U.S. law enforcement agencies are screening members of the National Guard to ensure they will pose no risk on the day of President Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony on Wednesday, Gen. Daniel Hokanson said on Sunday. After the murderous assault on Capitol Hill on January 6, when supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump stormed the seat of Congress, it emerged that some of the protesters had ties – past or current – to the military.
General Daniel Hokanson, who heads the Office of the National Guard, was interviewed by CBS News about whether the military had been screened before they arrived in Washington.
“In coordination with the Secret Service and the FBI, all the military who arrived were screened,” General Hokanson replied.
Soldiers on every street corner, barbed wire and imposing fences … Joe Biden will be invested Wednesday in an unrecognizable capital, transformed into an entrenched camp, after the murderous assault on the Capitol on January 6.
Some 25,000 members of the National Guard have been deployed to the capital.
In a recent letter to US troops, the chiefs of staff claimed the January 6 riots were “incompatible with the rule of law” and called on soldiers to “embody the values and ideals of the nation “.