Rep. Conor Lamb announced Tuesday that law enforcement had informed lawmakers of a 4,000-strong group of "armed patriots" willing to prevent Democrats from entering the Capitol if they crack down on Donald Trump
A Democratic official warned Tuesday that the Capitol was "still under threat" as thousands of "armed patriots" stood ready to descend to Washington DC to prevent Democrats from moving forward with impeachment and said they were ready to take their weapons to deploy against members of Congress.
In a closed-door briefing Monday night, law enforcement officials informed lawmakers, according to Conor Lamb, a Pennsylvania representative that an "organized group" of 4,000 people will attempt to prevent Democrats from entering the Capitol.
He said this group of people who consider themselves patriots follow published "rules of engagement" about when to shoot and take more serious action.
"The threats we face are very specific," Lamb told CNN on Tuesday morning. "I don't want anyone watching at home to think we can just imagine things could be bad."
"You are talking about 4,000 armed patriots who surround the Capitol and are supposed to prevent any Democrat from entering. And they have published rules of engagement – that is, if you shoot and if you don't," said the marine veteran and Democratic representative.
President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in Washington DC on Monday night when police revealed three plans to attack the Capitol prior to Joe Biden's inauguration – including the "largest armed protest in American history."
It comes as the FBI alerted its staff to possible riots in capital cities in all 50 states ahead of Inauguration Day on Jan. 20, especially if Trump is removed from office before Biden enters the White House.
Members of the National Guard were dispatched to Washington DC to encircle and guard Capitol Hill after a pro-Trump mob stormed the building last Wednesday. Law enforcement officials believe this was only the tip of the iceberg and that more will follow in the next two weeks.
By the end of the week, about 10,000 National Guard troops will be in position in Washington DC.
Lamb said they have been informed that this group of "patriots" follows published "rules of engagement," including instructions on when to use their weapons and fire. Members of the National Guard line up outside the Capitol on Tuesday morning
By the end of the week, 10,000 National Guard troops will have been deployed to Washington DC.
Security fences have been erected across DC, including around the Capitol, White House, and federal monuments
The National Guard and other law enforcement agencies in the city prepare for further attacks on the country's capital following the breach of the Capitol last Wednesday as the Democrats press ahead with their impeachment this week
President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in Washington DC Monday night after police revealed three separate plans to attack the Capitol prior to Joe Biden's inauguration – including the "largest armed protest in American history."
Trump traveled to Texas on Tuesday to visit his U.S.-Mexico border and celebrate 400 miles of wall completed during his presidency as Democrats scrambled to get him out of office before his final day on Jan. 20 remove
A member of the National Guard carries "emergency ration meals" when sending members from multiple states to Washington, DC.
Representative Zoe Lofgren, a 13-year-old Democrat who was set to help prosecute impeachment proceedings in the House of Representatives for the first time, said security had "improved significantly" since last week.
As she left Spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi's office on Tuesday, she told reporters that the ongoing threats to democratic lawmakers were certainly real.
"Well, just look at social media and you will see that there are people out there who have nothing to do and want to overthrow the government. We saw them last week," she said of the briefing last night, reporting planned by three separate attacks.
Thousands of protesters broke into the Capitol and spent hours roaming the halls, violating the lawmakers' offices and chambers of congress for about six hours – delaying Congress, which upheld the election for Joe Biden.
The Capitol Police were unable to prevent the Capitol breach on their own or to repel the rioters. It took longer than usual to call in the National Guard and other law enforcement agencies for assistance.
"This is an organized group that has a plan," Lamb said of those who want to continue the attack on the nation's capital. "They are determined to do what they do because they are patriots."
"So this is now a will contest," he said. “You know, we don't negotiate with these people or argue with them. They need to be prosecuted, they need to be stopped. And unfortunately that includes the president as well, which is why he must be indicted and removed from office. & # 39;
Members of the National Guard, called up from several states including Virginia, Maryland and New Jersey, stand outside the Capitol on Tuesday as Democrats move forward with impeachment proceedings against Trump.
