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After failed insurrection, an unprecedented show of force in the nation’s capital

The nation entered the weekend on edge about the coming presidential inauguration. Investigators are still delving unto the trauma that shook Washington, D.C. on Jan. 6, as authorities brace for what's yet to come. Nick Schifrin reports.

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  • Judy Woodruff:

    The nation enters this weekend on edge about the coming presidential inauguration. Investigators are still delving into the trauma that shook Washington on January 6, as authorities brace for what's yet to come.

    Nick Schifrin begins our coverage.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    It is a city in a state of emergency, a Capitol heavily guarded and on edge. National Guard troops are arriving in an unprecedented show of force, and crews install fences ahead of next Wednesday's inauguration that officials fear could turn violent. Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser:

  • Mayor Muriel Bowser:

    I think that our entire country has to deal with how our intelligence apparatus, security apparatus at every level deal with a very real and present threat to our nation.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    Authorities say they have approved 25,000 National Guard troops to patrol the District.

    Military, congressional, federal, and local officials agreed on the request to prevent a repeat of last week's failed insurrection that killed five people and injured dozens.

    House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said today she'd been assured requests for help will not be brushed aside.

  • Rep. Nancy Pelosi:

    It depends on the intelligence, and we have to have more security than the intelligence might warrant. I think, in this case, redundancy may be necessary.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    Meanwhile, states are also bolstering security. Police, National Guard, and fencing are going up in state capitols from New Mexico to Michigan.

  • Col. Joe Gasper:

    The number of people that will be present over the course of the next seven to eight days particularly, and then from a State Police perspective, all the way through the — at least through mid-February, will be significantly more than we have seen in the past.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    More significant than before Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol. Federal watchdogs from agencies, including Justice, Defense, and Homeland Security, are now investigating the failure to protect Congress.

    And authorities today revealed more details of the siege's organization and objective. FBI official Steven D'Antuono said on a call today more than 300 suspects may be identified by the end of the day, and 100 are already in custody.

  • Steven D’Antuono:

    If this investigation was a football game, we'd still be in the first quarter. So, let this be a reminder. The full force of the FBI is investigating the heinous acts we saw last week, and we will leave no stone unturned.

  • Nick Schifrin:

    The Justice Department said there was no evidence of plots to kidnap or kill lawmakers.

    But a court filing against Jacob Chansley, an Arizona man seen storming the Capitol in horns and face paint, said the intent of rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials.

    The Washington Post reported the mob came dangerously close to Vice President Mike Pence, who stayed in the Senate chamber for 14 minutes after the Capitol had been breached.

  • Rioters:

    Hang Mike Pence!

  • Nick Schifrin:

    … despite rioters threatening him by name.

    Also, under scrutiny, current and former military and police. The Associated Press found at least 21 took part, wearing military-style gear and employing tactics like this Ranger File formation.

    And a current member of the Virginia National Guard, Jacob Fracker, and a fellow police officer were arrested and charged with participating in the riots. Acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin:

  • Michael Sherwin:

    We don't care what your profession is, who you are, who you are affiliated with. If you were conducting or engaged in criminal activity, we will charge you and you will be arrested.

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