Today’s events take place in a heavily guarded and locked-down Washington, D.C. Twelve Army National Guard members were removed from inauguration duty as troops were vetted to make sure they did not have ties to extremist groups or views. Two of the removed members sent texts or made social media posts that threatened lawmakers.
As authorities continue to identify and arrest rioters who took part in the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, prosecutors filed conspiracy charges Tuesday against three members of the far-right Oath Keepers, an extremist militant group, who they say planned and coordinated ahead of the attack. According to court filings, one of the members, Thomas Edward Caldwell, received a Facebook message during the assault which read, “All members are in the tunnels under capital seal them in. Turn on gas.”
Meanwhile, Senate Majority Leader — soon to be Minority Leader — Mitch McConnell spoke out against Trump and the insurrectionists on Trump’s last full day in office.
Majority Leader Mitch McConnell: “The mob was fed lies. They were provoked by the president and other powerful people.”
McConnell and the House’s top Republican, Kevin McCarthy, are attending a church service with Joe Biden, along with Democratic congressional leaders Chuck Schumer and Nancy Pelosi, ahead of the inauguration.