Supporters of President Donald Trump have breached the U.S. Capitol, according to Capitol police officers, as lawmakers count the Electoral College votes certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win.Read updates on developments below:2:50 p.m.Protesters have breached Senate chambers, according to reports, while House members have been asked to “lie down on the floor and put on our gas masks,” Rep. Dan Kildee posted to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.”Chamber security and Capitol Police have their guns drawn as protesters bang on the front door of the chamber,” Rep. Kildee said on Twitter. “This is not a protest. This is an attack on America.”Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, asked for those protesting to do so peacefully on Twitter.”POTUS wants you to EXPRESS YOUR OPINION PEACEFULLY,” Giuliani said in part.2:30 p.m.Shortly after 1 p.m. hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers “traitors” for doing their jobs.About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building and the doors to the House and Senate were being locked.Video from inside the Capitol showed Trump supporters marching through Statuary Hall. The U.S. Capitol Police is asking for additional law enforcement for assistance, including federal authorities, per a source familiar. The protesters have breached exterior security barriers, and video footage shows protesters gathering and some clashing with police near the Capitol building. CNN’s team on the ground saw a number of protesters trying to go up the side of the Capitol building. Several loud flash bangs have been heard.Protesters could be seen pushing against metal fences and police using the fences to push protesters back, while other officers reached over the top to club people trying to cross their lines.Flash bangs could be heard near the steps of the Capitol as smoke filled the air. In some instances officers could be seen deploying pepper spray. Tear gas has been deployed, but it’s not clear whether by protesters or police, and people wiped tears from their eyes while coughing.Trump supporters chanted “USA” and waved American and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags toward the front of the crowd after things had calmed some. House and Senate debates about Electoral College objections have been placed on recess.The U.S. Capitol has been placed on lockdown.Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a citywide curfew that will go into effect beginning at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday and going into 6 a.m. ET Thursday.11:30 a.m.Hundreds of law enforcement officers have mobilized across Washington as thousands of supporters who refuse to accept President Donald Trump’s election loss have flocked to the nation’s capital to protest when Congress gathers Wednesday afternoon to put the final stamp on President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.By 10 a.m., Thousands of protesters gathered around the Washington Monument as the Elton John song “Tiny Dancer” played from loud speakers. The song was interrupted by an announcement telling people to leave behind backpacks, chairs and flagpoles so people could get through a security checkpoint. Hundreds of people carried flags. Some were American, some were Trump 2020 flags, among others.As part of their preparations, police posted signs around the district warning of the illegality of gun possession during protests as Trump tweeted his support for the protesters, saying, “Our Country has had enough, they won’t take it anymore!” and “We Hear you (and love you) from the Oval Office.”The Department of Homeland Security, which has staffed a “Virtual Situation Room” to help communication between different agencies, is “not currently tracking any active threats,” spokesman Alexei Woltornist said.Trump traveled a short distance from the White House to the rally Wednesday morning. About 20 aides were outside awaiting Trump’s departure, audibly shouting “Save our country” as he boarded his SUV. Trump gave a fist bump and appeared to blow a kiss.Trump addressed a large, tightly packed and largely maskless crowd of supporters on the Ellipse. His remarks got off to an inauspicious start as Trump’s microphone appeared to be turned off as he began speaking.”We can’t hear you!” members of the audience were heard shouting on the video feed, though he appeared unaware and kept speaking.Moments later, audio was restored, and Trump was railing against the media.Trump’s speech included calls for his vice president to step outside his constitutional bounds and overturn the results of the election.”Hope Mike is going to do the right thing,” Trump said at a rally on the Ellipse. “If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election.”Pence released a letter he wrote to congress Wednesday just after noon, saying he wouldn’t object to Biden’s victory.A large glass barrier shielded Trump from the crowd, similar to when he spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the Fourth of July 2019.Ahead of Trump’s speech, Rudy Giuliani was addressing the rally on the Ellipse, baselessly repeating claims that voting machines were “crooked,” and continuing to insist that Pence can do something today to change the election’s outcome, which he does not have power to do. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.”Let’s have trial by combat!” Giuliani told the enthusiastic crowd.D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the District is “absolutely prepared” for protests and announced that that at least ten people were arrested overnight related to the protests. At least one person was arrested for carrying an unlicensed gun and six people were charged with assault, including one for assaulting a police officer.”We had several arrests related to that activity, but not a single one of them was a D.C. resident,” she said.Authorities — a mix that includes local police, National Guard and federal uniformed officers — had already arrested several people ahead of demonstrations including the leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that Trump directly addressed during an autumn debate to “stand back and stand by.”The Proud Boys’ leader, Henry Tarrio, who goes by Enrique Tarrio, was released from police custody Tuesday on charges related to a protest last month and ordered by a local judge to stay out of DC as he awaits trial, including during this week’s protests.The Hearst TV National Desk contributed to this report.

Supporters of President Donald Trump have breached the U.S. Capitol, according to Capitol police officers, as lawmakers count the Electoral College votes certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

Read updates on developments below:

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2:50 p.m.

Protesters have breached Senate chambers, according to reports, while House members have been asked to “lie down on the floor and put on our gas masks,” Rep. Dan Kildee posted to Twitter on Wednesday afternoon.

