The great damage the mob wrought in the Capitol on Wednesday was exposed in a series of harrowing images that showed broken windows, graffiti-covered statues and tear gas stains on the walls.
Bags filled with zipties, bullet holes, dirty footprints, and overturned furniture were seen strewn across U.S. lawmakers as the FBI and DC police began the hunt down those responsible.
Crews were seen in front of the building building "non-scalable" black fences around the outdoor area just after 10:30 this morning, which officials considered before Joe Biden's inauguration after the violence that erupted less than 24 hours earlier Labeled “Precaution”.
The Capitol suffered significant damage when hordes of rioters kicked in doors and climbed scaffolding to gain access to lawmakers.
The house spokeswoman for Nancy Pelosi was also vandalized, with her trains drawn and papers scattered on the floor. Several protesters had uploaded pictures to social media throughout the demonstration, mocking themselves at their desks for selfies.
The stage on which Biden's inauguration will take place on January 20 was also badly damaged, and protesters seemed intent on wreaking havoc as much as possible. While the stage is still in place, it will reportedly need a lot of repairs before the event, putting weeks of work behind it.
Wednesday's demonstration, led by Trump, protested the outgoing president's loss of election to Joe Biden.
One protester, US Air Force veteran Ashli Babbitt, was shot dead by police during the riot and at least three others died of "medical emergencies".
Senator Tim Scott, R-S.C., Stops early Thursday morning to investigate the damage at the Capitol, just hours after thousands of Trump supporters stormed the building
Broken windows, damaged furniture and raided offices are the scene of the devastating unrest
Also among the rubble were a number of red Make America Great Again caps, Trump's branded merchandise, and several US flags
Elsewhere in the building, a large cloth sign reading "Treason" was left on the floor of a hallway
The bust of US President Zachary Taylor is covered in plastic after blood was smeared during Wednesday's demonstrations
There is a travel bag with flex cuffs on the north entrance door
The remains of pepper spray, tear gas and fire extinguishers are still dusting the area around the north entrance
Crews were seen in front of the building just after 10:30 a.m. this morning erecting high black fences around the outside area
Clean-up crews were seen inside the building Thursday morning picking up broken glass from the Capitol floor, polishing statues, and throwing out discarded banners, some of which read "Stop the Steal Patriots."
Among the rubble were a number of red Make America Great Again caps and several US flags.
In a press conference Thursday morning with DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said that military personnel were building a seven-foot-high, non-scalable fence around the entire Capitol.
McCarthy said the fence will stay in place for at least 30 days, which means Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20 is still pending.
A National Guard at the Capitol told the Washington Post that officials had been instructed not to let people into the compound.
A small number had been let into the area this morning, some choosing to take pictures, walk around, or jog.
A woman stood in front of the iconic Capitol dome with a sign that read "God Bless America". A Trump fan stood nearby and waived the "Trump 2020" flag.
According to local reports, the Capitol grounds were mostly empty by 11 a.m., with only news media at the north and south ends of the building.
Clean up and National Guard at the U.S. Capitol after protesters stormed the building yesterday
The Capitol was damaged when rioters broke windows, kicked doors, and climbed scaffolding to gain access to legislature
Cleanup crews were seen inside the building on Thursday morning
The stage where Joe Biden's inauguration will take place on January 20 has also been badly damaged, and protesters seemed intent on wreaking havoc as much as possible
Debris can be seen at the entrance to the west terrace (left) and a broken window can be seen on the east side of the building (right).
Staff walk past a broken window next to the Senate car entrance on the east side of the U.S. Capitol building
They were seen picking up broken glass from the floor of the Capitol and polishing destroyed statues
A destroyed statue is covered in plastic from Thursday morning in the US Capitol
A worker walks past used crowd control chemicals near the Capitol Police checkpoint
A shoe print can be seen on a pane of glass in a door at the north entrance to the building
A woman stood in front of the iconic Capitol dome with a sign that read "God Bless America". On the right is a Trump supporter
Thursday morning's calm scenes marked a dramatic departure from the chaos that erupted in the heart of American democracy for much of Wednesday afternoon and evening.
The siege came around 3 p.m. shortly after Trump approached thousands of his supporters and encouraged them to descend into the Capitol, where lawmakers had gathered to confirm Joe Biden's electoral college victory in the presidential election.
Dozens of demonstrators – many of them armed and most of them without masks – broke through barricades around the building and pushed past countless police officers to enter the rotunda.
A small group of protesters managed to get into the chamber, where lawmakers were told to hide and put on gas masks when Trump supporters began using chemical irritants.
A protester took the Senate podium and shouted, "Trump won this election".
Some protesters even lived in Nancy Pelosi's office and sat mockingly at a desk. A mirror was smashed, their desks were searched, and the lawmaker's nameplate was also destroyed.
