Pence rushed out of Senate chamber as protesters storm Capitol

Vice President Mike Pence arrives for the joint session of the House and Senate convenes to confirm the electoral votes Jan. 6.
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Vice President Mike Pence was swiftly ushered out of the Senate chamber on Wednesday after protesters supporting President Donald Trump breached the Capitol amid Congress' certification of President-elect Joe Biden's Electoral College victory.

Pence was in the chamber on Wednesday afternoon to oversee the proceedings, and listening to debate over an objection to Arizona's electoral vote count.

Members of the press at the Capitol reported that the Senate is sheltering in place. Around the same time, a Capitol Police officer spoke from the House floor, confirming a breach of the building by protesters.

The chaos comes amid other evacuations at buildings across the Capitol complex, including at the Cannon House Office Building.

President Donald Trump urged his supporters ahead of the proceedings earlier Wednesday to head to the Capitol.

"We're going to walk down to the Capitol. And we're going to cheer on our brave senators and congressmen and women, and we're probably not going to be cheering so much for some of them," Trump said at a rally outside of the White House.

"Because you'll never take back our country with weakness," he added. "You have to show strength, and you have to be strong."