"This is a measure taken with a purely public safety perspective," Lamb said as he detailed what law enforcement said to members of Congress on Monday. “We're trying to stop the active threat from 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. He's the person who holds all these different hate groups together, white supremacy groups, whatever you want to call them. & # 39;
Trump's declaration of emergency allows the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate with local authorities, as the Democrats had been vehemently demanding.
On Monday evening, the new chiefs of the Capitol Police informed House Democrats that they were considering three separate plans, including one that has been described as "the largest armed protest ever to take place on American soil."
Most worrying, however, are reportedly armed rioters circling the Capitol and preventing the Democrats from stepping in – possibly killing them – so that Republicans can take command of the government.
Another protest is planned in honor of Ashli Babbitt, the USAF veteran who was shot and killed at close range by a police officer while trying to climb into the speaker's lobby during the siege of the Trump mob.
"It was pretty overwhelming," a Democrat told the Huffington Post of the police briefing.
Meanwhile, the FBI's internal memo warned of a group calling for the "storming" of state, local and federal government buildings and courthouses if Trump is removed from office.
The bulletin broke when spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi introduced an impeachment article accusing Trump of inciting a riot five days after the president's crowd stormed the Capitol and five people in a vain attempt to hold the general election to fall, were dead.
Flowers lay on the steps of the east wing of the Capitol. Five people died in the riots on Wednesday, including a Capitol police officer Brian Sicknick and a pro-Trump protester Ashli Babbitt – both veterans
Trump speaks to supporters at a rally on Wednesday before hundreds of his fans stormed the Capitol Building in DC during the violence that killed five
More than 6,000 National Guard members were posted to Washington DC over the weekend, with dozens of them guarding the Capitol on Monday.
The Capitol Police told Congress that they are preparing for the arrival of up to tens of thousands of Trump supporters in the coming days, including possible violence, to take control of the White House and the Supreme Court.
In cooperation with their colleagues in the National Guard, the police reportedly told the Democrats that they had agreed on rules for engagement in the event of an armed demonstration.
They don't plan on shooting anyone unless they get fired first, but they added that there are exceptions to the rule.
Police urged lawmakers to be cautious about giving details to the press, as Big Tech had "cut" major communications so successfully that many were only able to find out about plans through traditional media.
One member noted that the Silicon Valley gag order against Trump's supporters "could ultimately save lives".
However, as the Capitol Police expressed their confidence that they had adequate plans to counter violent riots, some lawmakers questioned whether this was the case, given the neglect of security over the past week.
One Democrat told police chiefs there was clear evidence that some in the police department "may be allied with the insurgents who like to carry their weapons".
"You can't let them bypass security and go straight to Biden and Harris on inauguration," that lawmaker told HuffPost.
Another area of democratic speculation has been whether the Trump administration prevented federal law enforcement from providing their expertise to the police.
The member told HuffPost, “I don't think anyone has any confidence that the people in the Pentagon who may or may not be needed for some of these, or the Department of Homeland Security, where we don't even know who it is, will be responsible , will be cooperative. & # 39;
The Capitol Police work with National Guardsmen to patrol the area around Capitol Hill
Without much support on Wednesday January 6th, the Capitol Police were easily overtaken by a crowd of thousands of pro-Trump supporters who couldn't stop them from storming the building
The National Park Service said Monday it would close the Washington Monument and other facilities in the area starting today and last until Jan. 24.
Meanwhile, the Pentagon is reportedly considering sending up to 13,000 guardsmen to secure the area on inauguration day. Before last week's violation, officials had planned to deploy around 7,000 guardsmen.
The tightened security plans come after the Department of Defense said it was "aware of further possible threats from potential terrorists in the days up to and including the day of inauguration," Congressman Jason Crow (D – Colorado) said in a statement Sunday after speaking with Secretary of the Army, Ryan McCarthy, on security preparations.
The Department of Homeland Security is working with the Department of Defense, local authorities, and housework officials to sharpen the law enforcement response in the coming days, including building non-scalable fences and security checkpoints around Capitol Hill.
"Now that it has happened, people are going to take it a lot more seriously," a senior DHS official told CNN about last week's violence. "Now the planners, they're all going to take it a lot more seriously."
