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Sen. Tom Cotton: National Guard Should Be Removed From Washington

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Sen. Tom Cotton: National Guard Should Be Removed From Washington

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Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) said National Guard members should be removed from Washington as thousands remain deployed near the Capitol as officials cited threats of potential violence. “Despite cold weather and uncomfortable conditions, these soldiers did their duty, in the finest traditions of the Guard. Their presence, coupled with tough federal charges against the Capitol rioters, deterred any further violence; the presidential inauguration occurred without incident,” Cotton wrote Wednesday for Fox news. “With the inauguration complete and threats receding, now it’s time, yes, to send home the troops.” Officials on Monday said that thousands of troops will remain in the District of Columbia until mid-March after former President Donald Trump’s impeachment trial is finished. Trump’s impeachment trial is slated to start around Feb. 8. Cotton said he wasn’t aware of any “specific” or “credible” threats to the capital other than “aspirational, uncoordinated bluster on the internet—that justifies this continued troop …

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