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Capitol Hill turns in to an armed encampment on the day of historic impeachment

Updated : 2021-01-14 16:27:35

With thousands of rifle-carrying National Guard troops inside and outside the Capitol, an emotional debate unfolded in the same House chamber where lawmakers had ducked under chairs and donned gas masks on January 6 as rioters clashed with police officers outside the doors.

Troops hold inside the Capitol Visitor's Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington. Donald Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, as 10 of his fellow Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to charge him with inciting an insurrection in last week's violent rampage in the Capitol. (Text: Reuters& AP/ Image: AP)
Troops hold inside the Capitol Visitor's Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington. Donald Trump became the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice, as 10 of his fellow Republicans joined Democrats in the House of Representatives to charge him with inciting an insurrection in last week's violent rampage in the Capitol. (Text: Reuters& AP/ Image: AP)
Rep. Brian Mast visits with National Guard troops who are helping with security at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
Rep. Brian Mast visits with National Guard troops who are helping with security at the Capitol Rotunda in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)
The vote in the Democratic-controlled House was 232-197 following the deadly assault on American democracy, although it appeared unlikely the swift impeachment would lead to Trump's ouster before his four-year term ends and Democratic President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20. (Text: Reuters/ Image: AP)
The vote in the Democratic-controlled House was 232-197 following the deadly assault on American democracy, although it appeared unlikely the swift impeachment would lead to Trump's ouster before his four-year term ends and Democratic President-elect Joe Biden is inaugurated on January 20. (Text: Reuters/ Image: AP)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., and Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., hand pizzas to members of the National Guard gathered at the Capitol Visitor Cente.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
Rep. Vicky Hartzler, R-Mo., and Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., hand pizzas to members of the National Guard gathered at the Capitol Visitor Cente.  (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)
With thousands of rifle-carrying National Guard troops inside and outside the Capitol, an emotional debate unfolded in the same House chamber where lawmakers had ducked under chairs and donned gas masks on January 6 as rioters clashed with police officers outside the doors.(Text: Reuters/ Image: AP)
With thousands of rifle-carrying National Guard troops inside and outside the Capitol, an emotional debate unfolded in the same House chamber where lawmakers had ducked under chairs and donned gas masks on January 6 as rioters clashed with police officers outside the doors.(Text: Reuters/ Image: AP)
Members of the National Guard gather at inside the Capitol Visitor Center. The Senate's Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, rejected Democratic calls for a quick impeachment trial, saying there was no way to conclude it before Trump leaves office. But even if he has left the White House, a Senate conviction of Trump could lead to a vote on banning him from running for office again. (Text: Reuters/ Image: AP)
Members of the National Guard gather at inside the Capitol Visitor Center. The Senate's Republican majority leader, Mitch McConnell, rejected Democratic calls for a quick impeachment trial, saying there was no way to conclude it before Trump leaves office. But even if he has left the White House, a Senate conviction of Trump could lead to a vote on banning him from running for office again. (Text: Reuters/ Image: AP)
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