Some school districts opt out of streaming Biden inauguration amid security concerns
Washington, D.C. has been secured by 25,000 National Guard troops this week in preparation for the inauguration of President-Elect Joe Biden Wednesday. The security concerns increased after a January 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol.
The riot took place after President Donald Trump spoke to his supporters and encouraged them to make their voices heard in front of the Capitol as Congress was certifying the Electoral College results, making Joe Biden the President-Elect.
Rioters then broke windows, entered and looted the building. The chaos resulted in 5 deaths.
Trump later clarified that he was encouraging a peaceful protest and condemned the violence.
Since then, the city has been on high alert as National Guardsmen from dozens of states pour in to assure a peaceful event.
However, amid concerns of potential violence, a number of schools across the country have reportedly opted to not show students the live inauguration ceremony.
That includes the Keller Independent School District in Dallas, Texas, which is allowing parents to excuse their students from class during the live stream, according to the Dallas Morning News.
According to the Bangor Daily News, the Bangor School Department in Maine says it won’t show the event to students “due to the threat of potential violence.”
New York’s Ossining Union Free School District in New York won’t show the inauguration to “ensure the social and emotional well-being of our students,” according to a letter from the school district’s superintendent.
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On June 20, Special Counsel John Durham will testify appear before the House Intelligence Committee in a closed-door briefing. The next day, he will testify in front of the Judiciary Committee about his 300-page reportdetailing his investigation into the FBI probe of alleged collusion between the 2016 Trump campaign and Russian officials.
The news broke Friday that Durham will be testifying on the report, which found the Department of Justice and the FBI did not have “any actual evidence of collusion” between Russian officials and Donald Trump’s 2016 presidential campaign.
Instead, the agencies began their Crossfire Hurricane investigation based on “raw, unanalyzed, and uncorroborated intelligence,” the report said. “Based on the review of Crossfire Hurricane and related intelligence activities, we conclude that the Department and the FBI failed to uphold their mission of strict fidelity to the law in connection with certain events and activities described in this report,” Durham wrote.
The report also confirmed that the FBI did not give due consideration to the possibility that the Steele Dossier, which was used to obtain a FISA warrant to surveil Trump campaign aide Carter Page, was Russian disinformation.
FBI leaders displayed “serious lack of analytical rigor,” according to Durham, and they relied significantly on. “investigative leads provided or funded (directly or indirectly) by Trump’s political opponents,” referring to staffers and allies of then-presidential candidate Hillary Clinton, whose campaign funded the Steele dossier through its law firm Perkins Coie.
National Review reminds readers, “The dossier was created by former British intelligence agent Christopher Steele and accused Trump and his campaign aides of collaborating with Kremlin officials.”
Durham released his report nearly four years after then-attorney general Bill Barr tasked him with investigation the origins of the Crossfire Hurricane investigation.
The FBI responded to the report in saying that the “conduct in 2016 and 2017 that Special Counsel Durham examined was the reason that current FBI leadership already implemented dozens of corrective actions, which have now been in place for some time.”
“Had those reforms been in place in 2016, the missteps identified in the report could have been prevented,” the bureau said. “This report reinforces the importance of ensuring the FBI continues to do its work with the rigor, objectivity, and professionalism the American people deserve and rightly expect.”
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