US Capitol lockdown LIVE: 'One person shot' and Pence evacuated as Trump MAGA protesters storm building

ONE person has been shot as Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in a desperate attempt to stop Joe Biden's victory, it is being reported.

Congress are expected to validate the Electoral College votes, formally declaring Joe Biden and Kamala Harris as the incoming president and vice president of the US.

But protesters clashed with police, forcing the debate to be stopped and vice president Mike Pence to be evacuated, according to Bloomberg.

The chaos came as members of Congress were meeting to vote and certify the election results.

Follow all the latest developments via our live blog below...

  • Chris Bradford

    'UTTERLY HORRIFYING', SAYS SCOTTISH FIRST MINISTER NICOLA STURGEON

  • Chris Bradford

    STARMER: 'A DIRECT ATTACK ON DEMOCRACY'

    Labour leader Sir Keir Starmer has branded the scenes in Washington DC as "horrendous" and a "direct attack on democracy".

    Pro-Trump protesters have stormed the Capitol building in a bid to stop lawmakers certifying Joe Biden's electoral college victory in November.

    Sir Keir tweeted: "Horrendous scenes from the US.

    "These are not ‘protestors’ – this a direct attack on democracy and legislators carrying out the will of the American people."

  • Chris Bradford

    CRUZ: 'VIOLENCE IS ALWAYS UNACCEPTABLE'

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    'DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS'

    Renowned journalist Andrew Neil has condemned the scenes in DC as pro-Trump supporters stormed Capitol Hill, clashing with cops.

    He tweeted: "Tonight as they watch the appalling scenes unfold on Capitol Hill authoritarian leaders from Beijing to Kremlin will be rejoicing.

    "This is a record low for America. Very, very sad. Democracy in crisis."

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    TRUMP URGES PROTESTERS TO REMAIN 'PEACEFUL'

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    POLICE DRAW GUNS TO PROTECT LAWMAKERS, SAYS CONGRESSMAN

    Police in the chamber of the House of Representatives drew their weapons as supporters of Donald Trump tried to break in Wednesday, a congressman said.

    "Chamber security and Capitol Police have their guns drawn as protesters bang on the front door of the chamber," Representative Dan Kildee tweeted.

    "We have been instructed to lie down on the floor and put on our gas masks."

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    IN PICTURES: TRUMP PROTESTERS STORM CAPITOL HILL

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    HOW WILL A 50-50 SENATE WORK?

    Twin wins by Democrats in the two Senate runoff elections in Georgia, if confirmed, could divide the chamber 50-50 and give Democratic vice president-elect Kamala Harris the casting vote.

    Raphael Warnock defeated Republican incumbent Kelly Loeffler, and Jon Ossoff, a documentary filmmaker, declared victory with a narrow lead over incumbent David Perdue.

    The Senate currently has a Republican majority and Mitch McConnell is currently the Majority Leader.

    The Office of the Secretary of the US Senate says that it must have in hand a properly executed certificate of election from the state to swear in and seat a senator.

    A 50-50 split has happened three times before: in 1881, 1954, and 20 years ago.

    In 2001, the Senate was split 50-50 from January until June, when Senator James Jeffords left the Republican Party and became an independent.

    He caucused with the Democrats, giving them control.

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    ROMNEY HECKLED IN ANOTHER SHOW OF GOP DIVISIONS

    Supporters of Donald Trump heckled Republican senator Mitt Romney of Utah in an airport, exposing divisions in the GOP between Trump loyalists and those willing to accept the results of the presidential election.

    Romney has been considered Trump's sharpest GOP critic and is among a group of senators who called for an end to an effort to overturn President-elect Joe Biden's win

    Video of the airport confrontation posted online Tuesday night came as Trump backers around the U.S. traveled to DC for demonstrations as Congress meets to accept the Electoral College vote.

    It's being contested by some GOP lawmakers, but the effort is all but certain to fail.

    Romney, the 2012 GOP presidential nominee, has a deep well of popularity in Utah, but a significant slice of the state's conservative electorate is angry with him for criticizing the president, said political science professor Damon Cann.

