Many Americans were deeply emotionally affected by the attack on our nation's Capitol last week. We all watched in disbelief as pro-Trump protesters swarmed the grounds, overwhelmed police, and violated the building.
As the dust settled, photo and video evidence began to surface showing that some members of the crowd were not there to simply make a statement, but they traveled to the Capitol that day with some malicious intent. Several individuals carried zip ties with them, presumably to take members of Congress hostage or worse. One man was arrested nearby and found to be in possession of molotov cocktails and firearms.
Now with just a few days left before Joe Biden's inauguration, the FBI is worried that the country hasn't seen the last of the violence.
An internal FBI memo is warning of plans for armed protests in all 50 state capital cities ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration, Fox News has learned.
A federal law enforcement source told Fox News that an internal bureau memo is warning that the protests could be staged before, on, and after Inauguration Day.
In a statement to Fox News, the FBI said that they do not comment on “specific intelligence products,” but said that the FBI “is supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve.”
“Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity,” the FBI said. “As we do in the normal course of business, we are gathering information to identify any potential threats and are sharing that information with our partners.The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights.”
The FBI added: “Our focus is not on peaceful protesters, but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property.”
At least five people died during the storming of the Capitol, including a police officer that was bludgeoned with a fire extinguisher and an army vet who was shot inside the building.
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