Two members of the US National Guard have been taken off the security team for the Inauguration due to their ties to right-wing militia groups.
An official from the US Army and a senior US intelligence official confirmed the members’ ties to the fringe groups, though no plot against President-elect Joe Biden or Vice President-elect Kamala Harris was discovered.
Their dismissal came after the FBI conducted its vetting process and discovered the troops’ ties to the groups.
“Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration,” the National Guard Bureau said in a statement to the AP.
The US Secret Service, who is charged with securing the Inauguration event, wouldn’t comment on the troops’ removal either.
More than 20,000 members of the US National Guard were deployed to the nation’s capital ahead of the Inauguration following the deadly attack on the US Capitol on January 6.
As a result, additional security measures, for both the coronavirus and right-wing extremists, have been taken to ensure the day is safe for all in attendance.
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