Capitol Police requests extended National Guard presence on the Hill

Source: Politico | March 4, 2021 | Andrew Desiderio, Lara Seligman and Kyle Cheney

More than 5,200 Guard members are currently deployed to Washington in the wake of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot.

The Capitol Police has asked the National Guard to extend its deployment to the Capitol beyond next week amid mounting concerns over domestic extremists seeking to target Congress, according to two sources familiar with the matter.

A congressional official familiar with the Capitol Police’s request described the timetable for the troop presence as “indefinite,” with no specific end date. More than 5,200 Guard members, drawn from multiple states, are currently deployed to Washington, D.C., in the wake of the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol.

The Pentagon is considering the request and has not made any final decision, a defense official said.

“There has been no decision on any extension requests,” said National Guard spokesperson Darla Torres.

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