Of the 12 soldiers removed, two were for “inappropriate comments or texts”, the commander of the National Guard, General Daniel Hokanson told reporters, refusing to specify the nature of these comments.
The checks were decided after police and plainclothes military participated in the violent assault on Capitol Hill by supporters of incumbent President Donald Trump on January 6.
The authorities fear an infiltration of extremists within the forces responsible for securing the swearing-in of the new president of the United States on Wednesday.
The two soldiers whose comments were deemed “inappropriate” were already in Washington when they were reported to National Guard Command, one by a superior and the other by an anonymous source, General Hokanson said. . They were sent home.
In the case of the 10 other soldiers removed from the security apparatus, the decision “has nothing to do with the events taking place on the Capitol or the concerns of many people about extremism,” assured the spokesperson. word of the Ministry of Defense, Jonathan Hoffman, without providing more details.
The FBI said on Monday it would check the backgrounds of reservists deployed for the ceremony.
“We want to make sure that we have the right people in the circle” who will protect the president and the vice president, explained General William Walker, chief of the Washington National Guard.
Thousands of National Guard troops have already been deployed, and up to 25,000 in the capital on Wednesday, to protect a large “red zone” from Capitol Hill, where Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will be sworn in, to the White House .