Biden transition team presses Senate to confirm national security nominees ahead of inauguration

Biden transition team presses Senate to confirm national security nominees ahead of inauguration

The Biden transition team is pressing the Senate to confirm President-elect 조 바이든‘s national security nominees ahead of the 취임 다음주, saying the country’s security isat stake.

With Democrats set to take the majority after victories in the Georgia Senate runoff elections earlier this month, the Biden team is making a heavy push for secretary of state nominee Anthony Blinken, homeland security secretary nominee Alejandro Mayorkas, director of national intelligence nominee Avril Haines and defense secretary nominee retired Gen. 로이드 오스틴.

Regardless of any developments, with our national security at stake, the pandemic costing thousands of lives every day, and our economy in a historic recession, there is absolutely no justification for Republicans to jeopardize the ability of the United States government to keep the American people safe, distribute vaccines, and put Americans back to work,” Biden transition spokesman Andrew Bates told Fox News.

Many of these respected, qualified, crisis-tested nominees were announced in November, many have been previously confirmed, and their paperwork has been submitted,” Bates continued. “We look forward to continuing to work with both parties in good faith on timely confirmations.

The Senate has traditionally confirmed national security nominees on Inauguration Day.


During the Trump transition, hearings for Trump national security nominees began during the week of Jan. 10, 2017, and on Trump’s Inauguration Day, his nominees for defense secretary and DHS secretary were confirmed.

A source familiar with the process told Fox News that following a presidential election year, the Senate traditionally passes an organizing resolution, which includes the nuts and bolts for committees which would conduct the hearings for nominees, and details how the Senate will conduct itself for the next two years.

Due to the Georgia Senate runoff elections and the Jan. 6 국회 의사당 폭동, 하나, the source told Fox News that negotiations on a power-share agreement are still ongoing. The source said committees will likely begin holding hearings to consider the nominees in the coming days.

The push comes as Trump’s Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf resigned from his post, and as security operations for Biden’s inauguration begin ahead of schedule.

Hours before his resignation, Wolf said that the Secret Service would begin their National Special Security Event operations on Jan. 13, instead of Jan. 19. Wolf said the change was madein light of events of the past week and the evolving security landscape.

An official familiar with the push told Fox News that a swift Senate confirmation for Mayorkas to lead DHS would send a strong message that it understands there are unprecedented and urgent threats to the U.S.

그 동안에, a federal law enforcement source told Fox News that there is an internal FBI memo circulating that warns of plans for armed protests in all 50 state capital cities ahead of Biden’s inauguration.

The memo warned that the protests could be before, on and after Inauguration Day.


Fox News에 대한 성명서, the FBI said that they do not comment onspecific intelligence products,” but said that the FBIis supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve.

Our efforts are focused on identifying, 조사, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity,” the FBI said. “As we do in the normal course of business, we are gathering information to identify any potential threats and are sharing that information with our partners.The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.

The FBI added: “Our focus is not on peaceful protesters, but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property.

The memo comes as Fox News has learned the FBI has received more than “40,000 digital media tips, including video and photos, from the publicregarding participants in last week’s Capitol riot.

Sources told Fox News on Sunday that the FBI visited extremists prior to the Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally and Capitol riot, urging them not to travel to Washington D.C.

불분명하다, 이 지점에서, how many extremists were contacted and how far in advance of Jan. 6.

The change in security plans come after last week’s Capitol riot, which left five people dead, including one Capitol Police officer.

Pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, sending Congress into recess and the Capitol building into lockdown as members attempted to certify the results of the presidential election in favor of Biden.

Trump spoke earlier that day to supporters in Washington at a rally. The supporters later marched to the Capitol. Trump further pressured Vice President Mike Pence to act on his own to decertify the results of the election and send them back to the states for recertification.

펜스, before the joint session of Congress began, said he did not believe, under the Constitution, that he had the authority to “일방적으로” accept or reject electoral votes.

As members of the House and Senate debated and raised objections to certain electoral votes, both chambers were forced to recess and evacuate their chambers as protesters stormed the Capitol, damaging property and sending it into lockdown for hours.

The Justice Department has charged more than a dozen people involved in the riots and dozens more have been charged in Superior Court in Washington D.C. with unlawful entry, curfew violations and firearms-related crimes.

지난 달, President Trump promised supporters a “야생” protest in D.C. on Jan. 6.

And in the wake of the Capitol riot, House Democrats have introduced an article of impeachment against Trump, saying he incitedinsurrection.

The House is expected to take up the article for consideration on Wednesday morning.

그 동안에, the Presidential Inaugural Committee announced that the theme of Biden’s inauguration next week isAmerica United,” despite deep divisions in the country, focusing on anew national journeythat the Biden team says willrestore the soul of Americaand bring the country together.

Former Presidents Barack Obama, 조지여. Bush and Bill Clinton will join Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris at Arlington National Cemetery for a wreath laying ceremony.

그 동안에, Trump said last week that he would not attend Biden’s inauguration — an extraordinary move that would make him the first U.S. president to skip the inaugural ceremony of his successor since 1869.

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“요청하신 모든 분들께, I will not be going to the Inauguration on January 20th,” the president tweeted hours before he was permanently suspended from the platform.

Trump will be the fourth president not to attend his successor’s Inauguration Day. 전 대통령 존 아담스, John Quincy Adams와 Andrew Johnson은 후임자에 참석하지 않았습니다.’ 취임식.

폭스 뉴스’ Jacqui Heinrich contributed to this report.

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