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    Thousands of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol building on 6 January as Congress was certifying President-elect Joe Biden’s victory. Five people died during the mayhem, with the POTUS increasingly blamed for ‘inciting’ his followers to initiate violence.

    A Reuters' photographer covering the mayhem that engulfed the US Capitol on 6 January claims he heard the protesters that breached the building mention ‘hanging’ Vice President Mike Pence from a tree as a 'traitor'.

    Jim Bourg, a Reuters News Pictures Editor in DC, had tweeted to reveal he had heard several rioters at the Capitol mention they "hoped to find Vice President Mike Pence and execute him by hanging him from a Capitol Hill tree as a traitor".

    Pictures posted from the scene of the violence show a noose dangling from a wooden frame on the West Front of the Capitol, where Mike Pence was presiding over a joint session of Congress that convened to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win.

    ​Pence and his family could reportedly hear the ‘insurrectors’ shouting 'where's Mike Pence' as the stormed their way into the building, a source close to the vice president was cited as saying by CNN.

    The vice president had been joined by his wife Karen Pence, daughter Charlotte and brother, Rep. Greg Pence, R-Indiana, for the ceremonial certification of the Electoral College vote tally.

    ​After the mob had forced its way into the building, Pence and other lawmakers had to be evacuated.

    Footage posted online shows the rioters entering the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, breaking down a sign above her door, and sitting in the chair on the Congress floor where Mike Pence had sat moments before.

    It is unclear what the people referred to by the photographer intended to do if they had found the lawmakers.

    Trump Slams Pence's ‘Lack of Courage’

    On the eve of the chaos that engulfed the Capitol on Wednesday, Vice President Mike Pence was accused by Donald Trump of lacking “courage” for his refusal to intervene to prevent Congress from certifying the results for the presidential election that the president had repeatedly claimed was ‘rigged’ against him.

    “Mike Pence didn’t have the courage to do what should have been done to protect our Country and our Constitution, giving States a chance to certify a corrected set of facts, not the fraudulent or inaccurate ones which they were asked to previously certify. USA demands the truth!” tweeted the president, in a post that has since been removed.

    Calls to Oust Trump

    In the wake of the latest events, a growing cohort of legislators, including at least one Republican, have expressed support for stripping Trump of his powers under the 25th Amendment or impeaching him.

    ​Donald Trump has been under fire from a rising chorus of critics, led by House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, decrying his perceived role in ostensibly ‘inciting’ the Capitol violence.

    Pro-Trump protesters clash with police at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results by the US Congress, at the US Capitol Building in Washington, US, January 6, 2021
    Pro-Trump protesters clash with police at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 US presidential election results by the US Congress, at the US Capitol Building in Washington, US, January 6, 2021

    On 7 January, Vice President Mike Pence was urged by Democrats to invoke the 25th Amendment, which would oust Trump from office before the inauguration of Joe Biden on 20 January.

    However, Pence reportedly said he won't support the call.


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