Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said on Monday that while law enforcement officials are vetting National Guard troops stationed in the nation’s capital, authorities have “no intelligence indicating an insider threat” to Joe Biden’s inauguration this week.
“As is normal for military support to large security events, the Department will vet National Guardsmen who are in Washington, D.C.,” Miller said in a statement.
“This type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement for significant security events. However, in this case the scope of military participation is unique.”
The Associated Press reported on Sunday that “concerns of insider threats prompted the FBI to vet National Guard troops stationed in D.C. to increase security around the inauguration. Some 25,000 National Guard members are going to be in the District on and around the inauguration on Wednesday.“
Both active and former members of the U.S. military have been charged over their involvement in the siege including most recently an Army reservist who works as a contractor with “Secret” security clearance and access to munitions at Naval Weapons Station Earle.
Prosecutors charged Timothy Louis Hale-Cusanelli, of Colts Neck, N.J., on Friday with five federal counts for sieging the building.
National Guard Bureau Chief Army Gen. Daniel R. Hokanson said in a release on Monday that if they find any indication a soldier or airman harbors extremist views, the case will be immediately handed over to law enforcement or dealt with by the chain of command.