The FBI has reportedly sent a SWAT team into the Capitol Building as law enforcement struggles to quell a riot that forced Congress to evacuate.
FBI SWAT team in Capitol complex pic.twitter.com/SCLDTlQ0g0
— Leigh Ann Caldwell (@LACaldwellDC) January 6, 2021
FBI SWAT inside the Longworth House Office building in DC pic.twitter.com/BjwFytuPZz
— Abraxas Spa (@AbraxasSpa) January 6, 2021
Heavily armed SWAT members can be seen being led through the halls of an undisclosed building in the Capitol complex by police officers.
This is the fbi swat team in the capitol. pic.twitter.com/bY6maxLjLJ
— Jake Sherman (@JakeSherman) January 6, 2021
Joyce Karam of The National reported that the team is clearing the building while there are still rioters inside.
FBI Swat Teams inside US Capitol to clear building and eventually resume Election certification.
Some pro Trump radicals still inside. DC Police said they deployed ‘chemical irritants on police’ to breach Capitol (AP) pic.twitter.com/t87gKtEZBq
— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) January 6, 2021
White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany tweeted earlier Wednesday that President Donald Trump had directed the National Guard and “other federal protective services” to the Capitol to quell the rioting. (RELATED: Vice President Pence Begs Rioters To Leave Capitol Building, Calls For Peace Amid Chaos)
At President @realDonaldTrump’s direction, the National Guard is on the way along with other federal protective services.
We reiterate President Trump’s call against violence and to remain peaceful.
— Kayleigh McEnany (@PressSec) January 6, 2021
Rioters mobbed the Capitol as members of Congress met to certify electoral votes that will cement President-elect Joe Biden’s win. The mob smashed through glass doors before bursting into the building, where some rioters brawled with police officers while others dispersed a fire extinguisher.