GOP lawmakers request briefing on continued National Guard presence at Capitol

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EXCLUSIVE: A group of House Republicans are asking the Defense Department to brief them on why it is necessary for the National Guard to remain on Capitol Hill, amid plans to keep them there into March.

The 12 lawmakers -- including Reps. Michael Waltz, R-Fla.; William Timmons, R-S. C.; Elise Stefanik, R-N.Y.; Chris Stewart, R-Utah, and Lance Gooden, R-Texas -- wrote to acting Army Secretary John Whitley for a briefing on reports that the National Guard will keep a presence of at least 5,000 troops into March.

"Our intention is for the briefing to cover ongoing threats to the Capitol, justification of the decision for a significant troop presence through mid-March, and plans for troop utilization during the time period," the letter, obtained by Fox News, says.

A National Guard spokesman confirmed to Fox News on Tuesday that there were plans to keep National Guard members in the Capitol through mid-March.

"As we continue to work to meet the final post-inauguration requirements, the National Guard has been requested to continue supporting federal law enforcement agencies with 7,000 members and will draw down to 5,000 through mid-March," National Guard Bureau spokesman Wayne Hall told Fox News.

"We are providing assistance such as security, communications, medical evacuation, logistics, and safety support to state, district and federal agencies."

Roughly 13,000 guardsmen still remain in D. C. supporting federal agencies with security efforts. The D.C. National Guard will remain on ord... (Read more)