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Secret Service takes charge of security for Biden's inauguration

January 13, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 12: The stage for the Presidential Inauguration is prepared outside the U.S. Capitol on January 12, 2021 in Washington, DC. Today the House of Representatives plans to vote on Rep. Jamie Raskin's (D-MD) resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment, removing President Trump from office. On Wednesday, House Democrats plan on voting on articles of impeachment. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

The US Secret Service on Wednesday officially took charge of security for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration as authorities warn of new threats across the country and unfold a massive security presence in Washington, DC, after last week's violence at the US Capitol.

Washington (CNN)The US Secret Service on Wednesday officially took charge of security for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration as authorities warn of new threats across the country and unfold a massive security presence in Washington, DC, after last week's violence at the US Capitol.

The Secret Service is taking the lead of inauguration security planning efforts as there is a growing concern among law enforcement officials that violent mobs' success in breaching the Capitol has increased the potential for attacks because people may be emboldened to carry out violence.

But the Secret Service is prepared to secure the inauguration, the Department of Homeland Security's second-in-command Ken Cuccinelli told CNN, while acknowledging there are always "problem players" that show up.

Cuccinelli also said that the Secret Service is preparing for the possibility of a bigger security problem than the events of January 6 but added that the agency is "thoroughly prepared to contend with it. "

Cuccinelli, who has been the public face for the department on security issues since the Capitol attack, said the biggest change to security preparations has been moving the start date for the National Special Security Event (NSSE) up six days, with the official designation coming Wednesday morning.

The inauguration is designated as a NSSE, which is intended to bring in the full force of the federal government and its resources and puts the Secret Services as the lead for security operations.

I think that there's a lot of reaction to January 6 and setting the election piece of it aside, that's a continuing reaction of the violence of the last seven and a half months, pretty much continuously in various parts of the country. " A separate federal law enforcement official previously described an "off the charts" level of chatter to CNN.

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