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Maryland governor mobilizing guard members for Washington

January 6, 2021 GMT

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland’s governor said Wednesday that he’s mobilizing 500 National Guard members to help authorities restore order in and around the U.S. Capitol after supporters of President Donald Trump breached security and entered Congress as lawmakers were set to certify the presidential election results.

Gov. Larry Hogan said he made the decision after speaking to the Secretary of the Army. Hogan, a Republican, also said he is sending in 200 Maryland State Police troopers.

“All Americans should be outraged by this attack on our nation’s Capitol,” Hogan said in a statement. “This is a heinous and violent assault on the heart of our democracy. I will not stand for this, and neither should any American.”

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Dozens of Trump supporters breached the security perimeter and entered the Capitol as Congress was meeting, with lawmakers expected to vote and affirm Democrat Joe Biden’s presidential win.