Stunning photos: National Guard fills US Capitol amid Trump impeachment

Remigio Civitarese
Gennaio 14, 2021

Five people - four who attended the march and one Capitol Police Officer - have died.

Riot shields and gas masks are piled in the hallways.

U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert, who owns a gun-themed restaurant in Rifle, Colorado, caused a minor incident Tuesday night as she objected to the magnetometer and reportedly refused to turn over her bag; members of Congress are allowed to carry guns elsewhere in the Capitol complex, but not on the House and Senate floors.

Thousands of National Guard members are now in Washington, DC, to prevent a repeat of the January 6 insurrection and any outbreaks of violence during President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration.

"The National Guard has a long and proud history of inauguration support".

National Guard involvement in presidential inaugurations goes back to 1789, when members of local militias, the pre-cursors to the modern National Guard, accompanied the U.S. Army and Revolutionary War veterans in escorting George Washington to New York City - the seat of government for his inauguration ceremony.

The National Guard has planned to have up to 15,000 National Guard troops to meet current and future requests for the inauguration, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Monday. "And that's why extraordinary security measures have been taken".

National Guard troops have been frequently used by states in helping law enforcement forces quell protests over the past year. It was another sign of the threat law enforcement officials say they've tracking related to next week's inauguration and handover of power to President-elect Joseph R. Biden.

On Wednesday, Mr Trump urged his supporters to shun violence. "I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers". The National Park Service has closed the Washington Monument to tours and Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked visitors to stay away.

"There will be no excuse for violence, vandalism or any other form of lawlessness", Rosen said in a video.

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