Washington riots in pictures: The wreckage left behind

In the three days since hundreds of supporters of Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol, five people have died, dozens have been criminally charged in connection with the riot, and there are plans to introduce an article of impeachment against the US President.

While the chaos has stopped, those in Washington DC are now faced with the aftermath of the violence and are confronting the clean-up of a tumultuous few days. Many are pointing the finger at the outgoing President - who last year refused to commit to a peaceful transfer - for stoking the violence.

Here are some incredible images showing the destruction the rioters left in their wake.

A member of the Architect of the Capitol inspects a damaged entrance of the US Capitol.
A member of the Architect of the Capitol inspects a damaged entrance of the US Capitol. Photo credit: Getty Images
The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers dusts the security console at the entrance to the western promenade of the US Capitol building.
The remnants of pepper spray, tear gas, and fire extinguishers dusts the security console at the entrance to the western promenade of the US Capitol building. Photo credit: Getty Images
Yfrain Figueroa, left, and Raymond Andrew, both of whom work for Architect of the Capitol, clean up damage done to the US Capitol.
Yfrain Figueroa, left, and Raymond Andrew, both of whom work for Architect of the Capitol, clean up damage done to the US Capitol. Photo credit: Getty Images
A 'Make America Great Again' campaign cap sits in the debris left behind at the West Terrace entrance checkpoint of the US Capitol.
A 'Make America Great Again' campaign cap sits in the debris left behind at the West Terrace entrance checkpoint of the US Capitol. Photo credit: Reuters
A broken window is seen during a joint session of Congress after they reconvened to certify the Electoral College votes of the 2020 presidential election.
A broken window is seen during a joint session of Congress after they reconvened to certify the Electoral College votes of the 2020 presidential election. Photo credit: Reuters
Damage inside the US Capitol left by pro-Trump protesters.
Damage inside the US Capitol left by pro-Trump protesters. Photo credit: Getty Images
A damaged window near the House Chamber on Capitol Hill a day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the US Capitol building.
A damaged window near the House Chamber on Capitol Hill a day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the US Capitol building. Photo credit: Getty Images
A worker cleans a statue of former President Ronald Reagan inside the Rotunda of the US Capitol.
A worker cleans a statue of former President Ronald Reagan inside the Rotunda of the US Capitol. Photo credit: Reuters
Broken furniture on Capitol Hill a day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the US Capitol building.
Broken furniture on Capitol Hill a day after a pro-Trump mob broke into the US Capitol building. Photo credit: Getty Images
A cleaning crew vacuums the floor of a hallway at the US Capitol.
A cleaning crew vacuums the floor of a hallway at the US Capitol. Photo credit: Getty Images
The bust of US President Zachary Taylor is covered with plastic after blood was smeared on it when a pro-Trump mob broke into the Capitol building.
The bust of US President Zachary Taylor is covered with plastic after blood was smeared on it when a pro-Trump mob broke into the Capitol building. Photo credit: Getty Images
Debris is seen through a smashed glass door to the US Capitol.
Debris is seen through a smashed glass door to the US Capitol. Photo credit: Reuters
Capitol workers remove damaged furniture on the first floor of the Senate side of the US Capitol.
Capitol workers remove damaged furniture on the first floor of the Senate side of the US Capitol. Photo credit: Getty Images
The East Front of the US Capitol is seen through a shattered door leading to the centre steps in Washington.
The East Front of the US Capitol is seen through a shattered door leading to the centre steps in Washington. Photo credit: Getty Images