Hundreds of National Guard troops quarter in Capitol hallways, in 5 astonishing photos

Reporters shared photographs of an extraordinary sight Wednesday morning as they arrived at the United States Capitol ahead of the House impeachment vote. The shots show hundreds of armed National Guard troops getting some rest in the hallways of the building.

The jolting images provide a dose of reality about how tense the situation in Washington is at the moment, a week after the deadly Capitol riot, especially when coupled with harrowing revelations from lawmakers about the incident.

I spotted the National Guard sleeping in the hallways of the Capitol as I walked in this morning.

— Daniella Diaz (@DaniellaMicaela) January 13, 2021

Just walked into the Capitol to find literally hundreds of troops napping and lining up in the Congressional Visitor Center— as streets around here are largely blocked.

Many are cuddling their firearms, fatigues over their heads to block light, and riot gear in neat piles.

— Nathaniel Reed (@ReedReports) January 13, 2021

A model of the statue of Freedom overlooks scores of U.S. troops deployed to the Capitol to protect Congress as the House prepares to impeach President Trump a 2nd time, on Jan. 13, 2021.

— Lindsay Wise (@lindsaywise) January 13, 2021

The scene drew historical comparisons to when Union soldiers were quartered in the Capitol during the Civil War. Check out more photos here and here.

Troops in the rotunda, during the Civil War and now. (Photo via @lindsaywise)

— Rebecca Buck (@RebeccaBuck) January 13, 2021

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