Stars and Stripes stripes.com 07 Jan, 2021 00:15 am

More National Guard troops are activated as Trump supporters force their way into US Capitol

More National Guard troops are activated as Trump supporters force their way into US Capitol
National Guard troops were activated Wednesday to help federal law enforcement ward off a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters who stormed the U.S. Capitol, breaking windows and forcing a halt to proceedings to certify the presidential election results.

More National Guard troops are activated as Trump supporters force their way into US Capitol The entire D.National Guard was activated Wednesday to help federal law enforcement ward off a mob of President Donald Trump’s supporters who stormed the U.National Guard troops were quickly mobilized Wednesday afternoon, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said, as Trump backers, who echoed the president’s unsubstantiated claims of mass election fraud, entered the building as both chambers of Congress were voting to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s victory.An undisclosed number of National Guard troops from at least one other state also were headed to Washington, officials said.

National Guard troops had been activated Monday to support crowd and traffic control during the pro-Trump rallies, which officials feared could turn violent.Guard spokeswoman declined to provide details of any new missions being assigned to the city’s National Guard, saying the law enforcement response would be led by the Department of Justice.

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