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The U.S. says national security threatened after documents go missing from Capitol

Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin in Washington, D.C., expressed concern for the country's national security after documents were stolen from the Capitol, Reuters reported Jan. 7.

He said working electronic devices were stolen from senators' offices during the riots.

“Materials were stolen, we need to determine what was done, minimize [the damage], it could be national security documents,” Sherwin said.

He noted that authorities do not know the extent of the damage from this point of view.

On January 6, the U.S. Congress was supposed to approve the results of the presidential election, according to which Democrat Joe Biden was elected as the country's new leader. However, the session was abruptly interrupted because supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol building and rioted.

All congressmen and Vice President Mike Pence were evacuated from the building. Special forces entered the congressional building and all protesters were escorted out.

Later, lawmakers resumed the session and continued to count the electoral votes, eventually confirming the election of Democrat Biden as president of the country.

On January 7, American political scientist Bruce Marks called the storming of the Capitol a problem for U.S. democracy.

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