Federal law enforcement officials informed members of Congress last week that as many as 5,000 National Guard troops must remain in Washington, D.C., through mid-March, four people familiar with the matter told Politico. The troops who stay behind will be protecting the Capitol from what was described as "impeachment security concerns." The driving force behind the decision is reportedly the possibility that mass demonstrations — perhaps similar to the deadly riot at the Capitol on Jan. 6 — in support of former President Donald Trump will coincide with Trump's Senate impeachment trial, which is set to begin the week of Feb. 8. Some Guardsmen told Politico they have been given little information about the extension.

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