The Road to Inauguration Day: The Final Day

Tracking news stories as the nation prepares to swear in our 46th President & Vice President amid concerns of possible violence in the days leading up to the big day.

Threats of violence came less than a week after insurrectionists stormed the U.S. Capitol on January 6th, 2021 seeking to overturn the results of the 2020 General Election.

Over the course of the past week and a half, we have been finding out more about what else the attackers sought to carry out including inflicting harm on members of Congress and the Vice President. The following will focus primarily on events in California in relation to the nationwide call for vigilance in the wake of threats to all U.S. Capitols. National news will also be added to provide a wider picture of what’s going on.

19 JANUARY 2021


12 National Guard members removed from inauguration duty, including two for ‘inappropriate’ comments (NBC News) – Twelve National Guard members were removed from inauguration duty, including two for “inappropriate” comments or texts, a Pentagon spokesman told reporters in a phone briefing Tuesday.

A member of the U.S. National Guard stops cars near the Capitol on Jan. 19, 2021.Angela Weiss / AFP – Getty Images

Feds: 12 National Guard members removed from inauguration security for ties to fringe right-group militias (ABC 10) – Twelve U.S. Army National Guard members have been removed from the presidential inauguration security mission after they were found to have ties with right-wing militia groups or posted extremist views online, according to two U.S. officials. There was no threat to President-elect Joe Biden, they said.

Roughly a dozen members of National Guard relieved of duty ahead of inauguration (MSNBC) – NBC News’ Pete Williams reports that about a dozen members of the National Guard have been relieved of duty after undergoing a vetting process ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Biden.

2 Guard members removed from Biden inauguration due to fringe militia group ties, official says (KCRA 3) – Two U.S. Army National Guard members are being removed from the security mission to secure Joe Biden’s presidential inauguration. A U.S. Army official and a senior U.S. intelligence official say the two National Guard members have been found to have ties to fringe right group militias.

12 Army National Guard members removed from inauguration duty (CNN) – Twelve Army National Guard members have been removed from inauguration duty in Washington, DC, as part of the security vetting process initiated, in part, to ensure troops tasked with securing Wednesday’s ceremony in the nation’s capital do not have ties to extremist groups, the Chief of the National Guard Bureau said Tuesday.

Armed National Guard troops walk past the U.S. Capitol two days before the 59th Presidential Inauguration in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik) 
SOURCE: Andrew Harnik

18 JANUARY 2021

Razor wire, 7 foot fence surround Capitol as security concerns soar ahead of Biden inauguration (MSNBC) – NBC News’ Ali Velshi reports from Washington, D.C. where seven feet of fence topped with razor wire have been put up around the Capitol as security concerns soar ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.

Tensions high in Washington ahead of inauguration (CBC News) – Security is tight and tensions are high in Washington, as the U.S. prepares to swear in Joe Biden on Wednesday. Thousands of National Guard troops brought in to protect against possible attacks are being vetted by the FBI for possible inside threats.

Show Of Force At CA State Capitol (CBS 13 Sacramento) – The California National Guard is patrolling the grounds of the state Capitol, preparing for possible violence ahead of the inauguration this week.

‘We’re not taking any chances’: D.C National Guard Commanding General on inauguration security (MSNBC) – NBC’s Ellison Barber speaks with D.C National Guard Commanding General, William Walker about amplified inauguration security following the riot at the U.S Capitol.

QAnon adherents discussed posing as National Guard to try to infiltrate inauguration, according (Washington Post) – The report, a copy of which was obtained by The Washington Post, did not identify any specific plots to attack Wednesday’s inaugural events.

Acting defense secretary says ‘no intelligence’ indicating insider threat to inauguration (The Hill) – Acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller said Monday that while law enforcement officials are vetting National Guard troops stationed in the nation’s capital, authorities have “no intelligence indicating an insider threat” to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration this week.

People evacuate from the West Front of the U.S. Capitol during a rehearsal the 59th Presidential Inauguration at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Monday, Jan. 18, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Capitol Briefly Locked Down, Inauguration Rehearsal Evacuated After Homeless Camp Fire (Military.com) – The U.S. Capitol complex temporarily locked down Monday during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration after a fire in a homeless encampment about a mile away sent a plume of smoke into the air and caused security concerns.

State Capitol in Sacramento Remains Calm Ahead of Inauguration Day (NBC Bay Area) – With National Guard troops helping local authorities protect the state Capitol, the Sacramento area remained relatively calm ahead of the presidential inauguration. Thom Jensen reports.

State Capitol on Alert (Sacramento Observer) – “Stay away from downtown.” The warning has gone out over social media platforms following last week’s seizure of the U.S. Capitol by an armed mob supporting outgoing president Donald Trump’s claim that the Nov. 3 election was stolen from him. 

