- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2021

The D.C. National Guard has been mobilized to provide support to federal law enforcement following the election protests that have resulted in rioters forcing their way into the U.S. Capitol Building, Pentagon officials have confirmed.

“Acting Secretary [of Defense] Miller has been in contact with congressional leadership and Secretary [of the Army Ryan] McCarthy has been working with the D.C. government,” said Jonathan Hoffman, chief Pentagon spokesman.

The federal law enforcement response to the violent demonstrations in the District will be led by the Department of Justice, Mr. Hoffman said.

Both Mr. Miller and Joint Chiefs of Staff Chairman Gen. Mark Milley spoke with Vice President Mike Pence, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and other congressional leaders Wednesday. They offered additional military support, if necessary.

“We have fully activated the D.C. National Guard to assist federal and local law enforcement as they work to peacefully address the situation,” Mr. Miller said in a statement. “We are prepared to provide additional support as necessary and appropriate as requested by local authorities. Our people are sworn to defend the constitution and our democratic form of government and they will act accordingly.”

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