The 26,000 National Guard troops deployed to Washington, D.C. for the inauguration and Capitol Hill security this week have largely completed their mission and are awaiting transportation home -- in a congressional parking garage.
First reported by Politico, Guard troops were reportedly removed from the halls of the Capitol complex where they had been taking brief nap breaks and using restrooms since the riots on Jan. 6 -- and sent to take their breaks in a Senate parking garage.
According to a statement from the D.C. National Guard to Connecting Vets Thursday night, troops were asked by the U.S. Capitol Police to move their rest area now that Congress is in session and "increased foot traffic and business is being conducted." According to a statement from U.S. Capitol Police Friday morning, USCP "did not" instruct the National Guard to vacate the Capitol building.
Photos of troops taking breaks in the garage resulted in outrage from lawmakers.
While it is still unclear who exactly evicted the troops from the Capitol building, as of this morning all those dwelling in parking garages had returned to the Capitol halls, according to the USCP statement.
The National Guard is currently working to move roughly 15,000 troops back to their home units and plans to complete those movements within the next five to 10 days, according to a statement from the National Guard. Approximately 7,000 Guard troops are expected to remain in the nation's capital through the end of January.