Michigan National Guard redeployed to Washington, DC after terrorist threat warning

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The Michigan National Guard is sending 1,000 troops to Washington, DC to bolster security efforts at the United States Capitol after a terrorist scare warned the January 6 riots could embolden additional threats.

An estimated 7,000 troops and airmen from across the country are deployed to support a “new security mission” in the nation’s capital, according to a press release on Friday. Two days earlier, the Department of Homeland Security published a national terrorism bulletin indicating that anti-government extremists motivated by the inauguration of President Joe Biden and “false narratives” could mobilize to incite violence.

The department expressed concern that domestic extremists could be inspired by the Jan.6 attack on the United States Capitol that briefly delayed certification of the 2020 presidential election. evacuated the building when rioters burst inside, vandalizing offices and clashing with police.

Five people died in the chaos, including a Capitol Hill police officer who was beaten by members of the crowd. Two homemade bombs were also found planted in front of the headquarters of the Republican Party and the Democratic Party.

Federal officials did not arrest the person who placed the explosive devices. A nationwide investigation is slowly leading to the arrest of more than 100 people who broke the law on the day of the riots.

Two Michigan men, Karl Dresch and Michael Foy, face multiple charges of illegal entry and violence on January 6. Foy, a 30-year-old man from Wixom, is accused of beating police officers with a hockey stick and has been described by prosecutors as “among the most violent of all participants” in the attack in Washington, DC

The House impeached former President Donald Trump for inciting insurgency in a bipartisan vote that had the backing of U.S. Representatives Fred Upton, R-St. Joseph and Peter Meijer, R-Grand Rapids. The impeachment article accuses Trump of repeatedly making false statements that the election results were tampered with by widespread fraud and should not be accepted.

The DHS bulletin said “an increased threat environment across the United States” will persist in the weeks following Biden’s inauguration. Members of the Michigan National Guard are expected to stay in Washington, DC until March.

Nearly half of the force left Michigan on Thursday, according to a statement, and the remaining members will join this weekend.

Michigan’s six Republican members of Congress on Thursday sent a letter to House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asking to be briefed on the reasons for the National Guard’s deployment. The letter was also addressed to Parliamentary Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Acting US Capitol Police Chief and US House Sergeant-at-Arms.

“It is essential that sufficient justification remains to return members of the Michigan National Guard to Washington, DC,” the letter said.

Several Republicans who signed the letter challenged the election results in the swing states and echoed unproven allegations of fraud.

In Michigan, two Republican-led legislative committees investigated the allegations and found no evidence that Biden’s victory was illegitimate. Many lawsuits also failed to produce credible evidence that the election was rigged, and Michigan election officials have repeatedly said the process was fair and safe.

Three Michigan Republicans – – US Representatives Jack Bergman, R-Watersmeet; Tim Walberg, R-Tipon; and Lisa McClain, R-Bruce Township – opposed certification of the Arizona and Pennsylvania electoral votes.

Four Michigan Republicans – Bergman, Walberg; and US representatives Bill Huizenga, R-Zeeland; and John Moolenaar, R-Midland – filed a court friend case supporting a lawsuit in Texas to overturn election results in Michigan, Pennsylvania, Georgia and Wisconsin. The Texas lawsuit was dismissed by the Supreme Court.

Members of the Michigan National Guard returned home Jan. 24 after a week of mobilization in support of Biden’s nomination. Members of the National Guard were also deployed to the Lansing State Capitol last week to guard against possible threats.

Michigan Republican members of Congress expressed concern for members of the National Guard who had just returned to their home state.

“Many of the same Michigan National Guard men and women who valiantly protected the Capitol on the inaugural mission will now return to Washington, DC after being able to spend only a short time with loved ones in Michigan,” he said. he added. letter said. “We must also consider the threat to health and undue stress that the current pandemic is causing to our military personnel and their families. “

The Michigan National Guard will test all members for COVID-19 prior to deployment and upon return to their home state.

“It is an honor to be invited to provide this support to our federal partners,” said US Army Maj. Gen. Paul Rogers, adjutant general and director of the Michigan Department of Military and Veterans Affairs. “We have identified the resources needed to meet this demand, and I know our Michigan Guard members have been invited to serve in this capacity because of their excellent reputation for service, professionalism and patriotism.”

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