As lawmakers debate on President Trump's impeachment on the House floor inside, multiple layers of security are in place around the Capitol. Fencing, steel barriers and armed National Guard members surround the grounds, CNN correspondent Brian Todd reports.
Here's a look at what is in place:
- National Guard members are surrounding the entire grounds of the Capitol. They were just issued weapons, many of them carrying semi-automatic rifles, Todd reported on CNN this morning.
- Additionally, other military police, police from other jurisdictions, the Capitol Hill police and the Washington Metropolitan police are in the area with the National Guard.
- Traffic is completely shut off around the Capitol. A roadblock is up on Independence Avenue along with an 8-foot fence around the southwest corner of the Capitol grounds that has been up since after the riots last week.
- There are also squad cars in some sections of the city and dump trucks blocking roads. In other places, there are steel barriers.
"You can't really walk in this area unless you have some kind of ID saying you should be here. Just foot traffic around here is highly restricted," Todd said.
This comes as members of Congress continue to speak out about the vulnerable position the violent Capitol breach put them in, as well as concerns they have about their security going forward ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on Jan. 20.
In addition to National Guard members inside the Capitol, there are now metal detectors installed outside the House floor for all members and staff to go through.
CNN's Brian Todd reports on the scene outside the Capitol: