The FBI will screen all 25,000 members of the National Guard who will guard Washington during the inauguration of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden.
The inspection is due to the authorities’ concerns that some of those charged with protecting the American capital over the next few days before the festivities may themselves pose a threat to the next president and other high-ranking participants in the event.
It is specified that so far the inspection has not revealed any problems in the ranks of the National Guard. However, according to Ryan McCarthy, the Secretary of the Army, the soldiers assigned to protect the capital, are checked two or three times. The vetting is expected to be completed by Wednesday, January 20, when Biden will be inaugurated.
In the U.S., they fear pogroms because of the storming of the Capitol, which occurred on January 6 during a rally of supporters of the current head of state Donald Trump. They do not recognize the results of the November vote, which resulted in the election of Biden as president. The rallies led to clashes with police. Five people were killed and dozens were detained.
On January 7, the U.S. Congress confirmed Democrat Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election. This was preceded by riots and a storming of the Capitol by supporters of incumbent Republican President Donald Trump, in which five people were killed. Biden’s inauguration is scheduled for January 20.