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US elections 2020

12 National Guardsmen removed from Biden inauguration duty

Tension grips Washington as law enforcement monitors 'online chatter' surrounding event

A National Guard member receives ammunition outside the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 17 as supporters of President Donald Trump are expected to protest the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.   © Reuters

WASHINGTON -- An unprecedented security presence leaves the U.S. capital isolated and paralyzed ahead of Wednesday's inauguration of Joe Biden as president, even as the Senate holds confirmation hearings Tuesday for five of his cabinet nominees.

Thousands of heavily armed Secret Service, National Guard and police personnel are deployed across Washington, with metal fencing, gated barricades and even armored military vehicles blocking off sensitive areas.

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