Maine National Guard sending troops to Washington

Ruben Fields
January 14, 2021

After the deadly riot on January 6, the D.C. National Guard surrounded the Capitol with rifles and filled the halls as the House convenes for impeachment hearings against President Donald Trump, whom lawmakers have accused of inciting the attack.

National Guard troops deployed on the streets of Washington began carry weapons late Tuesday in a major change of posture ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as U.S. president, according to an AFP photographer.

The decision, authorized by Gov. Janet Mills, is in response to the National Guard Bureau's request for extra help following the breach of the U.S. Capitol by protesters last week and the threat of more demonstrations.

Up to 15,000 Guard troops are expected to be on duty in coming days in Washington as authorities are concerned about threats of violence following the insurrection at the Capitol last week.

"The National Guard has participated in every presidential inauguration in our nation's history", said Maj.

The FBI released a memo saying protests could happen at all 50 state capitols beginning January 16. and running through President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.

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Wednesday's security briefing prep is the same one that troops receive before being deployed for Baghdad or Kabul, a senior defense official who is part of planning the security measures for the event told Fox News.

"The attack on the Capitol was a violent insurrection that resulted in the spilling of American blood", said US Representative Hakeem Jeffries, a Democrat from NY.

"Officers were brutally beaten".

The statement came after some were moved to donate after seeing photos of National Guard members sleeping on the floor of the US Capitol.

The day of chaos likely isn't the end to political violence, as alt-right followers have already pledged organized violence in DC and other states beginning on January 17 and leading through the inauguration on the 20 th.

"Impeaching the president in such a short time frame would be a mistake", said House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, the chamber's top Republican.

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