Senate to be briefed on inauguration security after Capitol attack

Senate to be briefed on inauguration security after Capitol attack
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Senators will be briefed about inauguration security after last week's attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Incoming Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) notified lawmakers of an all-senators briefing Tuesday, a Senate source told The Hill.

The Secret Service, the Defense Department and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) will brief senators, the source added.


The briefing comes almost a week after a mob of President TrumpDonald TrumpSchumer: Impeachment trial will be quick, doesn't need a lot of witnesses Nurse to be tapped by Biden as acting surgeon general: report Schumer calls for Biden to declare climate emergency MORE's supporters stormed the Capitol as Congress was certifying the Electoral College vote, forcing lawmakers to go into lockdown and resulting in the death of five people, including a Capitol Hill police officer. The House is moving to impeach Trump for a second time for inciting the mob.

The attack has put new scrutiny on law enforcement and raised questions about security surrounding President-elect Joe BidenJoe BidenBudowsky: A Biden-McConnell state of emergency summit DC might win US House vote if it tries Inaugural poet Amanda Gorman inks deal with IMG Models MORE's inauguration next Wednesday.

There have already been several security shifts since last week, with federal and state officials beefing up law enforcement and National Guard troops deploying around Washington. Trump has declared a state of emergency and the Secret Service will begin special protections for inaugural events Wednesday, a week earlier than initially planned.

Biden is still expected to be sworn in on the Capitol's west front, one of the areas swarmed by rioters who also climbed the scaffolding and bleachers already in place for the inauguration.

“I am not afraid to take the oath outside," Biden told reporters Monday.

Sens. Roy BluntRoy Dean BluntTrump, allies raise pressure on Senate GOP ahead of impeachment This week: Senate stuck in limbo Skepticism reigns as Biden, McConnell begin new era MORE (R-Mo.) and Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenators spar over validity of Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Biden agenda, Trump impeachment trial dominate Klobuchar says Senate impeachment trial of former official is constitutional: 'We have precedent' MORE (D-Minn.), the top members of the Rules Committee, said after the attack they were working to ensure that the inauguration is safe and underscores "our determined democracy."

“The great American tradition of an inaugural ceremony has occurred in times of peace, in times of turmoil, in times of prosperity, and in times of adversity. We will be swearing in President-elect Biden and Vice President-elect Harris on the West Front of the U.S. Capitol on January 20, 2021," they said in a joint statement.