Scenes from the Capitol: Impeachment votes amid metal detectors, troops

Take your pick of the ways in which the U.S. Capitol is still seeing unprecedented days:

  • Lawmakers gathered in the House to vote on an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his role in inciting a deadly assault on the building by his supporters in an attempt to overturn the results of last November’s election — a move which later in the afternoon made him the only president to be impeached twice;
  • The move comes after Tuesday’s nonbinding resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, which allows him and a majority of the Cabinet to remove Trump form office (Pence ignored the request);
  • They had to walk through metal detectors to cast these votes;
  • Meanwhile, troops blanketed the building in anticipation of any possible further attacks. They’re part of a contingent of thousands of National Guard troops deployed to D.C. to guard against multiple threats of violence aimed at disrupting the inauguration of the winner of that election, President-elect Joe Biden.

It all made for some unprecedented pictures. Take a look.

The Capitol grounds have been fenced off and guarded by troops since Jan. 6. Over 20,000 National Guard troops are in D.C. “Clearly we are in uncharted waters,” said Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser.

Bowser is asking D.C. residents to avoid the downtown area entirely, and the city announced that 13 Metro stations inside the security perimeter will shut down for several days.



National Guard members operate under strict rules of engagement on the use of force. But generally speaking, troops can use lethal force to protect the lives of others and themselves.

The FBI has warned that armed protests by violent Trump supporters were being planned in all 50 state capitals as well as in Washington for the days leading up to the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Thousands of National Guard troops arrived outside the Capitol’s east front.

Meanwhile, anti-Trump protesters gathered at the Capitol in the afternoon.

Anti-Trump protesters gathered at the Capitol in the afternoon.

The Capitol Police prepared to arrest protesters Wednesday.

Rep. Steve Cohen (D-TN) speaks to reporters before the impeachment vote.

Rep. Lisa McClain walks to the House floor.

Rep. Brian Mast (R-FL) gives members of the National Guard a tour of the U.S. Capitol on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC.

The House of Representatives is pursuing an article of impeachment against President Donald Trump for his role in inciting an angry mob to storm the Capitol last week.

On Tuesday night, the House passed a resolution asking Vice President Mike Pence to use his power to throw Trump out of office. Pence refused.

Five people died in the riot by Trump supporters on Wednesday, Jan. 6, including a Capitol Police officer, after the president told loyalists to march on the Capitol, repeating his false claims that he only lost the election because of fraud, and invoking violent imagery more than once, including saying, “When you catch somebody in a fraud, you are allowed to go by very different rules.”

Lawmakers had to pass through metal detectors to enter the chamber during the vote. Some Republicans, such as Rep. Jim Jordan of Ohio, complained about it later.

Tuesday’s resolution passed, but was ignored by Pence.

Security has been increased throughout Washington following the breach of the U.S. Capitol last Wednesday, and leading up to the presidential inauguration.

The visitor center became a military encampment.

Guardsmen march out of the visitor center, headed for duty across Capitol grounds.

A military vehicle sits in the streets of D.C. on Sunday.

A flower sits in fencing that’s lining the streets of D.C.

Black Lives Matter Plaza is filled with signs condemning President Trump.

Signs condemning President Trump sit in Black Lives Matter Plaza.

D.C. streets are blocked by Mack Trucks, as well as fencing.

Police cars team up with Mack trucks to block some D.C. streets.

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