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12 National Guard members removed from inauguration

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12 U.S National Guard members have now been removed from President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration day security detail during a vetting process.

Authorities say that while there is ” no intelligence indicating an insider threat,” to the capitol, they have begun screening military personnel invited to participate in Wednesday’s  inauguration process.

When the process began, only two members of the National Guard were removed due to their alleged ties to extreme right groups, since then, however, it has been said that at least 10 others have been removed as well.

According to the report, two members were flagged for “inappropriate” comments and text, while the others were removed due to other behaviors.

It is unclear what the text said or what behaviors the National Guard members exhibited.

On Tuesday, Gen. Daniel Hokanson said that just because the members have been removed, it does not mean that they all had ties to extreme groups:

They were “identified” and removed “out of an abundance of caution.”

The news comes as approximately 25,000 National Guard men and women have made their way to the US Capitol in time for Joe Biden’s inauguration following January 6th’s Capitol riot.