancy Pelosi.
Police are also beginning to evacuate other lawmakers and staff present for the election confirmation. On the way out, employees grabbed the boxes with the ballot papers of the Electoral College to bring them to safety.
Shortly after kl. 14.45 ET, as chaos descended over the Capitol, troublemakers entered the Senate chamber, with several posing for photos behind the podium.
At 2:48 p.m. ET, Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser announced a curfew for the entire city in response to the escalating situation at the Capitol. She imposed a curfew for the entire city for Washington from 6 p.m. 18.00 ET for the following day at. 6.00 ET.
The police were able to clear the troublemakers from the senate floor around 15:25 ET. Rebels were pushed away from the Senate wing of the building and moved toward the Rotunda.
Trump finally dispatched the National Guard at 3:36 p.m. ET. Hours after rioters broke into the Capitol, White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted that Trump had sent the National Guard to DC along with “other federal protection services.”
See a full timeline of events on January 6, 2021 here.
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