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    COPS EVACUATE CONGRESS OFFICES AMID CLASHES WITH PRO-TRUMP PROTESTERS

    Police ordered the evacuation of several office buildings for the US Congress Wednesday as supporters of President Donald Trump broke down security barrricades on the steps of the Capitol.

    Capitol Police sent orders for Congressional staff to leave the Cannon building and other large offices after Trump called on his followers to protest the certification of Joe Biden's election victory inside the legislature.

    "Just evacuated my office in Cannon due to a nearby threat. Now we're seeing protesters assaulting Capitol Police," said Representative Nancy Mace in a tweet.

    "This is wrong. This is not who we are. I'm heartbroken for our nation today," she wrote.

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    WARNOCK'S RISE: FROM POVERTY TO US SENATOR

    The Rev. Raphael Warnock's roots showed little promise of a future that led to the U.S. Senate.

    He grew up in Savannah in the Kayton Homes public housing project, the second youngest of 12 children.

    His mother as a teenager had worked as a sharecropper picking cotton and tobacco while his father was a preacher who also made money hauling old cars to a scrapyard.

    Warnock became the first member of his family to graduate from college and he earned at Ph.D. in theology, eventually becoming head pastor of the Atlanta church where Martin Luther King Jr preached.

    The senator-elect, 51, will go to Washington as the first black senator elected from Georgia – a Southern state still grappling with its painful history of slavery, segregation and racial injustice.

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    MCCONNELL 'HANGS' PRESIDENT TRUMP OUT TO DRY IN SCATHING ATTACK ON FELLOW REPUBLICANS

    Republican Senator and one of Donald Trump's previously loyal supporters Mitch McConnell has "hung" the President out to dry in an extraordinary speech today.

    The Senate Majority leader launched a scathing attack on fellow Republicans who were challenging Joe Biden's electoral college victory, stressing it could do harm to America.

    "We cannot simply declare ourselves a national board of elections on steroids.

    "The voters, courts and states have all spoken. If we overrule them it would damage our republic forever," he told Senators.

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    TRUMP RAGES AGAINST 'BULLS*** ELECTION'

    Donald Trump raged against the "bulls*** election" and urged Mike Pence to "do the right thing" as GOP allies prepare to challenge Joe Biden’s win.

    Crowds gathered near the White House for the "Save America March" on the day Congress votes to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 US Presidential Election.

    MAGA fans rolled into DC for the second day as they continued to support Trump and his baseless claims of voter fraud.

    "We'll never give up. We'll never concede," Trump said.

    "We will not take it anymore."

    Trump insisted: "This was not a close election."

    He later questioned: "Does anybody really believe Joe had 80million votes?"

    The president then slammed late-night vote counting in the presidential election as "explosions of bulls***".

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    WATCH: REPUBLICANS OBJECT TO CERTIFYING ARIZONA'S RESULTS

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    REPUBLICANS APPLAUD AS CRUZ OBJECTS TO ARIZONA'S ELECTORAL VOTES.

    Republicans applaud as Capitol Hill politicians and Senator Ted Cruz objected to Joe Biden's victory in Arizona.

    A joint session of Congress is being held where legislators will count the electoral college votes following November's presidential election.

    It is being reported that over 60 Republicans objected to Joe Biden's victory in the battleground state which carries 11 electoral college votes.

    This means that Representatives and Senators will have to go and debate the objection in their respective chambers for two hours.

    There were no objections to Alabama's or Alaska's votes.

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    PENCE 'WILL NOT TRY TO STOP' BIDEN FROM BECOMING PRESIDENT

    Vice President Mike Pence will not try to stop Joe Biden from becoming the 46th president of the US.

    This comes just moments after President Trump urged his VP not to certify the Democrat's November election victory as he addressed MAGA supporters in Washington DC.

    Mr Pence will chair the session of Congress today which will convene to count the electoral college votes.

    "It is my considered judgment that my oath to support and defend the Constitution constrains me from claiming unilateral authority to determine which electoral votes should be counted and which should not," Mr Pence told colleagues in a letter.

