The certification of Democratic candidate Joe Biden as president-elect was suspended after protesters breached Congress on Wednesday.
The demonstrators, who claim the election was stolen from President Donald Trump, stormed the US Capitol, forcing lawmakers who were trying to certify Biden’s status to be rushed from the building.
A woman is reportedly in critical condition after being shot. Also, authorities found a IED bomb on Capitol premises, reports say.
Minutes after the breach, Trump, who had asked supporters to gather for a “wild” protest, issued a call for peace.
The protesters invaded Congress after clashing with the police who were forced to retreat.
“Please support our Capitol Police and Law Enforcement,” Trump tweeted. “They are truly on the side of our Country. Stay peaceful!”
Vice President Mike Pence, who was presiding over the joint session of the Senate and the House, was rushed to a secure location as chaos ensued.
The Pentagon said about 1,100 District of Columbia National Guard members were being mobilized to help support law enforcement at the Capitol.
Some Republican lawmakers contested the election result in Congress. Proceedings should resume after security agencies restore calm. But the invaders have reportedly vowed to occupy Congress all night.
Under US law, there will be a presidential inauguration on January 20. All election disputes must be settled before that time.