DECATUR, Ill. (WICS/WRSP) — An Illinois lawmaker is speaking out after learning the FBI vetting all of the 25,000 National Guard troops coming into Washington for President-elect Joe Biden's Inauguration.
State Representative Dan Caulkins, R-Decatur, is also a retired Infantry Major from the Illinois Army National Guard.
He calls the vetting of troops a "slap in the face to all members of the National Guard."
Rep. Caulkins now wants Illinois National Guard troops who went to Washington D.C. to return home.
Read his full statement below:
“I spent 15 years in the Illinois Army National Guard. I'm stunned that the Biden administration would direct the FBI to question our soldiers’ patriotism. Questioning the loyalty of our citizen soldiers based on their party affiliation is a slap in the face to our veterans and all members of the National Guard. The citizen soldiers from Illinois weren’t told to go to Washington, they volunteered to serve and protect our country during Inauguration Week. I am deeply disturbed by this action and urge Governor Pritzker to immediately bring our troops home from Washington DC. We all swore an oath to the Constitution, not a party or president.”
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