Federal and local authorities have been heavily criticized for failing to crack down on Wednesday's riot despite evidence that they knew it was coming.
Hundreds of people could face federal charges following the Capitol violation last week, the acting US attorney for DC said in an interview with NPR over the weekend. A massive 24-hour hunt was underway to identify suspects and bring charges against them.
Meanwhile, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf over the weekend that she was "extremely concerned" about Inauguration Day safety. She wrote that the event "will require a very different approach to previous initiations given the mayhem, injuries and death experienced during the Uprising at the US Capitol."
On Monday, the National Park Service announced that after last week's rioting, the National Mall and Memorial Parks would be closed until January 24 in response to credible threats.
Monday's FBI bulletin said the bureau was aware of plans for armed protests in each state between January 16 and 20. A large demonstration is scheduled to take place in Washington, DC on January 17th.
On Monday, the National Park Service announced that after last week's riots, the National Mall and Memorial Parks would be closed until January 24 in response to credible threats
A national parks police vehicle parked near the Washington Monument on Monday after it was closed to the public
Images of Trump supporters climbing the walls of the Capitol – reputedly one of the safest buildings in the United States – and making their way with little resistance shocked the world on Wednesday
An "identified armed group", which was not directly identified, was said to be traveling to the nation's capital ahead of the January 16 protest. "They warned that if Congress tries to remove POTUS over the 25th Amendment there will be a major riot," the bulletin said, according to ABC News correspondent Aaron Katersky.
Twitter quoted online chatters about a "planned secondary attack" on the US Capitol and its counterparts in all 50 states when it suspended Trump's account on Friday.
"Plans for future armed protests have already spread on and off Twitter, including a planned secondary attack on the US Capitol and the US Capitol buildings on January 17, 2021," the company wrote in a blog post without providing further details .
Twitter was believed to be referring to the same gossip quoted in the FBI bulletin.
Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris will be sworn in on the Western Front of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 20 before attending a Pass in Review on the Eastern Front, and then receiving traditional escort to the White House branch of the military by representatives from all of the branches.
Biden's team remains a firm believer that the opening events, held before the MAGA riots to avoid large crowds for coronavirus transmission, should continue despite what happened last Wednesday.
"We are confident that our security partners have spent months planning and preparing the inauguration, and we continue to work with them to ensure the elected president is as safe as possible," said a senior initiator from Biden last week.
"This will be a new day for the American people focused on healing our nation, bringing our country together and rebuilding it better."
A protester carries a sign asking Congress to indict President Donald Trump near the Capitol on Sunday
A Capitol police officer stands next to members of the New York National Guard on Monday morning
The National Guard, which came into effect on Monday as House Democrats, is expected to initiate impeachment proceedings against President Donald Trump
Trump said Saturday he would not attend the inauguration and would be the first president since 1869 to skip the swearing in of his successor. Vice President Mike Pence is expected to continue to attend.
The opening committee made last minute changes to the security plans, given what happened last week.
The event will no doubt look very different from previous years, when hundreds of thousands of people – and in some cases millions of people – took to the streets to celebrate the start of a new administration.
In a letter sent on Sunday, Mayor Bowser urged the Trump administration to issue an emergency statement for DC. He cited information suggesting that there is likely to be more violence leading up to the inauguration.
In another letter to acting DHS Secretary Wolf on Saturday, Bowser called for the National Special Security Event – a designation that allows for greater law enforcement and collaboration resources – to be extended from January 11 to 24. The period was originally scheduled for January 19-21.
On Monday, Wolf announced that the deadline would start six days earlier on January 13th. He did not say whether it would be extended beyond January 21.
Bowser also urged Wolf that the DHS work with other federal agencies – including the Department of Defense, Congress, the Supreme Court, and the Justice Department – to create a security area that will be fortified by troops around federal properties.
She said this would allow the DC Metropolitan Police Department to focus on their normal civil duties.
