Violent supporters of Donald Trump have stormed the US congress in Washington D.C as lawmakers met to confirm President-elect Joe Biden's poll win.

Iran PressAmerica: Donald Trump supporters in protest of the US presidential election swarmed the building as Congress members were escorted out by police.

A joint session of Congress had been counting and confirming electoral college votes but has been suspended and forced into recess.

More than a thousand National Guard troops have been deployed to disperse rioting Trump supporters who have stormed the US Capitol building.

The protests, encouraged by Donald Trump, turned violent on Wednesday - with police forced to lock down the building to protest politicians after supporters broke in.

There are reports of guns drawn in the building and at least one person shot.

One woman has been shot and is in critical condition according to reports from US broadcaster CNN.

There has been an armed confrontation at the doors of the House of Representatives. Tear gas has also been used.

Members of Congress have been told to evacuate the building or remain where they are. One congresswoman tweeted that she was staying in her office. 219

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