Two sources told Politico that the rehearsal for Joe Biden’s inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been postponed due to security concerns.
Following last week’s riots in Washington, security officials have locked up the Capitol complex, and the National Guard is expected to deploy more than 20,000 troops to provide security assistance.
Top lawmakers and Homeland Security officials were shocked at the growing threats surrounding the inauguration, and the FBI warned of armed demonstrations in all 50 states this weekend.
The rehearsal is now planned for Monday, the people said.
The President-elect team also canceled the Amtrak trip from Wilmington to Washington scheduled for Monday due to increased security concerns.
The Presidential Inaugural Committee refused to comment on the changes, and the Secret Service and the Joint Congressional Committee on Inaugural Ceremonies did not respond to requests for comments.
Biden’s team also brought Lisa Monaco, former Homeland Security Advisor to the Obama administration, to serve as a temporary security advisor at the inauguration. Monaco, who was nominated by Biden to serve as Deputy Attorney General, has halted her appointment activities as she works on the transition to security matters.
“Ms. Monaco will assist the President-elect and work with the incoming national security advisor, the incoming homeland security advisor, and current security and law enforcement officials, including with the United States Secret Service on their plans for the inauguration,” a spokesperson for the transition said in a statement. “Given the existing threats, Ms. Monaco’s temporary role will be focused solely on the period leading up to the inauguration.”
The Politico news report came a day after the President-elect “received a briefing from senior officials at the FBI, the US Secret Service, and key members of his national security team”.
On Wednesday, the Secret Service began imposing special security measures for the inauguration, The Hill news website reported.
At least 20,000 National Guard troops are expected to be deployed in Washington D.C.
About 2,000 Guard members were seen at the Capitol beginning Wednesday, with photos in the media showing them resting on the marble floors inside the building.
Biden received a security briefing Wednesday from the FBI, Secret Service and other federal security officials regarding the inauguration.
- Inauguration rehearsal set for Sunday has reportedly been moved to Monday due to security concerns
- Biden’s team had also canceled an Amtrak trip from Wilmington to Washington, according to a report
- It comes as up to 20,000 National Guard troops are being called in to protect and fortify the capital ahead of the inauguration next Wednesday
- On Thursday, FBI director Christopher Wray revealed agents ‘are seeing an extensive amount of concerning online chatter about a number of events surrounding the inauguration’
- Officials have warned of plans for armed protests in Washington and all 50 states and activist groups have been concerned about the potential for violence
- Wray says much work is being done behind the scenes to protect the public ahead of Biden’s swearing-in
- At least 50 agencies and private companies have formed a ‘Multi-Agency Command Center’ (MACC), which will operate out of the Secret Service field office
- The FBI, SWAT teams, the Department of Defense and Amtrak have all joined the task force