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Joe Biden has called on Donald Trump to "step up" and end the violent siege in the US Capitol.
The President-Elect called on Trump to give a televised address to his supporters, who are demanding the will of the American people is overturned by storming the building in Washington DC.
In a televised address, Biden said that democracy is ''under an unprecedented assault'' after pro-Trump supporters burst through police lines and entered the Capitol.
A woman is reported to be critically injured having been shot.
A short time after Biden's appeal, the outgoing President did post a video on Twitter, repeating his lies about the US election being rigged.
Trump – who has spent two months undermining democracy and inciting his supporters – told protesters: "You have to go home now. We have to have peace."
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Capitol lockdown: 'QAnon Shaman' poses in triumph after Trump rioters 'attempt coup'
Donald Trump-supporting rioters overwhelm police and storm US Capitol
The violent scenes have been described as "as close to a coup attempt this country has ever seen" and sparked condemnation around the world.
Protesters forced their way inside the Senate chamber, with one getting up on the dais and yelling: "Trump won that election".
An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) has been found on the grounds of the US Capitol, NBC News reported.
Pictures show smoke filling a corridor as police deployed tear gas inside the seat of US political power as demonstrators stormed the building.
The outgoing US President has spent two months fanning the flames before today's violence
Supporters of US President Donald Trump roam under the Capitol Rotunda after invading the building
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Prime Minister Boris Johnson has condemned the "disgraceful scenes", saying: "The United States stands for democracy around the world and it is now vital that there should be a peaceful and orderly transfer of power."
A pipe bomb was earlier found at the Republican National Committee in Washington, just a few blocks away from the US Capitol.
It was safely destroyed by a bomb squad.
At the same time a suspicious package was found at the nearby headquarters of the Democratic National Committee, which was also evacuated.
Police are said to be looking into unconfirmed reports of pipe bombs at multiple locations.
Senators were being evacuated from the building, the meeting place of the United States Congress, after politicians were forced to shelter in their offices with police outside overwhelmed by hundreds of rioters.