Updates on South Dakota Congressional delegation as protestors enter U.S. Capitol

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SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (KELO) — As supporters of President Donald Trump made their way into the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday following protests, members of Congress and their staffs were asked to get to safe locations and remain quiet.

KELOLAND News has reached out to the delegation from South Dakota. Rep. Dusty Johnson’s staff members say they are safe.

The communications director for Johnson tweeted a short message as the protestors got inside the building.

A Senior Advisor for Senator John Thune tells KELOLAND’s Dan Santella in a text message about the senator: “He is safe.”

The communications director for Senator Mike Rounds says, “He, along with the other senators, have been moved to a secure location.” 

As the delegation took cover in D.C., their local offices also stepped up security.

Two police officers were stationed outside of Sioux Falls office. He’s one of the top ranking Republicans in the Senate.

Across town, Senator Rounds’ office was locked.

Wednesday afternoon, Johnson sent an audio statement to KELOLAND News.

“I’m safe but it has been hard to see the U.S. Capitol overrun by people who crave violence. The Capitol police are doing everything they can but they are overrun. This is just a terrible situation,” Johnson said.

“Too many people have been sowing the seeds of anger and division, and this is what we get because of that,” Johnson continued.

“This is the tragic harvest, and it needs to stop,” Johnson concluded.

Hear his full statement in the attached video.

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