LIVE: The Siege Of The Capitol Building

President Trump’s supporters storm the Capitol Building


Sruthi Ramesh

At the siege of the Capitol many rioters shirts, hats and masks declared President Trump’s slogan “Make America Great Again.”

1/11/21 @10:00 AM CST

The House unveiled articles of impeachment against the already impeached President Trump. The cited reason for the articles was “incitement of insurrection.”

1/8/21 @10:00 AM CST

45th President Donald J. Trump tweeted that he will not be attending soon to be 46th President Joseph R. Biden Jr.’s inauguration. This is the first time in 152 years that an incumbent will not be attending his successors inauguration.

1/8/21 @9:40 AM CST

The DC Metropolitan Police Department’s homicide unit is investigating the murder of Brian D. Sicknick who was a US Capitol police officer. Officer Sicknick got back to his office after responding to and physically engaging with rioters. He then collapsed. He was then rushed to the hospital where he succumbed to his injuries.

1/8/21 @7:35 AM CST

It has been reported that 82 rioters were arrested on Thursday night. Officials are still focused on making arrests, sifting through videos and images of the riots.

1/8/21 @6:00 AM CST

More than 200 lawmakers are calling for the removal of Trump from office, either by the 25th Amendment or Impeachment. This amount is double how many supporters this cause had at this time, yesterday. Those spearheading this initiative include House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and soon to be  Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer.

1/8/21 @5:40 AM CST

After being injured from engaging with protestors from the Capitol siege, Officer Brian D. Sicknick passed away last night at 9:30 PM. He is the 5th person to die as a result of the violence on Jan. 6.

1/7/21 @6:10 PM CST

Trump released an official video outwardly condemning rioters at the Capitol invasion, and promised that they will be punished to the full extent of the law. He also announced that “a new administration will be inaugurated on Jan. 20,” and that his “focus now turns to ensuring a smooth, orderly, and seamless transition of power.” This statement marks the first time he has publicly conceded and accepted the results of the November election.

1/7/21 @5:50 PM CST

The Secret Service has requested that the U.S. Park Service put up fencing around the White House until the end of Biden’s inauguration.

1/7/21 @11:25 AM CST

Republican Illinois Congressman Adam Kinzinger called on Donald Trump Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment and deem him unfit to be in office. If this is enacted, Mike Pence would serve as President until Jan. 20. Democratic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar tweeted out that she will be drawing up articles of impeachment. If Mr. Trump were to be removed from office via the 25th amendment it would be his second impeachment, his first impeachment was on Jan. 16 of 2020.

1/7/21 @11:20 AM CST

The National Guard has been announced to stay in D.C. until the end of Biden’s inauguration. Initially, there will be about 200 troops on the streets, with troops reaching 6,200 members.

1/7/21 @11:10 AM CST

A video of the woman who was shot and killed yesterday revealed that she was shot by Capitol police. The woman’s identity has been revealed, her name was Ashli Babbitt. Babbitt was 35 years old and served in the Armed Forces.

1/7/21 @10:59 AM CST

The D.C. Police have made 68 arrests, with only one of them being an actual Washington residnt. According to NBC News, the list includes: Five arrests for possession of an illegal firearm (One on U.S. Capitol Grounds), Two arrests for illegal possession of other weapons (metal knuckles & blackjack-like weapon), 25 arrests for curfew violations and unlawful entry on the Capitol Grounds, and 36 arrests for curfew violations.

1/7/21 @7:46 AM CST

52 people were arrested on Wednesday, and it has been confirmed that 4 people died at the Capitol. One woman died by gunshot, and one woman and two men died from separate but unidentified medical emergencies.

1/7/21 @3:39 AM CST

Due to his account’s ban, Trump’s aide tweeted out a statement on the president’s behalf. “Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th.”

1/7/21 @3:30 AM CST

Biden surpasses 270 certified Electoral College votes, finishing the night with a tally of 306-232.

1/6/21 @8:50 PM CST

Many Republicans, such as Georgia Senator Kelly Loeffler, decided that in light of “violence, the lawlessness, and siege of the halls of Congress,” they would withdraw their objections to congressional certification of Biden’s victory.

