National Guard to remain in Washington, D.C., until at least end of March

by Jordyn Pair · Jan 27th, 2021 10:35 am
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Last Updated Jan 28th, 2021 at 3:07 pm

Between 5,000 and 7,000 National Guard troops will remain in Washington, D.C., until at least March 31, the National Guard Bureau announced on Monday.

The troops have been in the capitol since earlier this month as part of heightened security for the inauguration of President Biden after a riot on January 6 saw the Capitol building breached.

A memo obtained by Politico ordered troops to remain in the capital "in continued support of District and Federal civil authorities during anticipated First Amendment demonstrations and Civil Disturbance in the District of Columbia." The memo, signed by D.C. National Guard chief Maj. Gen. William Walker, suggests that the troops are there to mitigate potential unrest caused by the impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump.

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