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Rehearsal for incoming Democratic president Joe Biden’s inauguration slated for Sunday has been postponed due to security threats, according to Politico.
The rehearsal is now scheduled to take place on Monday.
Security throughout Washington, D.C., is extremely tight, amid FBI warnings of protests, possibly armed, in the nation’s capitol and all 50 states over the weekend and into Wednesday when inauguration events take place.
Following last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol Building, as many as 20,000 National Guard troops have been activated and stationed throughout Washington.
Biden’s team has also canceled an Amtrak trip that the president-elect was scheduled to take from home town Wilmington, Del., to Washington on Monday, citing heightened security concerns.
Biden’s team has also brought on Lisa Monaco, a former Homeland Security adviser in the Obama administration, to serve as a temporary adviser on security around the inauguration. Monaco, whom Biden nominated to serve as deputy attorney general, has paused her activities related to the nomination as she works with the transition on 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.”
And on Friday morning, the House Oversight Committee sent letters to 27 transportation and lodging companies — from car rental services like Avis and Hertz to hotel chains like Marriott and Hyatt — urging them to implement “screening measures” to ensure their services aren’t used to facilitate domestic terrorist plots surrounding Biden’s inauguration.
On Wednesday, Biden received a briefing on the threats identified by the FBI, Secret Service, and national security officials.
“In the week since the attack on Congress by a mob that included domestic terrorists and violent extremists, the nation has continued to learn more about the threat to our democracy and about the potential for additional violence in the coming days,” the Biden transition team said earlier this week. “This is a challenge that the President-elect and his team take incredibly seriously.”