FBI: Trump Supporters Prepare Armed Protests Nationwide
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has warned US police that extreme right-wing extremist groups across the country are preparing for armed protests on Sunday, January 17. The edition told in more detail with the BBC.
According to the document for official use, which was drawn up a week before the capture of the Capitol and fell into the hands of the American media, from January 16 to 20, an attack is planned not only on the Capitol, but also on other administrative buildings in the capitals of other states. Extremists are planning unrest and riots there.
It is reported that the organization of these actions is carried out by the ultra-right grouping Boogaloo... This organization believes in the inevitability of open confrontation with the authorities. And some of its members even believe that it is necessary to accelerate events on their own and the time has come to start armed anti-government resistance, which will develop into a civil war.
Members of the group call for storming government buildings and courts across all states a few days before and on the day of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20.
Correspondent Aaron Katersky wrote on Twitter that “The FBI has received information about an identified armed group that intends to travel to Washington on January 16th. They warned that if Congress tried to remove the President from office through the 25th Amendment to the Constitution, there would be a big uprising. ”
Democrats in the House of Representatives have submitted two resolutions, with the help of which it is planned to remove incumbent President Donald Trump from power before the expiration of his term.
Democrats call on Vice President Mike Pence activate the 25th Amendment to the US Constitution and call the government to a vote on Trump's early removal.
If Pence does not, the Democrats will begin the process of removing Trump from power through impeachment proceedings. Trump is accused of inciting insurgency.
The FBI had previously asked the Americans for help in identifying the participants in the storming of the Capitol, and as a result, about 40 thousand requests were received with photos and videos.
The head of the National Guard bureau, Daniel Hawkanson, said 15 people were allocated to ensure the security of Biden's inauguration. Earlier it was reported that it is planned to allocate 10 thousand.
After the events in the Capitol, 6,2 thousand National Guardsmen were already deployed to the American capital.
Meanwhile, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser has issued an appeal to refrain from visiting the capital on the day of the inauguration. According to her, everyone can take part in the ceremony virtually.
She also asked President Trump to declare a pre-emergency in the city so that resources can be coordinated with the federal government.
Edition "Voice of America" reported that the FBI is studying data indicating that individuals or groups of individuals may try to provoke violence or commit criminal acts in connection with the planned transfer of power.
“While it is our standard practice to not comment on specific intelligence, the FBI supports our law enforcement partners at the state, municipal and federal levels,” the bureau said.
"We are focusing not on peaceful demonstrators, but on those who pose a threat to their safety in the form of violence and destruction of property," the FBI said.
The Department of Homeland Security announced on Monday January 11 that the Secret Service, which is responsible for protecting the President, has been tasked with launching a security operation for the inauguration process six days ahead of schedule.
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The department said that this is due to "the events of the last week and the changing environment."
The National Park Service announced on Monday that the Washington Monument will be closed from January 11 until the end of the inauguration due to threats of violence.
House Intelligence Committee Chairman Adam Schiff stressed that law enforcement must ensure that the inauguration is held safely.
Schiff said the threat of further violence in the final days of Trump's presidential term is one of the reasons for his removal from office.
“There is certainly a danger that the president will continue to incite his supporters to further violent actions aimed at ending the peaceful transfer of power,” Schiff said.
Ultra-right groups in chats and social networks praise the participants in the assault, calling them true patriots.
Usually, on the occasion of the inauguration of the president, hundreds of thousands of people come to the American capital, but this year the scale of the event is significantly limited due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump said last week that he would not be attending the ceremony.
As ForumDaily wrote earlier:
- On January 6, the US Congress met in Washington, DC to approve the results of the presidential election. At the same time numerous supporters of the incumbent US President Donald Trump crowded under the Capitol building to protest against these results... The situation quickly escalated and turned into chaos.
- House of Representatives and Senate confirmed Joe Biden's win early Thursday morning January 7... During the protests near the Capitol, at least 4 people died, there are casualties. The chaos near the Capitol was condemned by the leaders of many countries.
- US President Donald Trump returns to Twitter after 12 hours of blocking his account and posted a video in which he severely condemned the people who broke into the Capitol, and also admitted defeat for the first time in the elections.
- House Speaker Nancy Pelosi asked for Vice President Mike Pence apply the 25th amendmentto declare the president incapable of performing his duties. If Pence refuses this step, Democrats are using the impeachment mechanism again.
- The storming of the Capitol on January 6 was planned in advance.: Far-right forums have discussed ways to storm the building to prevent Joe Biden's election certification. In addition, all this was presented as actions by order of US President Donald Trump.
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