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National Guard members reportedly removed from inauguration duty over alleged militia ties

Last updated on January 19, 2021 6:02 pm

Twelve members of the US National Guard have been relieved of their inauguration security duties after background checks revealed ties to far-right militia groups or extremist postings in their online histories, a report said Tuesday.

Officials from the US Army and the US intelligence community confirmed the precaution to the Associated Press, speaking on condition of anonymity.

No organized plot has been found against incoming Democratic President Joe Biden, the report said.

The twelve troopers were not identified by name, nor were the groups to which some of them are allegedly tied.

The move comes two days after it was revealed that the FBI was conducting extra background checks on the approximately 25,000 National Guard troops deployed to secure the inauguration festivities.

The National Guard referred The Associated Press’ request for comment to the Secret Service, which previously declined to disclose results of the vetting process in an effort to preserve operational security.

The crush of troops has been streaming into Washington, DC, since supporters of President Trump stormed the US Capitol on Jan. 6, in a riot that left five people dead.

In other security measures taken in the wake of the deadly invasion, a seven-foot, non-scalable fence has been erected around the Capitol, and the crowd capacity for Wednesday’s inauguration — already pared down due to the coronavirus — has been scaled back further.

At least three people have been busted in recent days for entering or attempting to enter frozen zones around the Capitol, among them two Virginia men carrying firearms.

Despite the security concerns, Biden has said that he intends to take the oath of office outdoors, in keeping with tradition.

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