20,000 guardsmen to deploy for Biden inauguration

By Lisa Lambert and Makini Brice

While Congress acted to impeach him, President Donald Trump on Wednesday urged his supporters to shun violence as the National Guard prepared to deploy at least 20,000 troops in Washington for the Jan. 20 swearing-in of his successor Joe Biden.

The city's acting police chief Robert Contee announced the figure a week after thousands of supporters of the Republican Trump stormed Congress in a failed bid to stop the final certification of the Democrat Biden's election victory. One police officer and four protesters died in the siege.

About 8,000 National Guard troops were on hand for Trump's 2016 inauguration, Reuters reported at the time.

While the House of Representatives debated a formal charge of "incitement of insurrection," Trump and the Republican National Committee called for an end to violence ahead of the Inauguration.

In a White House statement, Trump said: "In light of reports of more demonstrations, I urge that there must be NO violence, NO lawbreaking and NO vandalism of any kind. That is not what I stand for, and it is not what America stands for. I call on ALL Americans to help ease tensions and calm tempers."

Home-sharing giant Airbnb and subsidiary HotelTonight were cancelling all reservations in Greater Washington during the inauguration week.

Roads near the Capitol, which were overrun with violent protesters on Jan. 6, have been closed. The National Park Service has closed the Washington Monument to tours and Mayor Muriel Bowser has asked visitors to stay away.

Incoming troops will be responsible for securing the city before Biden's inauguration, with new fencing engulfing the Capitol area. Two officials said some National Guard troops were deputized as Capitol Police officers to carry out law enforcement functions if needed.

Acting U.S. Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen warned against further attacks in a video released overnight and urged the public to come forward with tips about potential attacks and threats before the inauguration, including "attempts to forcefully occupy government buildings," he said.

Former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe said it was unclear why Rosen and other top U.S. officials had taken so long to speak publicly, or why Rosen's video was posted overnight, raising further questions about how federal law enforcement responded to the mostly white mob's attack last week compared with the more diverse Black Lives Matters protests last summer.

"It's inexplicable," McCabe told CNN on Wednesday.

Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a target of conservative media, told of fearing for her life in an Instagram Live video on Tuesday.

"I did not know if I was going to make it to the end of that day alive," she said without providing details, citing security concerns.

© Thomson Reuters 2021.

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It's illegal and unconstitutional for US troops to be deployed as armed law enforcement on US soil against US citizens.

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Apparently Ivanka wants to attend the inauguration, to trump’s fury!!!

Question is will she get invited???

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The Russian embassy has been actively involved in supporting the bigots who attacked the Capitol. They should close the embassy and ask everyone to leave DC for at least one month.

That’s the only way to secure the inauguration.

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Burning BushToday  07:53 am JST

It's illegal and unconstitutional for US troops to be deployed as armed law enforcement on US soil against US citizens.

Nope. National Guard are regularly deployed to confront rioting. Look how many times your boy Trump deployed them this year. Were all these all "illegal"?

It is only "illegal" to deply regular Army within te US. And even that has historical exceptions.

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20,000 armed soldiers. . . I hope it’s enough but it might not be.

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illegal? Trump, previous presidents and state governors have all used the National Guard, even against the BLM protests.

Sad that the country has reached a point what the inauguration of a new president needs the protection of 20,000 armed guards. Large area of Washington closed to traffic.

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Burning Bush

It's illegal and unconstitutional for US troops to be deployed as armed law enforcement on US soil against US citizens.

Don't remember you posting the same comment last year for the protests.

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Imagine al queida learning there will be 20000 troops, govt officials, president elect, ponsy party donars in 3qkm. I would keep this secret.

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