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Buildings in U.S. Capitol complex evacuated amid pro-Trump protests


Supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump clash with police officers in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S. January 6, 2021.Stephanie Keith | ReutersWASHINGTON – Buildings that makeup part of the U.S. Capitol complex were temporarily evacuated Wednesday as lawmakers begin the procedural process of counting the Electoral College votes and formally declaring President-elect Joe Biden the winner.The evacuation of Cannon House Office Building and Madison Building followed a rally hosted by President Donald Trump where he told the crowd multiple times he would join them in marching toward the Capitol to challenge his election loss.Occupants that were evacuated from Cannon, on the House side of the Capitol, were given clearance to re-enter the building.Capitol Police didn’t immediately respond to CNBC’s request to comment on whether the evacuations were related to the protests.The Republican National Committee headquarters, which is steps away from Capitol Hill, was also evacuated earlier Wednesday due to a suspicious package, a spokesperson wrote in a statement, adding that an investigation is currently underway.As protesters breached the Capitol steps, lawmakers took to Twitter to express concern.

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