Their impeachment comes as the FBI works to control the 25,000 National Guard troops for Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
Twelve members of the U.S. Army National Guard withdrawn from presidential inauguration security mission after discovering they had links to right-wing militias or posting controversial opinions online, news agencies reported on Tuesday.
There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, according to reports.
The Associated Press news agency reported that officials, a senior intelligence official and an army official briefed on the matter did not specify which fringe group the Guard members belonged to or which unit they were in. served. The officials, according to the AP news agency, were not authorized to speak publicly and had spoken on condition of anonymity.
Their withdrawal from the enormous security The presence in the nation’s capital comes as the FBI worked to control all of the 25,000 National Guard troops heading to the area for Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
U.S. defense officials have expressed concern about a possible insider attack or other threat from members of the service after the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol on January 6 by Trump supporters who shocked the country.
Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said in a statement Monday that monitoring of National Guard troops was continuing and that the Pentagon had so far found no intelligence indicating an internal threat.
Washington has been at the forefront since the deadly insurgency on Capitol Hill, which prompted extraordinary security measures before Biden’s inauguration. A fire at a homeless camp near the Capitol complex caused a lockdown on Monday during a rehearsal for the inauguration.
The U.S. Secret Service has stepped up security in and around the Capitol a few days earlier than usual in preparation, and the city center is essentially locked down with blocked streets, high fences installed, and tens of thousands of soldiers and d law enforcement officers stationed around the area.
The Secret Service issued a bulletin this weekend on what they see as a “rise” in National Guard troops posting photos and details of their operations online.
Early Tuesday morning, the FBI sent a list of names to the National Guard Bureau who were identified as having ties to far-right groups or who had posted radical views online. The information was passed from the National Guard Office to the DC National Guard.
Last week, the Virginia National Guard said Jacob Fracker, an off-duty police officer charged in connection with the violent riots on Capitol Hill, was a corporal in state guard and serving as an infantryman.