Twelve US National Guard troops have been withdrawn from service to protect Joe Biden’s inauguration, in part due to an investigation into extremist sympathies in the ranks, the Pentagon said Tuesday.
Two of the 12 were retired for “inappropriate comment or text,” said National Guard commander-general Daniel Hokanson.
The two were sent home, he said, declining to explain what was said in the comments.
You were drawn out of the Force “from an abundance of caution,” he said.
The withdrawal of the other 10 troops was also unresolved, but “had nothing to do with the events at the Capitol or the concerns that many people have noted about extremism,” said Jonathan Hoffman, a Pentagon spokesman.
The actions against the 12 took place over fear that the right-wing extremists who participated in the attack on the US Capitol on January 6 had employees or sympathizers of the US military.
The FBI, concerned about a possible threat to Biden or others, is investigating whether there were extremists among the up to 25,000 National Guard troops stationed in Washington to keep the inauguration safe.
We “want to make sure we have the right people in the safety bubble,” Washington National Guard chief General William Walker told Fox News Monday.
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