At least 21 states activating National Guard troops in capitals to prepare for possible attacks

JULIA JACOBO
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At least 21 states are activating National Guard troops in preparation of possible attacks this week.

The FBI is warning that armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols as well on Capitol Hill after a group called for "storming" state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings on Inauguration Day.

PHOTO: Members of the National Guard patrol outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building on Jan. 17, 2021, in Harrisburg, Pa. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)
PHOTO: Members of the National Guard patrol outside the Pennsylvania Capitol Building on Jan. 17, 2021, in Harrisburg, Pa. (Mark Makela/Getty Images)

In Michigan, where armed militia breached the state Capitol in May, Gov. Gretchen Whitmer announced that the National Guard would be activated from Monday to Wednesday to provide additional security and crowd control measures.

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"Last week's horrific scene on Capitol Hill was an attack on our democracy and shows that we need to be adequately prepared for acts of violence as President-elect Joe Biden is sworn in as our 46th President of the United States," said Whitmer, who faced a kidnapping plot against her in October.

Small protests took place in Ohio on Sunday, where Gov. Mike DeWine authorized 1,000 soldiers and airmen to provide assistance to federal authorities in Washington, D.C. Several hundred more are remaining in Columbus to protect citizens, public buildings and private property from "civil unrest," according to a statement from DeWine's office.

PHOTO: States with Active National Guard (ABC News)
PHOTO: States with Active National Guard (ABC News)

Other states where National Guard troops have been activated include California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Minnesota, North Carolina, New Mexico, Nevada, Oklahoma, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Texas, Utah, Washington and Wisconsin.

MORE: Armed protests being planned at all 50 state capitols, FBI bulletin says

Biden will be inaugurated as the 46th president of the United States on Wednesday in Washington, D.C.

PHOTO: Oklahoma National Guard is stationed on the mostly empty grounds around the state Capitol, Jan. 17, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)
PHOTO: Oklahoma National Guard is stationed on the mostly empty grounds around the state Capitol, Jan. 17, 2021, in Oklahoma City. (Sue Ogrocki/AP)

The House of Representatives voted Wednesday to impeach Trump for incitement of insurrection on the Capitol, making him the first president to ever be impeached twice. The vote triggers a trial in the Senate, but senators will not return early for an impeachment trial prior to the inauguration.

MORE: A visual timeline on how the attack on Capitol Hill unfolded

ABC News' Alexandra Faul and Will McDuffie contributed to this report.

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