Published: Thu, March 04, 2021

Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol on Thursday

Police uncover ‘possible plot’ by militia to breach Capitol on Thursday

Top House Democrats are abruptly wrapping up all work on Wednesday and sending members home - a day earlier than planned - as congressional leaders grapple with another potential threat to the Capitol, almost two months after deadly riots overtook the complex.

According to NBC, Blodgett said there's now no indication any groups are planning to travel to Washington, D.C., to protest the 2020 presidential election results or commit acts of violence.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, D-N.Y., said he was "very concerned" about potential threats Thursday and wasn't sure whether the Capitol Police were adequately prepared to respond.

The Defence Department took more than three hours to dispatch the National Guard to the deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol despite a frantic request for reinforcement from police, according to testimony Wednesday that added to the finger-pointing about the government response.

FBI Director Christopher Wray told lawmakers on Tuesday that the attack on the Capitol on January 6 was "domestic terrorism" - a threat which he said was "metastasizing" across the country. Blodgett wrote that the Capitol Police had received "new and concerning information and intelligence indicating additional interest in the Capitol for the dates of March 4th - 6th by a militia group".

Information provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security warned of increased chatter among extremists, including members of the Three Percenters extremist group, discussing possible plots against the Capitol on March 4, a date that conspiracy theorists have focused on, according to sources familiar with the matter.

Since Jan. 6, National Guard troops have been dispatched to the Capitol grounds and tall fencing has been erected to extend the security perimeter.

"The Department is aware of concerning information and intelligence pertaining to March 4th and continues to work with all of our law enforcement partners".


The warning comes almost two months after a deadly riot by Trump supporters shook the Capitol.

Walker says at 1:49 p.m. on January 6 he "received a frantic call" from former Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund about rioters breaching the Capitol's security perimeters. The statement said the agency was "taking the intelligence seriously" but provided no other specific details on the threat.

Since his defeat, Trump has been promoting lies that the election was stolen from him through mass voter fraud, even though such claims have been rejected by judges, Republican state officials and Trump's own administration.

Senate Rules Committee Chair Amy Klobuchar, one of two Democratic senators who will preside over Wednesday's hearing, said in an interview Tuesday that she believes every moment counted as the National Guard decision was delayed and police officers outside the Capitol were beaten and injured by the rioters.

The House impeached Trump on January 13 on a charge of inciting an insurrection, focusing on an incendiary speech he made to supporters shortly before the mob converged on the Capitol, though the Senate acquitted him on February 13.

"Any minute that we lost, I need to know why", Klobuchar said.

Rep. Adriano Espaillat, a Democrat from NY, said he was "very concerned" about potential threats Thursday and wasn't sure whether the Capitol Police were adequately prepared to respond.

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