Democratic lawmaker walks back suggestion National Guard a threat to Biden inauguration

Democratic lawmaker walks back suggestion National Guard a threat to Biden inauguration

Rep.
Steve
Cohen,
D-Tenn.,
walked
back
his
criticism
of
the National
Guard
on
Tuesday,
one
day
after
he
remarked
that
Trump
supporters
within
the
military
reservist
branch
“might
want
to
do
something”
to
endanger
President-elect
Joe
Biden’s

inauguration.

Critics,
including
former
Acting
Homeland
Security
Secretary
Chad
Wolf
and
Rep. Michael
Waltz,
R-Fla.,
ripped
Cohen
after
he
suggested
during
a
CNN
appearance
that
the
National
Guard
was
a
potential
threat
to
the
president-elect.
In
an
attempt
to

clarify
his
remarks,
the
Democratic
lawmaker
said
he
was
responding
to
reports
that
officials
were
conducting
background
checks
on
National
Guard
members

through
efforts
to
vet
security
personnel
are
standard
procedure.


GEN.
KEANE
SLAMS
COHEN
FOR
QUESTIONING
PRO-TRUMP
NATIONAL
GUARD’S
LOYALTY
TO
AMERICA

“I
commend
the
work
of
our
law
enforcement
professionals
and
of
the
National
Guard
that
supplements
their
efforts
during
major
events,”
Cohen
said
in
a
statement.
“I
appreciate
the
assurance
their
presence
provides
that
we
will
have
a
successful
inauguration
of
President
Biden
and
Vice
President
Harris.

“Their
work
and
dedication
to
guaranteeing
a
secure
and
lawful
observance
of
this
momentous
transfer
of
power
is
a
testament
to
our
long
tradition
of
peaceful
transitions.
I
thank
them
all
for
their
sacrifice
and
hard
work,”
the
statement
added.

During
his
CNN
appearance,
Cohen
was
asked
to
weigh
in
on
the
possibility
of
an
“insider
threat”
to
Biden
during
his
inauguration.
In
response,
the
Democratic
lawmaker
said
he
was
reminded
that
former
India
Prime
Minister
Indira
Gandhi was
assassinated
by
her
own
bodyguards
and
suggested
that
National
Guardsmen
could
pose
a
similar
threat.

TRUMP
SUPPORTERS
IN
NATIONAL
GUARD
MIGHT
‘DO
SOMETHING’
TO
BIDEN,
DEM
CONGRESSMAN
SAYS

“The
[National]
Guard
is
90-some-odd
percent
male, and
only
about
20%
of
White
males
voted
for
Biden,”
Cohen said
during
the
appearance.
“You’ve
got
to
figure
that
in
the
Guard,
which
is
predominantly
more
conservative,”
he
said.
“They’re probably
not
more
than
25%
of
the
people
that
are
there protecting
us
that
voted
for
Biden.
The
other
75%
are
in
the
large
class
of
folks
that
might
want
to
do
something.”

U.S.
authorities
have
ramped
up
security
preparations
following
the
unprecedented
riot
at
the
Capitol
on
Jan.
6.
Acting Secretary
of
Defense Chris
Miller
said
officials
have
not
received
any
intelligence
to suggest
an
internal
threat
to
Biden.

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The
Chief
of
the
National
Guard
Bureau
said
Tuesday
that
12
National
Guardsmen
were
removed
from
duty
in
Washington
after
vetting
procedures,
including
at
least
two
who
were
reassigned
over
suspected
ties
to
right-wing
militia
groups.

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