WASHINGTON — As dusk fell Wednesday, U.S. Reps. Jim Himes and Rosa DeLauro huddled in a conference room crowded with lawmakers in the bowels of the U.S. Capitol. They didn’t know whether they were safe from a mob of protesters who had stormed the building, angry that Congress was about to seal the results of the 2020 presidential election.
“Today was a massive security breach,” Himes said in a phone interview from the locked room. “I’ve always assumed there was a button somewhere that they could press and the Capitol would be kind of sealed off. Well I guess that’s not true.”