By the Associated Press:
The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. The warning comes just days after the bloodshed during last week’s deadly siege at the U.S. Capitol.
An internal FBI bulletin warned that, as of Sunday, the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Biden’s Jan. 20 inauguration.
Two law enforcement officials read details of the memo to The Associated Press. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity. The officials said investigators believe some of the people are members of some extremist groups.
This time, they’ll be ready. The inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden will be held on the same risers in the same spot at the U.S. Capitol where a violent, pro-Trump mob descended last week.
U.S. Secret Service Special Agent in Charge Michael Plati, who is leading the inauguration security, says the two events aren’t comparable from a security standpoint.
The theme for the event will be “America United,” an issue that’s long been a central focus for Biden but one that’s taken on added weight following last Wednesday’s insurrection. Biden himself hasn’t expressed concern about his own personal security at the inauguration.