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    CLINTON: 'GOP SENATORS MUST DECIDE BETWEEN UPHOLDING DEMOCRACY OR SIDING WITH A DELUSIONAL CON MAN'

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    GEORGIA RESULTS DELIVER 'CLEAR WARNING' TO REPUBLICANS, SAYS GOP POLLSTER

    The Democrats strong showing in the Georgia Senate run-offs sends a clear warning to Republicans about their behaviour, according to a leading GOP pollster.

    Raphael Warnock defeated Republican Sen. Kelly Loeffler in Tuesday's election while fellow Democrat Jon Ossoff leads in his race against incumbent David Perdue.

    Frank Luntz, who predicted Democratic victories in Georgia, praised former congresswoman Stacey Abrams for her "very impressive" organisation in the state.

    "You have to hold Donald Trump accountable. Look he showed up at that final rally and spent half the time talking about his own race from two months ago," the pollster told CNBC.

    "At some point, you have to look the American people straight in the eye and acknowledge reality.

    "As a pollster, as a researcher and as a communications specialist, I know how much damage today is going to do to the Republican Party brand."

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    TRUMP URGES VP PENCE NOT TO CERTIFY BIDEN VICTORY

    President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged vice president Mike Pence not to certify Joe Biden's election victory at a Congress session starting later today as he repeated unfounded allegations of voter fraud.

    "If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election," the Republican told cheering supporters in DC.

    "He has the absolute right to do it.

    "Mike Pence is going to have to come through for us, and if he doesn't, that will be a sad day for our country."

    Trump rebuked "weak" Republicans planning to go along with the certification, accusing them of having "turned a blind eye" and threatening them with primary challenges in future elections.

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    TRUMP: REPUBLICANS WHO CERTIFY BIDEN'S WIN ARE 'WEAK'

    Addressing protesters in Washington DC, President Trump has branded Republicans who plan to certify Joe Biden's victory in November's presidential election as "weak".

    The Republican-led Senate and Democratic-controlled House of Representatives are due to meet to formally certify Biden's victory in the Nov. 3 election in proceedings that could stretch past midnight. 

    In a joint session of Congress, Trump's allies plan to challenge the results from a handful of states won by Biden.

    Biden won the election by a 306-232 count in the state-by-state Electoral College and by a margin of more than 7 million ballots in the national popular vote, but the Republican president continues to falsely claim there was widespread fraud and that he was the victor.

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    TRUMP'S FALSE CLAIMS ON A DAY OF RECKONING

    President Donald Trump pressed his hopeless case for overturning the election results as Congress prepared Wednesday to tally the electoral votes affirming President-elect Joe Biden's victory.

    The Republican has been telling wildly false tales about the election outcome for two months in a flailing effort to upend Biden's win.

    He's not pulling back now on a day of reckoning that is firmly on track to seal his defeat in November's election despite plans by some of his allies in Congress to drag out the certification of the Electoral College results.

    He tweeted: "All Mike Pence has to do is send them back to the States, AND WE WIN. Do it Mike, this is a time for extreme courage!

    But, VP Pence has no authority under the Constitution, congressional rules, the law or custom to refer the results back to the states.

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    'WE WILL NEVER CONCEDE'

  • Dan Keane

    GOP SENATOR CLAIMS TRUMP RHETORIC 'DIDN'T HELP' IN GEORGIA ELECTION

    GOP Senator Shelley Moore Capito claims that President Trump's unproven allegations of voter fraud was "certainly not helpful" to her colleagues running for the Senate, The Hill reports.

    Sen. Capito for West Virginia called the results so far a "disappointment" with the Dems poised to clinch the Senate, though many news outlets are yet to call the race for Jon Ossoff.

  • Dan Keane

    OSSOFF RELEASES VIDEO MESSAGE

    Jon Ossoff has released this video message after claiming victory in the Senate runoff against David Perdue.

    He thanked the people of Georgia for "the confidence and trust that you have placed in me".

  • Dan Keane

    TRUMP DENIES NYT PENCE STORY

    Donald Trump has denied a New York Times report claiming that Mike Pence told him that he could not block Congress' certification of the results.

    In a response to the paper, Trump said: "Our Vice President has several options under the US Constitution. He can decertify the results or send them back to the states for change and certification.

    "He can also decertify the illegal and corrupt results and send them to the House of Representatives for the one vote for one state tabulation."

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