National Guard, FBI Deployed to Capitol to Respond to Protesters

Tuesday, 12 Jan, 2021

"We are prepared to provide additional support as necessary and appropriate as requested by local authorities", Miller said in a statement. Roughly 6,200 National Guard troops from D.C. have been mobilized to protect the Capitol from unrest, he said. "We have 1,100 personnel that are convening at the armory as we speak".

A Department of Homeland Security spokesperson told news outlets that officers from the Federal Protective Service and the Secret Service were being deployed to the Capitol, per a request from the U.S. Capitol Police.

The Capitol Police chief did not name the employee, but said they had been placed on administrative leave per department policy while a joint investigation with DC's Metropolitan Police Department is underway.

White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany confirmed the Guard activations, calling for peace in a statement.

"I am making an urgent, urgent immediate request for National Guard assistance", Sund recalled saying.

What began as a rally for supporters near the White House evolved into an invasion of the US Capitol, repudiated worldwide, which sparked a new crisis in the last days of Trump's presidency.

Guard troops are also en route from Virginia, according to Gov. Ralph Northam. Eventually, after D.C. police responded and started to clear the building, the D.C. National Guard was deployed, along with units from Virginia and Maryland, but the delay and confusion have spotlighted the unique - and problematic - legal framework of the D.C. National Guard.

"It's just incredibly sad", a local author who asked not to be named said as he snapped pictures of the black fence that had shuttered the area where he normally enjoys a morning walk.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, member of the House representing NY, pointed to the Pentagon's statement about the deployment, which did not mention Trump but did say they had been in contact with Pence.

The leader of the far-right extremist group Proud Boys was arrested coming into the nation's capital this week on a weapons charge for carrying empty high-capacity magazines emblazoned with his group's logo.

Protesters supporting President Donald Trump breached the Capitol, where lawmakers were meeting to formally count the electors that will make Joe Biden president on january 20. For weeks, President Donald Trump has encouraged his supporters to show up in Washington to protest what he has falsely claimed was a victory for him, not Biden.

Dressed in riot gear and very few face masks, pro-Trump supporters pushed through barriers and law enforcement officers to get into the Capitol building.

Lawmakers were evacuated from both chambers, delaying the vote certification, but they returned around 8 p.m.to complete the process.

"I could never have fathomed a day like yesterday in America but I will not stand for it and neither should any American", said Hogan.

In addition, Trump wasn't involved in the law enforcement decisions.

Josh Burch, a lifelong Washington resident and founder of Neighbors United for DC Statehood, thinks their cause will finally see the light of day in the senate as a result of the Georgia runoffs.

According to numerous American government websites and internationally-acknowledged website, history.com, fire had damaged the US Capitol building in 1814, as the 1812 war was still in progress.