U.S. Defense officials are concerned about an inside attack or other threat from members of the service involved in the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and are urging the FBI to investigate all 25,000 National Guard troops coming to Washington for the event .
The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns Washington has gripped after the deadly uprising of pro-Trump rioters in the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. And it underscores fears that some of the people who will be deployed to protect the city over the next few days could pose a threat to the new president and other VIPs present.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told The Associated Press on Sunday that officials were aware of the potential threat and he warned commanders to look out for problems in their ranks as the inauguration approaches. However, so far, he and other leaders have said they saw no evidence of threats, and officials said the review did not report any issues.