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Capitol Police Call For Extension Of National Guard Help

Added 03-04-21 08:07:01pm EST - “The Capitol Police is alert for a possible attack from militia members. There are currently 5,200 Guard members in the Capitol following the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol building.” - Npr.org

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Posted By TheNewsCommenter: From Npr.org: “Capitol Police Call For Extension Of National Guard Help”. Below is an excerpt from the article.

National Guard members examine a terrain model of Capitol Hill on Thursday. U.S. Capitol Police requested the guardsmen stay another two months after threats of further violence emerged. Brendan Smialowski/AFP via Getty Images hide caption

National Guard members examine a terrain model of Capitol Hill on Thursday. U.S. Capitol Police requested the guardsmen stay another two months after threats of further violence emerged.

U.S. Capitol Police requested a 60-day extension for a portion of the National Guard troops currently in Washington, D.C., Thursday as the threat of a possible attack from militia groups looms over the city.

Acting Police Chief Yogananda Pittman asked the Department of Defense to continue to provide support in the Capitol, where 5,200 guardsmen are currently deployed. The troops remained in the weeks following the Jan. 6 insurrection attempt at the Capitol building.

They were expected to leave the city March 12, a Capitol Police statement said, but are needed in light of current intelligence. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin and U.S. Army officials would have to approve.

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