Two members of the National Guard have been removed from an assignment to secure the U.S. Presidential Inauguration, the Associated Press reports.
U.S. Army official and a senior U.S. intelligence official told the Associated Press that two National Guard members have been removed from Wednesday’s security mission after they were found to have ties to far-right-wing militia groups.
It does not appear that officials found any evidence of a specific plot against President-elect Joseph Biden, and the sources did not reveal that names of the militia groups with which the National Guard members are believed to have an affiliation.
The National Guard and the U.S. Secret Service declined AP’s request for comment.
“Due to operational security, we do not discuss the process nor the outcome of the vetting process for military members supporting the inauguration,” the National Guard said in a statement to AP. The Secret Service cited security reasons for its refusal to comment.
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