Pentagon chief says ‘no intelligence indicating an insider threat’ to inauguration as FBI vets National Guard (CNN) – Acting Secretary of Defense Christopher Miller said Monday that there is “no intelligence indicating an insider threat” to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, though National Guard members arriving in Washington are being vetted by law enforcement.

WASHINGTON, DC – JANUARY 17: National Guard soldier head to the east front of the U.S. Capitol from the Capitol Visitors Center on January 17, 2021 in Washington, DC. After last week’s riots at the U.S. Capitol Building, the FBI has warned of additional threats in the nation’s capital and in all 50 states. According to reports, as many as 25,000 National Guard soldiers will be guarding the city as preparations are made for the inauguration of Joe Biden as the 46th U.S. President. (Photo by Samuel Corum/Getty Images)

No big demonstrations seen Sunday, just lots of people checking out Capitol security (KCRA 3) – As the nation inches closer toward Inauguration Day, California’s Capitol building remains heavily guarded by National Guard troops, California Highway Patrol and Sacramento Police Department officers stationed at various locations across the capitol-area grid.

Sunday Security Surrounds State Buildings, Capitol Ahead Of Inauguration (CBS 13 Sacramento) – Biking around the Capitol, a game of football, all normal activities on a sunny Sunday met with a site you may expect to see in a movie.

National Guard are brought in to the East Plaza of the U.S. Capitol during a rehearsal for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration ceremony on Jan. 18, 2021. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP Photo

Fire near Capitol sets off scramble amid heightened inauguration security (Politico) – Smoke that was later determined to be from a homeless camp led to a brief lockdown of the Capitol complex and upended an inauguration rehearsal.

17 JANUARY 2021

FBI vetting National Guard troops in DC amid fears of insider attack at inauguration (KCRA 3) – U.S. defense officials say they are worried about an insider attack or other threat from service members involved in securing President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, prompting the FBI to vet all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for the event.

The bronze Statue of Freedom, by Thomas Crawford, is the crowning feature of the dome of the U.S. Capitol, shown ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris, Sunday, Jan. 17, 2021, in Washington. 
SOURCE: AP Photo/Julio Cortez

Small numbers of protesters gather at fortified US capitols (Military Times) – Small groups of right-wing protesters — some of them carrying rifles — gathered outside heavily fortified statehouses around the country Sunday, outnumbered by National Guard troops and police brought in to prevent a repeat of the violence that erupted at the U.S. Capitol.

PHOTOS: National Guard in Sacramento ahead of possible inauguration week protests (KCRA 3) – Over the weekend, hundreds of National Guard troops arrived in Sacramento and were stationed around the downtown area in preparation for possible Inauguration Day protests.

Police in front of the state Capitol ahead of anticipated pro-Trump rallies on Sunday, January 17, 2021. (Andrew Nixon / CapRadio)

California’s Capitol On Guard: Despite FBI Warnings, No Armed Protest In Sacramento On Sunday (Capitol Public Radio) – Things remained quiet at California’s Capitol over the weekend and today, despite the FBI warning of possible armed protests.

Airbnb to cancel Sacramento reservations for those linked to hate groups ahead of inauguration (KCRA 3) – Airbnb is reviewing reservations in Sacramento ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden this week to ensure those with ties to hate groups aren’t using their service in California’s capital city.

Capitol Mall & 9th Street is barricaded under heavy security on Sunday in downtown Sacramento. There were no immediate reports of any clashes & feared violence had not occurred by midday Sunday. (Clifford Oto/The Stockton Record)

Capitol security tightened further as authorities brace for expected protests, violence (Stockton Record) – The scene around the California state Capitol remains quiet and mostly deserted this afternoon, with a few pedestrians and onlookers out and about in the heart of a state government that had been heavily fortified ahead of expected protests and violence.

Quiet Sunday at California’s Capitol but tight security to remain through Inauguration Day (Sacramento Bee) – California’s state Capitol in Sacramento remains surrounded by National Guard troops and law enforcement ahead of possible violence protests.

16 January 2021

California National Guard Sets Up Around Downtown Sacramento Ahead Of Potential Unrest, CBS 13 Sacramento

State capitols boarded up, fenced off, patrolled by troops, KCRA 3

National Guard troops arrive in Sacramento ahead of possible protests, KCRA 3

California National Guard, law enforcement monitors Capitol, ABC 10

State capitols from Sacramento to Atlanta fenced off, patrolled by troops ahead of protests planned Sunday, KTLA 5

State capitols tighten security and brace for the unknown as far-right groups plot show of strengths, Washington Post

U.S. Capitol, state capitols fenced off, patrolled by troops, WHDH 7 News