Indiana Guard Troops Going To DC To Aid Biden Security

Elias Hubbard
January 14, 2021

41 Action News also reached to the Kansas National Guard, which said it would not be deploying troops to D.C.

One week after deadly unrest at the heart of the USA government, photographs are going viral of National Guard troops keeping watch over the Capitol.

Gov. Eric Holcomb said he had authorized 625 Guard soldiers going to Washington from Saturday until two days after Biden's January 20 inauguration. The National Guard is watching the building at all hours after authorities were caught flat-footed by a rally-turned-riot last week.

Cooper, a Democrat, is sending 200 guardsmen to the nation's capital to assist local and civil authorities before and during President-elect Joe Biden's January 20 inauguration. He said the guard will be deployed "to protect and defend democracy". "And that's why extraordinary security measures have been taken".

The FBI, still hunting those responsible for last week's violence, has issued warnings of possible armed protests and further unrest across the country in the coming days.

One of the officials said the troops would not be the first line of defense and would be supporting law enforcement agencies, but given the threat around the Capitol, troops needed to be equipped with their weapons for self defense.

"The Army is committed to working closely with the F.B.I.as they identify people who participated in the violent attack on the Capitol to determine if the individuals have any connection to the Army", the statement said while adding that any type of activity that "involves violence, civil disobedience, or a breach of peace", may be punishable under the Uniform Code of Military Justice or under state and federal law. "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.

With just one week left ahead of the inauguration, many Republicans have questioned whether Congress is moving too fast on impeachment. "The president bears responsibility for Wednesday's attack on Congress by mob rioters". "That doesn't mean the president is free from fault".

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