1/6/21 @7:30 PM CST

Majority leader, Mitch McConnell and Minority leader Chuck Schumer spoke on the floor of the senate. McConnell failed to clearly denounce the rioters, who caused the mass disruption. However, his speech aimed to unify the members of the nation saying, “Voters, the courts and the states have all spoken — they’ve all spoken.” Schumer then took the floor saying, “This day will go down in history as one of our countries darkest days.” He also called for the rioters to face legal action along with calling them “thugs and goons.”

1/6/21 @7:00 PM CST

VP Pence addressed the Senate and received applause from the chamber as a response to his condemnation of the rioters. He said “Those who wreaked havoc in our Capitol today, you did not win. Violence never wins. Freedom wins. This is still the people’s house. As we reconvene in this chamber, the world will again witness the resilience and strength of our democracy.” The senate resumes meeting on the floor, hours after the storming of the Capitol Building.

Pictured is a map of the interior of the Capitol building, provided by the new york times. Click here to learn more about how the rioters breached the walls of capitol hill.

1/6/20 @6:30 PM CST

Legislators leave their secure locations and head back to the Capitol to reconvene.

1/6/20 @6:00 PM CST

Twitter disabled Trump’s account after repeatedly violating its rules of conduct in posts about the breach of Capitol Hill. His Twitter account will reportedly be suspended for 12 hours after the removal of the tweets that violated Twitter’s Civic Integrity Policy. Facebook blocks him from posting on his page for 24 hours. UPDATE: Trump has been banned from Facebook & Instagram indefinitely.

1/6/20 @5:30 PM CST

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi sent a letter to her colleagues, stating that all members will return to finish the counting of the electoral college votes tonight.

1/6/20 @5:00 PM CST

It is revealed that during the riot, a woman was shot and killed inside the Capitol. All other details of the incident have not yet been released. UPDATE: Video of the woman who was shot and killed was released, giving a clearer idea of the incident. It is still unknown who shot and killed the woman; her identity has not yet been released.

1/6/20 @4:30 PM CST

The Sergeant at Arms announced that with the help of the Capitol Police, the Metropolitan Police, the FBI, and the National Guard Troops, the Capitol building has been secured.

1/6/20 @3:30 PM CST

Trump released a minute long video, standing in solidarity with the rioters by continuing to claim voter fraud, even though the intent was to tell the people to go home. At the end of the video Trump then told people to “Go home now. We have to have peace. We have to have law and order.” 

1/6/20 @3:00 PM CST

President-Elect Joe Biden, who was scheduled to give a speech on the economy changed the tone of the message saying, “At their best, the words of a president can inspire… at their worst, they can incite,” in reference to Mr. Trump’s enabling of the rioters. Biden also had this to say in regards to Trump’s handle on the situation: “I call on President Trump to go on national television now to fulfill his oath and defend the Constitution and demand an end to this siege.”

1/6/20 @1:59 PM CST

Tear gas is fired into the Capital Chamber and remaining lawmakers are told to put on their gas masks.

1/6/20 @1:30 PM CST

DC Mayor Muriel Bowser orders a citywide curfew from 6 p.m. – 6 a.m., that affects all except essential workers.

A supporter of US President Donald Trump sits inside the office of US Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi as he protests inside the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. The man posted this photo on social media. (Provided by Getty Images)

1/6/20 @ 1:20 PM CST

The angry mob of Trump supporters, opposing the results of the election, surged past barriers. This halted any and all debate over the electoral college. The rioters climbed walls, clashed with police, and had broken through the capitol buildings windows and doors. The representatives on the floor of the senate were quickly evacuated, while those who were sitting up in the wings were barricaded in by rioters, forcing them to shelter in place while there was a standoff. Trump supporters then proceeded to overtake the building and rummage through representatives’ offices; one individual going so far as taking a mocking photo of another man in Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi’s office chair, and leaving a taunting note reading “We will not back down.” Trump remains silent on his social media.

1/6/20 @1:00 PM CST

Senate Majority leader Mitch McConnell said that voters should not be overpowered by the will of Congress- “If we overrule them, we will damage our republic forever.” Outside, screaming and yelling encompassed the streets of Washington in front of The Capitol.

1/6/20 @12:00 PM CST

VP Pence defies Trump, stating that he would follow the Constitution and not Trump’s demands.

1/6/20 @11:00 AM CST

At a Washington rally, Donald Trump included a public endorsement of the conspiracy theories of voter fraud which was the cause of the following melee. He called upon Vice President Pence to overturn the results of the electoral college, which is out of the VP’s power.