A dozen members of the National Guard have reportedly been relieved of duty ahead of the U.S. Presidential inauguration ceremony on Wednesday.
According to an emerging report from NBC, about 12 National Guard members have been relieved of duty as the result of a vetting process, presumably in connection to the inauguration ceremony which will take place two weeks after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the U.S. Capitol building on the day Congress met to confirm the results of the election.
— Lauren Peikoff (@laurenpeikoff) January 19, 2021
As CrimeOnline previously reported, two members of the National Guard had earlier been pulled from a security mission for the Biden inauguration, after they were found to have ties to right-wing militias.
A NBC White House correspondent said on Twitter that the National Guard members relieved of duty were removed as a result of more “routine” vetting concerns that included criminal history checks and concerns raised about statements they have made.
NEWS: NBC's Pete Williams reports that roughly a dozen National Guard members have been relieved of duty ahead of the inauguration — not because of "radical extremist concerns," but because of "more routine" vetting issues.
— Geoff Bennett (@GeoffRBennett) January 19, 2021
The National Guard did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This is a developing story and all information is preliminary. CrimeOnline will provide further updates when more information is available.
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