FEARS of an “insider attack” on Joe Biden at his inauguration on Wednesday have led to enhanced vetting of National Guard troops.
Around 25,000 National Guard members are undergoing intense FBI screening as US defense officials admitted their concerns over assassination attempts by one of those tasked with protecting Biden on the day.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy said officials are conscious of the potential threat, and warned commanders to be on the lookout for any problems within their ranks as the inauguration approaches.
So far, however, he and other leaders say they have seen no evidence of any threats, and officials said the vetting hadn’t flagged any new issues.
The fears come just two days before President-Elect Biden’s inauguration on where he will be sworn in as the 46th President of the United States.
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