What is the Insurrection Act that Trump is threatening to invoke?

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The U.S. President has threatened to deploy troops on American streets to control the violence. But to do that, the president would need to invoke what’s known as the “Insurrection Act of 1807.” Legal experts are divided over whether the president has the constitutional authority to use the military in quelling protests. What exactly is the law and how has it been used in the past?

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