The Nationwide Guard protects Congress in the course of the Trump impeachment debate within the Capitol

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, Democrat of Maryland, walks past members of the National Guard as he arrives at the U.S. Capitol in Washington DC on January 13, 2021, ahead of an expected vote from U.S. President Donald Trump.

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There is no Confederate flag there now.

National Guard forces flanked the halls and exterior of Congress on Wednesday when the House of Representatives indicted President Donald Trump for instigating a violent mob into the Capitol complex a week earlier.

A photographer captured a stunning picture that morning of House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., Walking past guards lying on the floor as he went to a debate about impeachment.

Speaker of the House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., Later tweeted a photo thanking the members of the National Guard lined up in front of the Capitol’s dome.

Also on Wednesday, the acting chief of police of Washington announced that more than 20,000 National Guard troops are expected to be in the District of Columbia to inaugurate President-elect Joe Biden on January 20.

The show of force comes after thousands of rioters raged through Congress buildings, killing a Capitol policeman, beating and peppering other officers, wearing Confederate battle flags, wearing cable ties while they searched for members of Congress, occupied the Senate Chamber, and smeared feces the walls.

Just before the uprising, Hoyer and other outraged members of Congress rejected Trump’s call to supporters to help topple Biden’s election. Trump delayed the use of armed forces to protect the Capitol after it was overrun despite requests from members of Congress.

“Rep.[Liz] Wyoming Conservative Republican Cheney said: “The President of the United States has called the mob, gathered the mob and lit the flame of this attack,” remarked Hoyer on the floor of the House of Cheney, who will support Trump’s impeachment.

“This is not an irresponsible new member of the United States Congress,” Hoyer said. “This is the daughter of the former Republican Whip and former Vice President of the United States of America. She knows what she is talking about.”

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