(PatrioWise)- Despite rumblings to the contrary the acting defense secretary said this week that there was “no intelligence indicating an insider threat” for Inauguration Day.
Some Democrat lawmakers suggested that members of the National Guard posed a threat in securing the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden on January 20, but Chris Miller quickly shot down that talk.
Miller said all members of the National Guard were being vetted for the inauguration, but he also downplayed that as a relatively normal process for large security events.
In a statement, Miller said:
“As is normal for military support to large security events, the Department will vet National Guardsmen who are in Washington, D.C. While we have no intelligence indicating an insider threat, we are leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital.”
Democratic Representative Steve Cohen, from Tennessee, suggested earlier in the week that National Guard members were a threat for Inauguration Day. He said that was because most of them were white and male, claiming incorrectly that only 25% of white men voted for Biden in the presidential election.
Appearing on CNN, Cohen said:
“Only about 20% of white males voted for Biden. You have got to figure that the Guard, which is predominantly more conservative and I see that on my social media, and we know it, they are probably 25% of the people that are there protecting us who voted for Biden.
“The other 75% are in the class that would be the large class of folks who might want to do something. And there were military people and police who took oath to defend the Constitution and to protect and defend who didn’t do it who were in the insurrection. So, it does concern me.”
People in D.C. are concerned about security threats with Inauguration Day this week. Following the attack on the U.S. Capitol building on January 6, the Pentagon authorized 6,200 members of the National Guard to report to D.C. that day. Then, they increased that to 25,000 members on January 15.
Miller did say that the request of the 25,000 National Guard members was a unique number for military participation at a security event. He commented:
“However, in this case, the scope of military participation is unique. The D.C. National Guard is also providing additional training to service members as they arrive in D.C. that if they see or hear something that is not appropriate, they should report it to their chain of command. We appreciate the support of the FBI in assisting with this task and for each of the more than 25,000 Guardsmen who answered their Nation’s call and rapidly deployed to the [National Capitol Region].”
Federal law enforcement authorities are still investigation the people who attacked the Capitol building on January 6. They have made several arrests already, and are in the process of tracking down more people who took part in the riot.
In addition, they have been proactively investigating all possible threats in D.C. on Inauguration Day, as well as similar threats at state capitol buildings across the country.