Security was exceptionally tight at the Capitol on Wednesday, with shocking images of massed National Guard troops, secure perimeters around the complex and metal-detector screenings required for lawmakers entering the House chamber.

More than 20,000 National Guard members could be in the nation's capital to help secure President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday.

There are already significantly more U.S. troops deployed on Capitol Hill than in Afghanistan and Iraq combined, a staggering statistic that underscores just how massive the security presence is.

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