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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 BowserLobbying world Abigail Breslin mourns loss of father from COVID-19 NAACP president accuses Trump of having operated under 'white supremacist doctrine' MORE (D), Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOn The Money: Democrats deals to bolster support for relief bill | Biden tries to keep Democrats together | Retailers fear a return of the mask wars Here's who Biden is now considering for budget chief Biden urges Democrats to advocate for rescue package MORE (D-Calif.) and Senate Democratic Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerSenate panel splits along party lines on Becerra House Democrats' ambitious agenda set to run into Senate blockade A Biden stumble on China? MORE (N.Y.).

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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 McCarthyAlarming threat prompts early exit, underscoring security fears Five takeaways from dramatic Capitol security hearing DC Guard chief agrees 'optics' slowed deployment during Capitol riot 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.