200 Illinois National Guard head to Washington D.C. for Inauguration support

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CHICAGO – Some 200 members of the Illinois National Guard have begun arriving in Washington DC to support the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden this Wednesday.

Additional members of the Guard are expected to be deployed to the Capitol before the Inauguration Wednesday. The 200 Illinois Guard members are part of a group of an estimated 20,000 National Guardsmen from across the United States touching down in D.C. to aid as security for the Inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Later this week, additional members are expected to depart from the 183rd Wing in Springfield. Concerns about the possibilities for violent protests have been at the center of activities. Precautionary measures such as closing the National Mall and cutting off access with multiple levels of barricades.

Trump became the only President in the history of the U.S. impeached twice Wednesday in a bipartisan supported effort to remove the Commander in Chief, charging him with ‘Incitement of Insurrection.’ 

Five people died one week ago from the domestic terrorism attack on the U.S. Capitol, an effort incited by supporters of Donald Trump to overturn election results. Trump addressed the crowd before the attack, using the word ‘fight’ in a speech 20 times, before adding instructions to supporters, including ‘walk down to the Capitol’ and ‘you will never take back our country with weakness.’

The deployment comes following an FBI warning about possible armed protests in the Capitol. An internal FBI memo released earlier this week warned of protests in every state across the Nation..  

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