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CBS News 13 Jan 2021

Pentagon could deploy up to 20,000 National Guard troops to Washington ahead of Inauguration

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The Pentagon is prepared to deploy up to 20,000 National Guard troops to the U.S. Capitol ahead of Inauguration Day. CBSN political reporter Caitlin Huey-Burns and Politico White House and Washington reporter Daniel Lippman joins CBSN's "Red & Blue" anchor Elaine Quijano with more on the security preparations.


Thousands of National Guard troops have arrived in Washington, D.C. amid concerns of more potential violence in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. Congress is investigating the security failures surrounding the assault on the U.S. Capitol, as more details come to light. CBS News' Debra Alfarone joins ""CBSN AM"" with the latest.
An unprecedented security operation is underway in Washington, DC amid growing fears of an insider attack ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration. The Associated Press reports the FBI is vetting all 25,000 National Guard troops pouring into the capital for Wednesday's events. CBS News chief justice and homeland security correspondent Jeff Pegues joins CBSN to break down the latest developments.
Federal law enforcement is facing severe backlash over its lack of preparation ahead of the January 6 riot at the Capitol. Now, just a week after the deadly attack, 20,000 National Guard troops have been deployed to Washington to secure the Capitol. The response comes as federal officials warn the "success" of last week's chaos could fuel more violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration January 20. CBS News' Natalie Brand has the latest.

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The US begins a new political chapter tomorrow with the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th president of the United States. Washington DC has been on high alert ever since pro-Trump supporters rioters stormed the Capitol building on January 6th, with threats of more disruption and violence following that security breach. The country has tightened its security presence even in state capitals, ahead of the scaled-down ceremony, as FRANCE 24's Catherine Norris Trent reports from Washington.

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