VIOLENT US Capitol rioters have been spotted clutching ZIP TIES in shock pics – suggesting they planned to take hostages, says a report.
A masked man wearing a military-style vest clambered over the Senate Chamber moments after terrified members of Congress were forced to flee for their lives.
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After lawmakers from the Senate and the House of Representatives wereevacuated during Wednesday's frightening rampage, photos were taken of protesters carrying the ties.
TMZwrites that at least two different men were seen carrying the zip ties "commonly used as disposable handcuffs" and by hostage-takers.
Many of the thugs who invaded the Capitol were also armed, says TMZ.
The terrifying zip tie pics were published as other chilling images were released showing a man the FBI is seeking in connection to the planting of pipe bombs in Washington D.C ahead of the riots.
Cops say the devices found outside the offices of the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee could have caused “great harm”.
Law enforcement agencies received reports of two suspected pipe bombs with wires outside the buildings around 1 p.m. on Wednesday – as MAGA supporters were storming the Capitol.
Bomb technicians used water cannons to blast the devices and break them apart to render them harmless, ABC news reports.
A photo of the device found adjacent to the Republican National Committee headquarters on First Street, S.E shows it appears to be wired to a timer.
After the first bomb was found, cops searched the nearby Democratic National Committee headquarters building and found a second device under a bush.
TMZ suggests the combination of bombs being planted, rioters arriving armed, and carrying zip ties could be seen as "potentially crucial evidence".
The website claims the rioters' actions "could show Trump wasn't spontaneously urging his amped-up followers to 'show strength' and simply march to the Capitol – it could show the attack was all a premeditated plan".
It could also "mean more serious charges for all the rioters, and possibly, for Trump once he's out of office," TMZ added.
The rampage began shortly after Trump repeated his unfounded claims of election fraud to thousands of rallying demonstrators he’d invited to Washington.
Many then surged to the Capitol on Wednesday after he incited them to go there as lawmakers debated the electoral votes.
Trump supporters scaled the walls of the Capitol Building, breached barricades and advanced into the halls of the iconic building, smashing windows and brawling with cops.
The Capitol in Washington DC was placed under lockdown as a result, as rioters entered the second-floor lobby of the building right outside the Senate chamber.
With drawn guns and teargas, police sought to clear the Capitol building of hundreds of protesters who stormed the building and sought to force Congress to undo Trump’s election loss as lawmakers convened to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.
Security officers in dark suits drew their pistols and trained them on the shouting mob trying to smash their way through the door of the normally sedate House of Representatives chamber.
It later transpired that Trump fans also disgustingly smeared their own poo in the building, sources said.
Republican Rep. Mike Gallagher said he was sheltering in place in his office at the Capitol after Trump protesters swarmed it.
US Senator Jeff Merkley said that pro-Trump demonstrators who invaded the Capitol building also ransacked his office and stole a laptop.
Five people have so far died as a result of the violence, while others remain in a critical condition in hospital.
A US Capitol cop who was hit in the head with a fire extinguisher during clashes in DC may have been killed by a "chemical agent", say new reports.
Officer Brian D. Sicknick – today hailed a hero by his family – was fatally hurt in a clash with MAGA rioters on Wednesday and returned to his division office where he later collapsed.
Police confirmed the identities of the other people who died as Ashli Babbitt, 35, of Maryland, Benjamin Phillips 50, of Schuylkill Pennsylvania, Kevin Greeson, 55, of Alabama, and Rosanne Boylan, 34, of Georgia.
Babbitt died after she was shot, while the others died of medical emergencies, police said.
Trump has now, for the first time, acknowledged his defeat in the November 3 election and announced there would be an “orderly transition” on January 20.
However, he tweeted today that he wouldn't attend the ceremonial hand-over to Joe Biden.
"To all of those who have asked, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th," he confirmed.
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