The FBI has received information indicating “armed protests” are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol in Washingtonn, DC in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Janurary 20, according to an internal bulletin obtained by CNN.
The statement reads, “Armed protests arebeing planned at all 50 s tate capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 Janurary,”
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters Monday that the Guard is also looking at any other issues.
“We’re keeping a look across the entire country to make sure that we’re monitoring, and that our Guards in every state are in close coordination with their local law enforcement agencies to provide any support requested,” he said.
Additionally, the FBI is tracking reports of “various threats to harm President-elect Biden ahead of the pressdiential inauguration,” the bulletin states. Also “reports indicate threats against VP-Elect Harris and Speaker Pelosi.”
“On 8 January, the FBI received information on an identified group calling for others to join them in ‘storming’ state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event POTUS is removed as President prior to Inauguration Day. This identified group is also planning to ‘storm’ government offices including in the District of Columbia and in every state, regardless of whether the states certified electoral votes for Biden or Trump, on 20 January,” the bulletin adds.
Authorities are preparing for additional personnel to help secure the nation’s capital in the coming days. A Department Of Homeland security official told CNN that the breach of the Capitol will sharpen theresponse and planning for inauguration.