House members told to don gas masks at Capitol

Us Capitol On Lockdown As Trump Supporters Breach Police Line; Electoral College Debate In Recess
Jose Luis Magana

Supporters of President Donald Trump rally outside of the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. (AP Photo/Jose Luis Magana)

WASHINGTON — Congress has recessed its debate over the electoral count after the U.S. Capitol was breached by protesters.

There was confusion in the House chamber as he Capitol doors were locked and the debate was suspended. A representative from the Capitol police spoke from a lectern on the dais and told lawmakers to remain calm.

The U.S. Capitol locked down Wednesday with lawmakers inside as violent clashes broke out between supporters of President Donald Trump police. Protesters tore down metal barricades at the bottom of the Capitol’s steps and were met by officers in riot gear.

Some tried to push past the officers who held shields and officers could be seen firing pepper spray into the crowd to keep them back.