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Arkansas governor: Intelligence on state capitol protests 'not to the level that I'm bringing out the National Guard'

Arkansas governor: Intelligence on state capitol protests 'not to the level that I'm bringing out the National Guard'

Arkansas Gov. Asa HutchinsonAsa HutchinsonTrump to attend private RNC donor retreat The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by The AIDS Institute - Tanden's odds plummet to lead OMB Former Trump officials eye bids for political office MORE (R) said his office is monitoring the potential for violence at planned protests at the state capitol but has not yet felt the need to deploy the National Guard.

“You want to be overprepared versus underprepared because you never want to see a repeat of what we saw on January 6 in our nation’s capital,” Hutchinson said on “Fox News Sunday,” adding that “it’s not to the level that I’m bringing out the National Guard."

"We’re using civilian law enforcement, we’ll have response teams there, we’ll have beefed-up presence at the capitol for Tuesday,” he said.

“We don’t have any specific intelligence that there’s going to be violence associated with those rallies but we want to be extra cautious,” he added. “Every state has to look at their own intelligence matrix and make those kind of judgments.”

Host Chris WallaceChristopher (Chris) WallaceWarner: White House should 'keep open additional sanctions' against Saudi crown prince Rick Scott acknowledges Biden 'absolutely' won fair election Bill Gates: Goal of eliminating emissions by 2030 'completely unrealistic' MORE noted that one of the most notorious images of the Jan. 6 riots at the U.S. Capitol, depicting a man with his feet up on Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiRepublican Ohio Senate candidate calls on GOP rep to resign over impeachment vote Clinton, Pelosi holding online Women's Day fundraiser with Chrissy Teigen, Amanda Gorman What good are the intelligence committees? MORE’s (D-Calif.) desk, depicts an Arkansan, Richard Barnett, and that another Arkansan has been arrested for allegedly beating a police officer with a flagpole.

“Is there an element in your state that you believe poses a threat to our government?” Wallace asked.

Hutchinson, a former U.S. Attorney, replied that he thinks that "there is a historic threat from militia groups” as well as neo-Nazi and white supremacist organizations … That’s been diminished but I’d say most states have elements of that threat, it exists in Arkansas as well.”

Wallace went on to ask Hutchinson if he believed President TrumpDonald TrumpProsecutors focus Trump Organization probe on company's financial officer: report WHO official says it's 'premature' to think pandemic will be over by end of year Romney released from hospital after fall over the weekend MORE bears responsibility for inciting the rioting at the U.S. Capitol. Trump spoke to his supporters before they stormed the Capitol, and the House last week impeached Trump over his role in the siege, making him the only president to be impeached twice.

“He asked all the people to come to Washington for the rally and then he used very aggressive language in the rally itself and he misled people as to what happened during the election, that it was stolen and that our checks and balances are not working,” Hutchinson replied.

Trump’s challenge to the results of the election “was wrong and did not serve our nation well and it was demonstrated on January 6,” he added.