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Trump supporters breach U.S. Capitol after clashes with police

Some representatives have been told to shelter in place, while several buildings and residences have been ordered to evacuate.
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3:20 p.m.

Update on Minnesota's 3rd District Rep. Dean Phillips, who has been among the most bipartisan representatives since taking office in 2019.

3:15 p.m.

A group of protesters is now outside the Governor's Mansion in St. Paul.

2:50 p.m.

President Donald Trump has now reportedly authorized the activation of the D.C. National Guard in response to the scenes at the Capitol.

2:35 p.m.

A speaker at the rally outside the Minnesota Capitol has made an apparent threat towards Gov. Tim Walz. Protesters are reportedly planning to march on the Governor's Mansion shortly.

2:30 p.m.

CNN is reporting that a woman shot inside the Capitol is in a critical condition. 

2:20 p.m.

Amid reports of more Trump supporters gathering in St. Paul, Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka tweeted that the "peaceful transition of power is paramount to democracy."

2:18 p.m. 

President Donald Trump is telling people at the Capitol to remember that they're the "party of law and order," a phrase he's used for months in the wake of protests following the killing of George Floyd. 

Minnesota's GOP Party Chairwoman tweeted about what's happening at the Capitol. 

2:15 p.m.

Searchers for definitions of words related to coups are spiking. 

This comes as photos from inside the Capitol show smoky hallways and a person hanging from what appears to be a balcony. 

And protesters have made it onto the Senate floor. 

2:10 p.m.

Just before 2 p.m., Congressman Pete Stauber, MN-08, tweeted about what's happening in D.C.

Meanwhile, journalists have been evacuated from the House press gallery. 

2:08 p.m.

There are reports someone was shot at the Capitol, with reporters citing sources. 

2:05 p.m.

Gov. Tim Walz at the start of his scheduled COVID-19 news conference addressed what is going on in Washington, D.C. and assured Minnesotans that the "situation here is calm and stable."

Walz noted that he was just speaking with Senate Majority Leader Paul Gazelka, noting they're both in "absolute alignment" that the "sacredness of our democracy, the ability to disagree agreeably is fundamental." 

2 p.m.

There are conflicting reports on whether the National Guard is responding to the Capitol. 

A Washington Post reporter, citing an unnamed source, says a request from Washington D.C. officials to deploy the National Guard has been denied by the federal Defense Department. 

Meanwhile, a CBS News reporter says the National Guard will be there shortly. 

1:54 p.m. 

Minnesota Congresswoman Betty McCollum tweeted that she and her staff are safe.

Minnesota Congressman Tom Emmer also tweeted about what's going on at the Capitol. 

Meanwhile, Huffington Post reporter Igor Bobic says protesters have made it into the chamber. 

And there are reportedly guns drawn in the Chamber. 

1:45 P.M.

Update from Minnesota Congressman Dean Phillips.

And this, from a Politico reporter at the scene.

1:30 P.M.

The U.S. Capitol is on lockdown and some lawmakers have been told to shelter in place as a large crowd of Trump supporters clashed with police on the steps of Congress.

What started as a "Stop the Steal" rally opposite the White House with speeches from, among others, President Donald Trump, moved to a protest outside the Capitol as the U.S. Senate met to ratify the results of the 2020 Election.

Video from the scene shows supporters clashing and eventually overrunning police on the steps of Congress, and took up a position outside the Capitol doors.

At 1:25 p.m., video was shared showing protesters breaching the Capitol building and smashing windows of some of its doors.

Vice President Mike Pence was rushed off the Senate floor as lockdown in the Capitol was announced, while House and Senate members have been told to shelter in an office.

Trump has alleged that the election has been "stolen," losing numerous lawsuits trying to overturn them since the Nov. 3 vote, and has called on senators to reject the votes of individual states in order to hand him victory.

But only a dozen-or-so GOP senators have said they would reject the votes, with Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell himself saying that Trump's contention are nought more than "sweeping conspiracy theories" and that overruling the vote "would damage our republic forever."

Among those sheltering in their office is Minnesota 5th District Rep. Ilhan Omar, who posted a video showing her view of the protests.

Minnesota's 3rd District Rep. Dean Phillips, a Democrat, had this to say: 

A smaller rally is taking place outside of the Minnesota Capitol on Wednesday.

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