AN ADDITIONAL 3,000 National Guard troops are being deployed to protect the Capitol building ahead of Donald Trump's impeachment charges.
Security has been drastically stepped up after last weeks anarchy, with anti-climbing walls and concrete barriers erected outside the historical building.
Members of the Senate have even expressed concerns about fellow representatives bringing weapons to the impeachment debate, according to Fox News.
It comes as Donald Trump faces a singular article of impeachment in the wake of the siege of the Capitol building, as lawmakers officially asserted President-elect Joe Biden's 2020 election win.
He faces a charge of inciting insurrection after encouraging supporters to march to Congress and telling them to "fight like hell".
The FBI has warned of the potential for further political unrest as further armed protests are expected to take place in Washington and other states loyal to Trump.
Trump himself approved a Washington D.C. emergency declaration from January 11 to January 24 this week which orders federal assistance to aid the city's response efforts.
The Washington Monument has been closed to the public and the west steps of the Capitol are off limits to the public ahead of Biden's inauguration.
Despite the so-called serious strengthening of security, Congressional reporter Nathaniel Reed posted a photo showing hundreds of troops napping on the floor of the Congressional Visitors Center.
He tweeted: "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."
Trump has refused to take responsibility for the MAGA mobs invasion which resulted in five people dying.
He defended his rousing rally remarks as "totally appropriate" and claimed he wanted "no violence" – despite his supporters leaving a path of destruction.
Around 20 Republican party members have said they will support the Democrats bid to impeach the President, which looks likely to pass as the Democrats hold a majority in the House.
The case will then go to the Senate, where a trial will be held to determine the Trump's guilt.
It is unknown when a trial could be held but it is unlikely to be complete before Trump leaves office on January 20, the day Joe Biden will be sworn in.
Trump described the impeachment as: "a continuation of the greatest witch-hunt in the history of politics, it's ridiculous – it's absolutely ridiculous."
In a shocking address from the White House yesterday, he suggested the impeachment is "causing tremendous anger", rousing fears of another spate of violence.
"To continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger," he said. "I want no violence."
The impeachment trial could also allow the Senate to hold a vote blocking Trump from ever running for office again, as he has indicated plans for his 2024 campaign.
The vote held on Wednesday could mean that Trump is likely to become the first US president to ever be impeached twice.
He face impeachment in December 2019 after asking Ukraine to investigate Biden during the election campaign.
The Senate cleared him at trial after he became the third President to be impeached.
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