Congress desperately needs the National Guard — but the Trump administration is standing in the way: reports

Congress desperately needs the National Guard — but the Trump administration is standing in the way: reports
AFGE members and AFGE National President Cox join Speaker Pelosi and Senator Schumer at the Capitol to discuss the partial government shutdown and impact on federal workers. AFGE

Multiple journalists reported Wednesday that as the U.S. Capitol was stormed by supporters of the president who shut down the counting of the Electoral College votes, the Department of Defense was standing in the way of officials' calls to bring in the National Guard.

Aaron Davis of the Washington Post was first to break the news:

Garrett Haake of NBC News quickly shared a similar report, adding that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi joined the calls for the National Guard:

CNN offered a similar report:

And Fox News' Bret Baier reported that the Defense Department was still analyzing its options, but it did "not want the images of uniformed troops on the Capitol."

The events showed the extreme danger of a president still in power inciting violence against the institutions set up to pick the next president. Without removing him, he may be necessary to approve the use of Defense Department resources against his own supporters.

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