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Governor orders Virginia State Troopers, National Guard to U.S. Capitol

APTOPIX Congress Electoral College
Posted at 3:48 PM, Jan 06, 2021
and last updated 2021-01-06 20:06:59-05

RICHMOND, Va. -- Virginia Governor Ralph Northam said he is sending 200 state troopers and members of the state National Guard to the US Capitol.

The order comes after angry supporters of President Donald Trump stormed the U.S. Capitol in a chaotic protest aimed at thwarting a peaceful transfer of power.

They have forced lawmakers to be rushed from the building and interrupted challenges to Joe Biden’s Electoral College victory.

Trump issued a restrained call for peace but did not call on his supporters to leave.

Earlier, in a huge rally near the White House, the president had egged his supporters on to march to Capitol Hill.