Senate Aide Reportedly Seized Electoral College Ballots Before Chamber Was Stormed By Mob

(Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

Marlo Safi Culture Reporter
Font Size:

A Senate aide reportedly seized copies of Electoral College certificates before lawmakers were evacuated Wednesday from the Capitol Building after pro-Trump rioters stormed inside, numerous sources reported.

A “quick-thinking” Senate aide rescued the ballots as Trump supporters breached the Capitol Building, when Congress was carrying out the certification of the votes, Democratic Illinois Sen. Tammy Duckworth said, according to CBS News political correspondent Ed O’Keefe.

Rioters stormed the Senate chamber, interrupting the count that began at 1 p.m. of the votes that would cement President-elect Joe Biden’s victory and ignited violence in Washington, D.C., that has resulted in the death of a woman who was shot inside the Capitol building. (RELATED: ‘Pipe Bomb Reported’: Hill Staff Evacuates As Pro-Trump Mob Storms Capitol Building)

Proceedings for the vote are expected to resume at 8 p.m., Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer said, according to CNN reporter Manu Raju.

Democratic D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser enacted a citywide curfew of 6 p.m. and requested additional National Guard support after already mobilizing 100 troops ahead of the rally to protest the 2020 election. Democratic Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam announced he would send Virginia National Guardsmen and 200 state troopers to the city.