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Pelosi demands Trump clarify deployment of unidentified law enforcement in DC

Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiGOP operative installed as NSA top lawyer placed on administrative leave: reports Budowsky: Democracy won, Trump lost, President Biden inaugurated Biden taps career civil servants to acting posts at State, USAID, UN MORE (D-Calif.) on Thursday demanded that President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE provide a list of the agencies involved in deploying law enforcement officers around Washington, D.C., in response to the crowds of demonstrators protesting police brutality.

Some officers policing protests in the city in recent days have been seen without any identifying labels on their uniforms, raising questions about which law enforcement agencies they represent.

In a letter to Trump, Pelosi wrote that "we are concerned about the increased militarization and lack of clarity that may increase chaos."

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"I am writing to request a full list of the agencies involved and clarifications of the roles and responsibilities of the troops and federal law enforcement resources operating in the city. Congress and the American people need to know who is in charge, what is the chain of command, what is the mission, and by what authority is the National Guard from other states operating in the capital," Pelosi wrote.

At least two Democratic lawmakers, Rep. Don Beyer (D-Va.) and Sen. Chris MurphyChristopher (Chris) Scott MurphySenate confirms Biden's intel chief, giving him first Cabinet official Democrats torn on impeachment trial timing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act MORE (D-Conn.), have called for legislation that would require federal law enforcement officers in uniform to clearly identify their affiliation.

Protests have erupted across the nation over the death of George Floyd, an unarmed African American man who died during a Minneapolis police arrest last week.

Law enforcement personnel near the White House on Wednesday did not wear any identifiers while dressed in mixed riot gear, shields and weapons.

"The practice of officers operating with full anonymity undermines accountability, ignites government distrust and suspicion, and is counter to the principle of procedural justice and legitimacy during this precarious moment in our nation’s history," Pelosi wrote. "As peaceful people all over the country turn out to honor the memory of George Floyd and protest for change, we must ensure that their safety and their constitutional rights are being respected."

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House Democrats are preparing legislation to be considered in the coming weeks to make police reforms in response to the protests. Pelosi joined a crowd of demonstrators outside the Capitol on Wednesday.

Congressional Progressive Caucus (CPC) leaders announced Thursday that they would be introducing legislation to amend the Insurrection Act, which allows the president to deploy the National Guard or the military in certain circumstances like containing riots, including without a state's permission. The CPC leaders said that their legislation would require congressional approval before troops could be deployed under the law.

"Deploying the military in an attempt to quash these protests would be an attack on our constitution, our democracy, and our people. Congress must send an unequivocal message that this grotesque abuse of power will be stopped," Reps. Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalThe Hill's Morning Report - Biden asks Congress to expand largest relief response in U.S. history Rep. Adriano Espaillat tests positive for COVID-19 Overnight Health Care: Trump admin makes changes to speed vaccinations | CDC to order negative tests for international travelers | More lawmakers test positive after Capitol siege MORE (D-Wash.), Mark PocanMark William PocanWatch Out: Progressives are eyeing the last slice of the budget Former Progressive Caucus co-chair won't challenge Johnson in 2022 Congressional Progressive Caucus announces new leadership team MORE (D-Wis.) and Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarDemocrats poised to impeach Trump again Pence opposes removing Trump under 25th Amendment: reports Pelosi vows to impeach Trump again — if Pence doesn't remove him first MORE (D-Minn.) said in a joint statement.