Ahead of Joe Biden's inauguration as the 46th United States President, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) on Sunday said they are screening National Guard members to make sure they do not pose a security risk during the inauguration.
The law enforcement agency decision is following the January 6 riots at the Capitol building in support of outgoing President Donald Trump.
According to the agency, it emerged that some of those involved had current or former ties to the military.
Speaking with the CBS News when asked if troops were being checked as they arrived in Washington, the head of the National Guard Bureau, General Daniel Hokanson said they are screening all the personnel that are coming in.
“In coordination with the Secret Service and the FBI, they’re screening all the personnel that are coming in,” Hokanson said
Much of Washington resembles a fortified compound in a war zone, with most of the downtown area blocked off, security fences topped by razor wire and about 25,000 National Guard troops deployed to the capital.
In a recent letter to all US troops, the Joint Chiefs of Staff told service members the January 6 riots were “inconsistent with the rule of law” and said troops “must embody the values and ideals of the nation.”
AllNews had reported earlier that the President-elect, Joe Biden will be sworn-in as the United State President on January 20, 2021.