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National Guard Troops Being Vetted As They Arrive To Guard US Capitol

WASHINGTON, D.C. (CBSNEWS.COM) - U.S. defense officials say they're worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, prompting the vetting of all 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

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Members of the US National Guard stand watch at the US Capitol in Washington, DC on January 17, 2021. (credit: Andrew Caballero-Reynolds/AFP via Getty Images)

The massive undertaking reflects the extraordinary security concerns that have gripped Washington following the deadly January 6 insurrection at the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. And it underscores fears that some of the very people assigned to protect the city over the next several days could present a threat to the incoming president and other VIPs in attendance.

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