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Former and current members of law enforcement and the military appear to have participated in the Capitol riot.
Jan. 18, 2021, 5:46 AM PST / Updated Jan. 18, 2021, 11:53 AM PST
By Mosheh Gains and Rachel Elbaum
Defense officials say they are worried about an inside attack or some other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, The Associated Press reported.
As a result, the FBI is vetting all service members on hand in the capital to support the inauguration, an Army official told NBC News on Sunday.
"The Army is working with the FBI to vet all service members supporting the Inauguration National Special Security Event," the official said.
Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told the AP that officials were conscious of the potential threat, and he warned commanders to be on the lookout for any issues as the inauguration approaches.
Former and current members of law enforcement agencies and the military appear to have participated in the Capitol incursion. A corporal in the Virginia National Guard was charged last week in federal court in connection with the violence, which has been linked to five deaths and widespread damage throughout the building.
Defense officials have said they have seen no evidence of any threats.
"While we have no intelligence indicating an insider threat, we are leaving no stone unturned in securing the capital," acting Defense Secretary Chris Miller said in a statement Monday. "This type of vetting often takes place by law enforcement for significant security events."
FBI vetting would involve running peoples' names through databases and watchlists maintained by the bureau to see whether anything alarming comes up.
The Army and the Justice Department are investigating members for involvement, as well, and U.S. Capitol Police announced last week that they had suspended "several" of their own and will investigate at least 10 officers.