A growing number of White House officials have resigned after armed supporters of President Trump stormed the Capitol building (the meeting place of the United States Congress and the seat of the legislative branch of the U.S), resulting in a lockdown.
A woman was shot dead by police and three others died of “medical emergencies”, says the police.
Some 68 people were arrested, with 41 of these detained on Capitol grounds, DC police say.
Congress reconvened after the violence and has now certified Joe Biden’s election win.
Trump called on his violent supporters to go home but repeated false claims the election was stolen. He has now released a statement promising an orderly transition of power.
Chuck Schumer, the Senate Democratic leader, has called for President Donald Trump to be “immediately” removed from office.
“What happened at the US Capitol yesterday was an insurrection against the United States, incited by the president. This president should not hold office one day longer,” he said in a statement.
He added that Mike Pence should invoke the 25th Amendment, which allows for a transfer of power from the president to the vice-president.
“If the vice-president and the cabinet refuse to stand up, Congress should reconvene to impeach the president,” he said.
Schumer is one of the most high-profile names to call for Trump to be removed over the incident, but he’s not the only one.
Adam Kinzinger, a Republican congressman for Illinois, has also called for the 25th Amendment to be invoked.
Below are scenes of the riot which led to deaths, injuries and arrests: