Former CIA Director Michael Hayden mentioned he’s assured regulation enforcement will have the ability to shield President-elect Biden at subsequent week’s inauguration. His feedback come as safety forces are going through scrutiny over rioters’ capability to breach the U.S. Capitol.
Final week, Trump supporters who had been searching for to overturn the election stormed the constructing the place lawmakers had been affirming the Electoral School vote, inflicting lawmakers to be evacuated. 5 individuals, together with a police officer, died because of the violence.
Tall fencing and different barricades have been put up across the Capitol in wake of the destruction and.
When requested in regards to the inauguration, Hayden mentioned he was “apprehensive,” however added that “our forces are very, excellent. So I’ve a number of confidence in them.”
Hayden, a retired basic, served as the top of the CIA within the Bush and Obama administrations. He was additionally the director of the Nationwide Safety Company from 1999 to 2005.
Earlier than the violence on the Capitol, inauguration officers had alreadyand urged individuals to remain residence due to the coronavirus pandemic. Regulation enforcement is now anticipating additional unrest throughout or main as much as Biden’s inauguration.
Mr. Biden appeared to trust in Capitol safety in feedback he made to reporters Monday. “I’m not afraid of taking the oath exterior,” he mentioned. The incoming president has been briefed by the FBI, Secret Service and members of his nationwide safety crew about inauguration safety considerations.
The incoming president’s granddaughter Naomi Biden tweeted that she has the “utmost confidence” in Secret Service to guard her household.
“On daily basis for 8 years, I witnessed the tireless work of the women and men of @SecretService. They by no means as soon as allow us to down. I’ve the utmost confidence in them and belief of their preparedness,” she wrote.
Hayden additionally expressed concern about the way forward for the nation after President Trump and his supporters sought to invalidate Mr. Biden’s victory.
“I hope we’re OK. I need to be OK. However I am apprehensive about it. I am apprehensive about it very a lot,” Hayden mentioned.