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Was Pence Rushed Out of Capitol During Electoral College Count?

Protesters "breached" the building on Jan. 6, 2021.

Published Jan 6, 2021

Vice President Mike Pence walks off the House floor during a joint session of Congress to count the electoral votes for President at the US Capitol in Washington, DC, January 6, 2021. - Congress is meeting to certify Joe Biden as the winner of the 2020 presidential election, with scores of Republican lawmakers preparing to challenge the tally in a number of states during what is normally a largely ceremonial event. (Photo by Erin Schaff / POOL / AFP) (Photo by ERIN SCHAFF/POOL/AFP via Getty Images) (Erin Schaff / POOL / AFP)
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U.S. Vice President Mike Pence was removed from the Senate chamber on Jan. 6, 2021, while presiding over the certification of the 2020 electoral college vote.

On Jan. 6, 2021, a mob objecting to the certification of the 2020 presidential election stormed the U.S. Capitol.

Amid reports that some had entered the building itself, several capitol police officers removed Vice President Mike Pence as he was overseeing debate over the certification of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris' victory in the electoral college. The event was captured on MSNBC's live broadcast:


As reported by NBC, Pence was escorted to a "secure location":

Vice President Mike Pence was ushered out of the Senate as the U.S. Capitol Complex went into lockdown due to an external security threat, while Trump supporters rioted outside the building.

A member of the Senate told NBC News that Vice President Pence and Sen. Charles Grassley, the president pro-tem, have been taken to a secure location. The Senate doors are closed and locked, and senators have been told to stay away from the doors.

This is a developing story.

Alex Kasprak is an investigative journalist and science writer reporting on scientific misinformation, online fraud, and financial crime.

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