Pentagon authorizes arming of National Guard members supporting Capitol security

Minnesota National Guard troops heading to D.C. for inauguration

After the riot at the U.S. Capitol, the head of the National Guard said at least 15,000 troops would be in D.C.by Saturday.

National Guard presence at the Capitol has been amped up ahead of the Inauguration as law enforcement braces for a continuation of pro-Trump extremism.

About 600 Indiana National Guard soldiers are being sent to Washington, D.C., to help with security for next week's inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Members of the National Guard arrive on Capitol Hill during the Impeachment debate and vote in Washington on January 13, 2021.

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.

The House of Representatives was meeting to consider impeaching President Donald Trump for his role in the January 6 assault on American democracy, when his supporters stormed the building in a deadly rampage.

"The men and women of the Oklahoma National Guard who will be supporting the inauguration are the same Guardsmen who have been there time and time again for Oklahoma communities".

State officials said Wednesday they were also monitoring possible armed protests but didn't yet have any threats of violence at IN locations.

Authorities are concerned about threats of violence at the Capitol and elsewhere. "The forefathers of today's National Guard were present for the inauguration of George Washington, and we have been part of every inauguration since", said Gen. Daniel Hokanson, Chief of the National Guard Bureau. "The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters".

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