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House Republicans ask for briefing on threats keeping National Guard in DC

House Republicans ask for briefing on threats keeping National Guard in DC
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House Republicans are asking acting Army Secretary John Whitley for a briefing on threats to the U.S. Capitol that are keeping the National Guard in Washington, D.C., through mid-March.

A coalition of 11 GOP lawmakers led by Rep. Michael WaltzMichael WaltzOvernight Defense: Pentagon chief to press for Manchin's support on Colin Kahl | House Dems seek to limit transfer of military-grade gear to police 140 lawmakers call for Biden administration to take 'comprehensive' approach to Iran Top Republican: 'Outrageous' to extend National Guard deployment at Capitol MORE (R-Fla.) sent a letter on Wednesday to Whitley for information about the “the ongoing threats to the Capitol, justification of the decision for a significant troop presence through mid- March, and plans for troop utilization during the time period.”

The letter comes after Pentagon officials said Monday that about 5,000 National Guardsmen will remain in D.C. through mid-March, when former President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Romney on NRSC awarding Trump: Not 'my preference' McConnell sidesteps Trump calling him 'dumb son of a b----' MORE’s impeachment trial is expected to end.

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Whitley said during a news conference that the Pentagon received four requests for the Guard to remain in D.C. over fears of threats to officials and the city after the Jan. 6 riot at the Capitol that resulted in five deaths.

“The Guard has endured unprecedented stress on the force in the past year given COVID-19, social unrest, natural disasters and ongoing overseas requirements. The National Guard should be used as an option of absolute last resort,” the lawmakers wrote.

“We are seeking clarification and justification on behalf of the National Guard men and women that have kept us safe over the past month and year.”

The letter was also signed by GOP Reps. William TimmonsWilliam Evan TimmonsHouse panel spars over GameStop frenzy, trading apps House Republicans ask for briefing on threats keeping National Guard in DC READ: The Republicans who voted to challenge election results MORE (S.C.), Elise StefanikElise Marie StefanikAmbitious House lawmakers look for promotions Republicans urge Garland to probe COVID-19 deaths in New York group homes Parliamentarian strikes down Pelosi priority in aid package MORE (N.Y.), Chris StewartChris StewartOn management of Utah public lands, Biden should pursue an accountable legislative process Georgia AG rejects prosecutor's request for Rayshard Brooks case to be reassigned House Republicans ask for briefing on threats keeping National Guard in DC MORE (Utah), Anthony GonzalezAnthony GonzalezTrump looms large over GOP donor retreat in Florida Trump faces test of power with early endorsements Boehner throws support behind Republican who backed Trump impeachment MORE (Ohio), Lance GoodenLance GoodenBlackburn introduces bill to require migrant DNA testing at border The Memo: Activists ask what's changed since George Floyd? Only Republican to vote for police reform bill 'accidentally pressed the wrong ... button' MORE (Texas), Chip RoyCharles (Chip) Eugene RoyUS Chamber enters hostile takeover by crony capitalists Exclusive: Biggs offers bill banning federal vaccine passports Both parties look to recruit Asian American candidates as violence against group increases MORE (Texas), Kelly Armstrong (N.D.), Gregory Murphy (N.C.), Dusty Johnson (S.D.) and Russ Fulcher (Idaho).

Roughly 25,000 guardsmen were deployed to D.C. for President BidenJoe BidenTrump: McConnell 'helpless' to stop Biden from packing court Biden, first lady send 'warmest greetings' to Muslims for Ramadan The business case for child care reform MORE’s inauguration due to security concerns after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. The number of guards have since shrunk to 13,000, and the number is expected to reach 7,000 by the end of the week.