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“Chamber security and Capitol Police have their guns drawn as protesters bang on the front door of the chamber,” Rep. Kildee said on Twitter. “This is not a protest. This is an attack on America.”

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Meanwhile, President Donald Trump and Rudy Giuliani, Trump’s attorney, asked for those protesting to do so peacefully on Twitter.

“POTUS wants you to EXPRESS YOUR OPINION PEACEFULLY,” Giuliani said in part.

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2:30 p.m.

Shortly after 1 p.m. hundreds of pro-Trump protesters pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol, where they tussled with officers in full riot gear, some calling the officers “traitors” for doing their jobs.

About 90 minutes later, police said demonstrators got into the building and the doors to the House and Senate were being locked.

Video from inside the Capitol showed Trump supporters marching through Statuary Hall. The U.S. Capitol Police is asking for additional law enforcement for assistance, including federal authorities, per a source familiar.

The protesters have breached exterior security barriers, and video footage shows protesters gathering and some clashing with police near the Capitol building. CNN’s team on the ground saw a number of protesters trying to go up the side of the Capitol building. Several loud flash bangs have been heard.

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Protesters could be seen pushing against metal fences and police using the fences to push protesters back, while other officers reached over the top to club people trying to cross their lines.

Flash bangs could be heard near the steps of the Capitol as smoke filled the air. In some instances officers could be seen deploying pepper spray. Tear gas has been deployed, but it’s not clear whether by protesters or police, and people wiped tears from their eyes while coughing.

Trump supporters chanted “USA” and waved American and “Don’t Tread on Me” flags toward the front of the crowd after things had calmed some.

House and Senate debates about Electoral College objections have been placed on recess.

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The U.S. Capitol has been placed on lockdown.

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued a citywide curfew that will go into effect beginning at 6 p.m. ET Wednesday and going into 6 a.m. ET Thursday.

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11:30 a.m.

Hundreds of law enforcement officers have mobilized across Washington as thousands of supporters who refuse to accept President Donald Trump’s election loss have flocked to the nation’s capital to protest when Congress gathers Wednesday afternoon to put the final stamp on President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.

By 10 a.m., Thousands of protesters gathered around the Washington Monument as the Elton John song “Tiny Dancer” played from loud speakers. The song was interrupted by an announcement telling people to leave behind backpacks, chairs and flagpoles so people could get through a security checkpoint. Hundreds of people carried flags. Some were American, some were Trump 2020 flags, among others.

As part of their preparations, police posted signs around the district warning of the illegality of gun possession during protests as Trump tweeted his support for the protesters, saying, “Our Country has had enough, they won’t take it anymore!” and “We Hear you (and love you) from the Oval Office.”

The Department of Homeland Security, which has staffed a “Virtual Situation Room” to help communication between different agencies, is “not currently tracking any active threats,” spokesman Alexei Woltornist said.

Trump traveled a short distance from the White House to the rally Wednesday morning. About 20 aides were outside awaiting Trump’s departure, audibly shouting “Save our country” as he boarded his SUV. Trump gave a fist bump and appeared to blow a kiss.

Trump addressed a large, tightly packed and largely maskless crowd of supporters on the Ellipse. His remarks got off to an inauspicious start as Trump’s microphone appeared to be turned off as he began speaking.

“We can’t hear you!” members of the audience were heard shouting on the video feed, though he appeared unaware and kept speaking.

Moments later, audio was restored, and Trump was railing against the media.

Trump’s speech included calls for his vice president to step outside his constitutional bounds and overturn the results of the election.

“Hope Mike is going to do the right thing,” Trump said at a rally on the Ellipse. “If Mike Pence does the right thing, we win the election.”

Pence released a letter he wrote to congress Wednesday just after noon, saying he wouldn’t object to Biden’s victory.

A large glass barrier shielded Trump from the crowd, similar to when he spoke in front of the Lincoln Memorial on the Fourth of July 2019.

Ahead of Trump’s speech, Rudy Giuliani was addressing the rally on the Ellipse, baselessly repeating claims that voting machines were “crooked,” and continuing to insist that Pence can do something today to change the election’s outcome, which he does not have power to do. There is no evidence of widespread voter fraud.

“Let’s have trial by combat!” Giuliani told the enthusiastic crowd.

D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser said the District is “absolutely prepared” for protests and announced that that at least ten people were arrested overnight related to the protests. At least one person was arrested for carrying an unlicensed gun and six people were charged with assault, including one for assaulting a police officer.

“We had several arrests related to that activity, but not a single one of them was a D.C. resident,” she said.

Authorities — a mix that includes local police, National Guard and federal uniformed officers — had already arrested several people ahead of demonstrations including the leader of the Proud Boys, a far-right group that Trump directly addressed during an autumn debate to “stand back and stand by.”

The Proud Boys’ leader, Henry Tarrio, who goes by Enrique Tarrio, was released from police custody Tuesday on charges related to a protest last month and ordered by a local judge to stay out of DC as he awaits trial, including during this week’s protests.

The Hearst TV National Desk contributed to this report.

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