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U.S. Rep. Ryan Says Inauguration Will Be Safe; Security Changes May Be Permanent

Jan 19, 2021

Rep. Tim Ryan (D-Youngstown) at the U.S. Capitol.
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Dozens of people have been arrested and charged in connection with the deadly insurrection at the U.S. Capitol on January 6, Including four Ohioans.

And two of the more than 25,000 National Guard members now in Washington D.C. have been sent home because of ties to far-right groups. But an Ohio Congressman with a key role in security says tomorrow’s inauguration will be safe. Ohio Public Radio's Karen Kasler reports.

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Democratic Youngstown-area Congressman Tim Ryan chairs the subcommittee that funds the Capitol Police. He says it’s been hard to work in the building that was stormed by rioters, including two Capitol Police officers who’ve been suspended.

“There's already 15 to 20 open investigations to members of the Capitol Police. We know that there were active duty military in the crowd, active duty police in the crowd. So it's it's scary from that vantage point that you just don't know who's who.”

But Ryan says he feels it’s important to do the inauguration outdoors and in public as long as it’s safe. And he says this new reality may mean security changes to the Capitol and other buildings could be permanent.