Stars and Stripes stripes.com 06 Jan, 2021 19:30 am

Protesters swarm to Capitol, halt Congress' session on Biden victory

Protesters swarm to Capitol, halt Congress' session on Biden victory
As demonstrators swarmed the U.S. Capitol, Congress was forced to abruptly halt deliberations Wednesday over Republican challenges to Joe Biden's presidential victory.

Lawmakers had convened for an extraordinary joint session to confirm the Electoral College results but protests erupted outside the Capitol and government office buildings were being evacuated.Vice President Mike Pence was closely watched as he stepped onto the dais to preside over the joint session in the House chamber.The joint session of Congress, required by law, convened before a watchful, restless nation — months after the election, two weeks before the inauguration's traditional peaceful transfer of power and against the backdrop of a surging COVID-19  pandemic.Under the rules of the joint session, any objection to a state's electoral tally needs to be submitted in writing by at least one member of the House and one of the Senate to be considered.

, walks into the House chamber before a joint session of the House and Senate convenes to count the electoral votes cast in November's election, at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan 6, 2021.President Donald Trump's relentless effort to overturn the election results and cling to the White House drew a massive crowd to the White House, and then Trump sent them to the Capitol.

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