Biden's inauguration rehearsal postponed over security concerns,
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[January 15, 2021]
(Reuters) - A rehearsal for U.S
President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration scheduled for Sunday has been
postponed because of security concerns, Politico reported late on
Thursday, citing two people with knowledge of the decision.
The rehearsal is now planned for Monday, according to the report.
Biden's team had also canceled an Amtrak trip from Wilmington to
Washington planned for Monday due to heightened security concerns, the
report added. Biden will be inaugurated on Jan. 20.
The presidential inaugural committee declined to comment on the report.
Federal Bureau of Investigation Director Christopher Wray said earlier
that the FBI was looking into individuals who could possibly threaten
the safety of the inauguration.
A presidential inauguration traditionally draws hundreds of thousands of
visitors to Washington, but the ceremonies have been scaled back
dramatically because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden asked his nominee for deputy attorney general and former President
Barack Obama's counter-terrorism adviser, Lisa Monaco, to serve as a
temporary homeland security adviser leading up to next week's
Officials have warned of plans for armed protests in Washington and all
50 states and activist groups have been concerned about the potential
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President-elect Joe Biden delivers remarks during a televised
speech on the current economic and health crises at The Queen
Theatre in Wilmington, Delaware, U.S., January 14, 2021. REUTERS/Tom
The warnings follow last week's assault on the U.S. Capitol by
supporters of President Donald Trump that left five people dead.
Trump's supporters stormed the Capitol last Wednesday, trying to
halt the certification by Congress of Biden's election win.
Trump, who has challenged the validity of Biden's victory without
producing evidence, initially praised his supporters but later
condemned the violence.
(Reporting by Kanishka Singh in Bengaluru; Editing by Tom Hogue and
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