Northam sending Virginia National Guard to DC in response to Capitol raid

Northam sending Virginia National Guard to DC in response to Capitol raid
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Virginia Gov. Ralph Northam (D) announced Wednesday that he has authorized the Virginia National Guard to respond to the raid on the U.S. Capitol building by Trump supporters.

Northam said he will send members of the National Guard and 200 Virginia State troopers to help quell the unrest at the Capitol, where protesters breached security, prompting Capitol Police to evacuate lawmakers, staff and reporters.

The governor added that he has consulted with Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel BowserMuriel BowserSenate dives into DC statehood debate in second hearing GOP senator on DC statehood: 'No one is compelled to actually' live there The Hill's 12:30 Report - Presented by Facebook - Senate to vote on elections bill MORE (D), Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiPelosi quashes reports on Jan. 6 select committee Overnight Defense: Joint Chiefs warn against sweeping reform to military justice system | Senate panel plans July briefing on war authorization repeal | National Guard may have 'training issues' if not reimbursed On The Money: Powell says pickup in job gains likely this fall | Schumer, Pelosi meeting with White House on infrastructure MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerWhite House draws ire of progressives amid voting rights defeat Murkowski to vote 'no' on voting rights bill Harris to preside over Senate for voting rights debate MORE (N.Y.).


Maryland has also mobilized National Guard troops, and a congressional aide told The Hill that about 1,100 National Guard personnel overall are responding, in coordination with D.C. law enforcement.

“The D.C. Guard has been mobilized to provide support to federal law enforcement in the District," Pentagon spokesman Jonathan Hoffman said in a statement Wednesday, adding that Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller has been in contact with congressional leaders and Army Secretary Ryan McCarthyRyan McCarthyVice News promotes Micheal Learmonth to editor-in-chief Trump appointee endorses Christine Wormuth as Army secretary Overnight Defense: Former Navy secretary reportedly spent .4M on travel | Ex-Pentagon chief Miller to testify on Jan. 6 Capitol attack | Austin to deliver West Point commencement speech MORE is coordinating with D.C. officials.

"The law enforcement response will be led by the Department of Justice,” Hoffman said.

Ellen Mitchell and Rebecca Kheel contributed.