WASHINGTON (AP) – The latest on Joe Biden’s inauguration (all times on location):
Three new Democratic Senators are due to be sworn in after President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday.
The arrival of Raphael Warnock and Jon Ossoff from Georgia and Alex Padilla from California will give the Democrats a working majority in the Senate – split between 50 and 50, with new Vice President Kamala Harris as a tie.
A person anonymized to discuss the planning tells The Associated Press that Harris will take the oath of office to the three Democrats after she was sworn in as Vice President during the inauguration.
Warnock and Ossoff defeated Republican senators earlier this month. The Georgian Foreign Minister is expected to confirm these results on Tuesday.
Padilla was tapped by the California governor to fill Harris’ remaining tenure in the Senate.
– From Lisa Mascaro.
HERE YOU MUST KNOW ABOUT THE INAUGURATION OF PRESIDENT-ELECT JOE BIDEN:
Supreme Court Justice John Roberts leads President-elect Joe Biden to take the oath of office, security will be unusually strict after the January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol, and opening events will be restricted due to the coronavirus pandemic.
– Opening event to celebrate the resilience of black Americans
– Biden, Harris are taking a break from preparing the opening for MLK day
– Inauguration rehearsal evacuated after a fire in the homeless camp
Here’s what else is going on:
Two members of the U.S. Army National Guard are removed from the security mission to secure the inauguration of Joe Biden. A US Army officer and a senior US intelligence official say the two National Guard members have links with fringe right-wing militias.
No conspiracy was found against Biden.
The army officer and intelligence officer spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity based on Defense Department media regulations. They did not say what fringe group the guards belonged to or what unit they served.
The National Guard Bureau, which the AP contacted Tuesday, referred questions to US intelligence, saying, “For operational security reasons, we are not discussing the process or the outcome of the review process for service members in support of the inauguration.”
The secret service informed the AP on Monday that it would not comment on whether members of the National Guard had been prevented from securing the inauguration for reasons of operational security.
– Posted by James LaPorta of Delray Beach, Florida.
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Joe Biden will seek a unity theme ahead of his inauguration as president on Wednesday by worshiping with the four leading Republican and Democratic leaders in Congress.
The elected Democratic President spoke during the election campaign and by-election about his goal of uniting a sharply divided country.
Biden’s new chief of staff, Ron Klain, retweeted a post Tuesday saying that Biden had tacitly invited Democrats Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer, and Republicans Mitch McConnell and Kevin McCarthy, to attend mass at St. Matthew’s Cathedral accompany.
Spokespeople for Pelosi, Schumer, McConnell and McCarthy confirm they are accompanying Biden.
Senator Chris Coons tells CNN that the service is “an important part of respecting tradition”.
Coons is a Democrat from Biden’s home state of Delaware. He says the service is a “reminder of who Joe is and who we are as a nation that is hopeful and optimistic.”