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850 MN guard members among 25,000 soldiers securing inauguration

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FILE - Soldiers from the Minnesota National Guard's 257th Military Police Company are on site at the Minnesota State Capitol complex, providing assistance to the Minnesota State Patrol and local authorities at the direction of Governor Tim Walz. (PHOTO: @MinnesotaNationalGuard on Facebook)

MINNEAPOLIS (AP) — About 850 members of the Minnesota National Guard are among 25,000 soldiers streaming into Washington from across the country for Wednesday’s presidential inauguration.

The number of guard members is at least two and a half times the number for previous inaugurals.

Before this year, states rotated sending National Guard soldiers to inaugurations. Fewer than 10 from Minnesota were at President Donald Trump’s swearing-in and about 350 were at President Barack Obama’s inauguration in 2009.

“It’s sad that we got to this state that we have to have all those troops out there, but it’s comforting to know as leaders that we have the very capable airmen and soldiers out there,” Brig. Gen. Dan Gabrielli, the Minnesota Air Guard’s chief of staff, tells WCCO-TV.

The FBI is vetting all of the National Guard troops coming into Washington for Biden’s inauguration. U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing the event.

The massive vetting process reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have followed the deadly Jan. 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters.

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    Ronald B Ellis

    January 19, 2021 at 12:09 pm

    I believe the Democrats, socialists and communists are worried for good reason that
    American patriots will show up to protest a corrupt election of Biden and Harris.

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