There was a note on her desk that read "WE WILL NOT BE BACK" in a red pen.
The Senate MP's office was also searched. A video uploaded to Twitter by CNN journalist Ali Zaslav revealed the destruction by rioters with papers being thrown on the floor.
The remains of pepper spray, tear gas and fire extinguishers dust the security console at the entrance to the west promenade
Thursday morning's quiet scenes mark a dramatic departure from the chaos that erupted in the heart of American democracy for much of Wednesday afternoon and evening
Reporters at the Capitol this morning said there were shards of glass all over the building
Workers are starting to clear up the rubble and damage caused by the pro-Trump mob
A local woman volunteers to clear trash in the U.S. Capitol on Thursday
In a press conference Thursday morning with DC Mayor Muriel E. Bowser, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said that military personnel were building a seven-foot-high, non-scalable fence around the entire Capitol
Elsewhere in the building, there was a large cloth sign reading "Treason" on the floor of a hallway. Dozens of plastic bottles and debris also lined the bases of the statues.
USA Today reporter Christal Hayes tweeted that "there was glass everywhere" on Thursday morning.
“I'm in the Capitol for @USATODAY. The aftermath of Trump rioters storming the building shaking glass everywhere, dust covering the floor, broken benches turned on their side, medical equipment including an IV and AED machine used on a woman bruised in chaos she said.
The Fox News producer also shared pictures of further destruction in the Senate victory on the first floor of the Capitol.
The pictures showed more broken glass, overturned furniture and rimmed windows.
The area where a protester was shot was also photographed and crews cleared it up today.
USA Today reporter Christal Hayes tweeted that "there was glass everywhere" on Thursday morning
Remnants of a chemical irritant can be seen on the floor of the Capitol in the picture above
The pictures showed more broken glass, overturned furniture and rimmed windows.
Workers covered the bust of US President Zachary Taylor, which appeared to have been destroyed with a red substance yesterday
A Capitol Task Force architect refills stolen fire extinguishers near the Senate
Workers clean the Capitol rotunda and dust off statues that have been destroyed in the chaos
Extensive cleaning work was also carried out outside the building by Thursday morning
The protective fence around the Capitol will remain open for about 30 days – meaning it is scheduled for Biden's inauguration on January 20
Damage and debris is left at the western boardwalk entrance by a pro-Trump mob, including a megaphone, liquor bottles and a Vision Times newspaper
As day turned into night, four people died in the siege and several officers were injured.
Ashli Babbitt, 35, of San Diego, was shot in the chest while trying to climb through a barricaded entrance with a bunch of Trump props trying to gain access to the chamber.
Footage of the fatal incident shows Babbitt and a group of Trump supporters trying to push their way through barricaded double doors with several armed officers standing on the other side.
When Babbitt tries to climb up through a broken window, a rioter yells, "He has a gun," but the warning comes too late. The officer then fires a single shot and drops the veteran to the ground on her back.
Oklahoma Republican Congressman Markwayne Mullin witnessed the shooting and told ABC Thursday that the US Capitol police officer who fatally shot Babbitt "had no choice" but to open fire.
The official involved in the shooting was on leave pending investigation, the U.S. Capitol PD confirmed in a statement Thursday.
In addition to Babbitt, three other people died of "medical emergencies" during the siege on Wednesday. A total of 52 people were arrested, including 26 on Capitol grounds. Four of the arrests were related to firearms offenses.
Pro-Trump protesters stormed into the U.S. Capitol in clashes with police
The siege took place around 3 p.m. shortly after Trump approached thousands of his supporters and encouraged them to descend on the Capitol
Damage to the door that leads to the chamber of the house can be seen on Thursday
Members of the National Guard patrol the Capitol grounds Thursday morning
There are remains of a demonstrator poster under an entrance sign for congress members and staff
Steven A. Sund, the Capitol Police Chief, made his first public statement Thursday morning about his agency's response to the riot.
However, Sund did not acknowledge any shortcomings in his department's response, even though his officials were completely overwhelmed.
"USCP officials and our law enforcement partners reacted bravely when faced with the thousands of people involved in inflammatory actions as they stormed the United States Capitol," the statement began.
& # 39; These individuals have actively attacked U.S. Capitol Police officers and other uniformed law enforcement officers with metal pipes, released chemical irritants, and used other weapons against our officers. They were determined to enter the Capitol building, doing great damage. & # 39;
Sund also confirmed that the officer who fatally shot Babbitt has been on leave pending an internal investigation.
He concluded by adding that "the attack on the US Capitol was unlike any I've seen in Washington, DC in my 30 years of law enforcement."
The White House also made a statement this morning from Assistant Secretary Judd Deere saying: “The White House mourns the loss of life that occurred yesterday and expresses its condolences to families and loved ones. We continue to pray for a speedy recovery for the injured. & # 39;
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