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D.C. police request National Guard stay in the Capitol for another two months

The Pentagon and defense officials are reviewing the request.

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National Guard troops at the U.S. Capitol Building. Jan 12, 2021.
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Updated: March 4, 2021 - 12:22pm

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The U.S. Capitol Police on Thursday requested a 60-day extension for the National Guard to stay at the U.S. Capitol complex.

Defense officials say the new proposal is being reviewed by the Pentagon, according to the Associated Press, which first reported the story.

The House on Wednesday night ended its official business in the Capitol complex, amid concerns about another siege Thursday on the Capitol building, based on unconfirmed threats by Q Anon about former President Trump retaking office on March 4.

Capitol Police Chief Yoganda Pittman told lawmakers Wednesday that the police will ensure that a riot like the one on Jan. 6 will not happen again. 

There are now as many as 5,000 National Guard members stationed in the Capitol, and officials say razor-wire fences will stay up around the Capitol complex for several more months.

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