The Pentagon says about 1,100 DC National Guard members are being mobilized to help support law enforcement as violent supporters of President Donald Trump breached the US Capitol.
Pentagon spokesperson Jonathan Hoffman says that defense leaders have been in contact with the city and congressional leadership.
A defense official says all 1,100 of the DC Guard are being activated and sent to the city’s armory. The Guard forces will be used at checkpoints and for other similar duties and can also help in the enforcement of the 6 p.m. curfew being implemented tonight in the city.
The officials say the DC request for the National Guard wasn’t rejected earlier in the day. Instead, according to officials, the Guard members have a very specific mission that does not include putting military in a law enforcement role at the Capitol. As a result, the Guard must be used to backfill law enforcement outside the Capitol complex, freeing up more law enforcement to respond to the Capitol.
Hoffman says the law enforcement response to the violence will be led by the Justice Department.