WASHINGTON (WJZ) — Photos show hundreds of National Guard men and women inside the U.S. Capitol ready should protests break out in Washington, D.C. after President Donald Trump was impeached for a second time.
Overnight, guardsmen were seen sleeping on the floor of the Capitol with their guns.READ MORE: Spurs Defeat Wizards, 116-99, For Season's First Win Streak
On Wednesday afternoon, some are resting or remain inside while others are stationed around the building. Maryland Gov. Larry Hogan sent 500 National Guardsmen to DC and wants to send 500 more. A total of 20,000 National Guardsmen are in DC should protests break out if Trump is impeached.
This comes a week after a mob of pro-Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Five people died, including a Capitol Police officer, during the riot.READ MORE: Hogan: Concern But No Need For Lockdowns In Maryland Over Dangerous Omicron Covid Variant
Here are some of the photos (swipe to take a look):
Tensions remain high and law enforcement agencies across the country are on high alert. More police are at some airports, including those in the D.C. area
In Annapolis, Anne Arundel County Executive Steuart Pittman and Police Chief Amal Awad issued a joint statement urging people who see any suspicious activity to call police.MORE NEWS: Maryland Weather: Winds Contribute To Chilly Weather, Plus A Chance For Flurries
The duo said there are no specific threats against the county, but state capitals nationwide are on high alert.