About 20,000 National Guard Members To Deploy For Inauguration, Officials Say

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Hundreds of National Guard troops hold inside the Capitol Visitor’s Center to reinforce security at the Capitol in Washington on Wednesday. It comes a week after an insurrection at the Capitol and as the House of Representatives is pursuing an article of impeachment against President Trump.

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This comes as the House of Representatives readies for a vote on a historic second impeachment of President Trump. The resolution charges him with «incitement of insurrection.» National Guard troops are patrolling the hallways of Congress, some carrying military-issued rifles.

It was a startling reminder that just a week ago, hundreds of rioters attacked the building, overrunning Capitol Police in an attempt block lawmakers from confirming Biden’s electoral victory.

Moments ago, I spoke with Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy about the military response to the January 6 Capitol attack and ongoing security measures.

Here are the notes from my call: pic.twitter.com/WB155iJoJn

— Rep. Jason Crow (@RepJasonCrow) January 10, 2021

Since the siege, some member of Congress including Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., an Iraq and Afghanistan veteran, have requested that Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy review backgrounds of any National Guard Troops involved in inaugural security.

Crow tweeted over the weekend that he spoke with McCarthy and expressed «concerns about reports that active duty and reserve military members were involved in the insurrection.»

Crow added that McCarthy said he «agreed to take additional measures.»

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