Chuck Schumer, chairman of the Senate minority, reiterated Bowser's concerns in a statement following his conversation with FBI director Christopher Wray on Saturday.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser (pictured) said in a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf over the weekend that she was "extremely concerned" about Inauguration Day safety
"The threat from violent extremist groups remains high and the next few weeks are critical to our democratic process. The upcoming inauguration in the US Capitol swears by President-elect Joe Biden and Vice-President-elect Kamala Harris," said Schumer, a New York Democrat.
Given that the same cutting-edge, dangerous online rhetoric that happened before January 6, which turned out to be a warning of the insurgent attack, has only since escalated, I impressed Director Wray with the vitality of the FBI, along with other federal and state agencies to work together remain extremely proactive and extremely vigilant to defend our democracy. & # 39;
Adam Schiff, chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Intelligence, said Monday he expects a safe incident from law enforcement.
"I think there can certainly be violence, but I have to imagine, hope, and pray that this time around the Capitol Police, the National Guard, are prepared and understand the risks," Schiff, a California Democrat, told CBS This Morning.
Schiff said the threat of more violence in the last nine days of Trump's tenure was a reason to swiftly remove the incumbent, who sacked thousands of loyalists in a speech ahead of Wednesday's rampage. House spokeswoman Nancy Pelosi presented impeachment proceedings on Monday morning.
"There is certainly a danger that the president will continue to incite his supporters into further violent activities in order to stop the peaceful transfer of power," said Schiff.
DHS Assistant Secretary Ken Cuccinelli insisted Thursday that the previous day's Capitol violation was a "one-time event" and assured that the inauguration day would be kept under control.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's letter to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf is shown in full above
DHS deputy secretary Ken Cuccinelli insisted Thursday that the previous day's Capitol breach was a "one-time event" and assured that the inauguration day would be kept under control. Pictured: National Guardsmen gather on Monday
Members of the New York National Guard organize on the Eastern Front of the US Capitol on Monday morning
The National Guards added masks to their usual uniforms in the face of the coronavirus pandemic
"You are going to see an immediate improvement, a completely aggressive stance from the Department of Homeland Security and the Department of Justice for not accepting violence from anyone," Cuccinelli told Fox News.
The DHS has been criticized for failing to intervene when the Capitol Police asked for assistance during last week's riot.
Cuccinelli suggested the agency was not being notified enough, saying when the request came in, "it was just too short when things started to warm up".
However, a former senior DHS official denied the claim on the grounds that authorities were early aware of the possibility of violence.
"Die Strafverfolgung war schlecht auf ein Ereignis vorbereitet, von dem das ganze Land wusste, dass es kommen würde, und eines, das POTUS seit Wochen signalisiert hatte", sagte Brian Harrell, ehemaliger stellvertretender DHS-Sekretär für Infrastrukturschutz, gegenüber CNN und verwies auf den Präsidenten.
"Die normalen" Sicherheitsschichten ", bei denen jede innere Schicht schwerer zu durchbrechen ist, gab es fast nicht. Es ist schockierend, dass wir in einer Welt nach dem 11. September gesehen haben, wie das „Haus der Menschen“ mit Leichtigkeit durchbrochen und durchsucht wurde “, sagte Harrell.
Harrell sagte, er erwarte, dass vor der Einweihung wesentlich mehr Sicherheit implementiert wird. Er sagte, die größte Bedrohung für das Ereignis sei ein aktives Shooter-Szenario, das Rammen von Fahrzeugen und das gezielte Anvisieren kritischer Infrastrukturen.
Cops versprechen Hunderte weiterer MAGA-Aufstände bei "beispielloser" Fahndung – aber bisher wurden nur 80 gefasst
Es wird angenommen, dass weniger als 100 Personen im Zusammenhang mit dem MAGA-Aufstand am Mittwoch festgenommen wurden, und die Polizei bemüht sich nun, die vielen einzuholen, die dank der zahlenmäßig unterlegenen Capitol Police entkommen sind und sie alle frei von der Szene laufen lassen.
Etwa 85 Personen wurden festgenommen und insgesamt 55 in verschiedenen Gerichtsbarkeiten angeklagt, aber viele der Anklagen wurden nicht veröffentlicht. Die Capitol Police, das FBI, die DC Metropolitan Police und das Justizministerium unterstützen sie alle. Der Sekretär der Armee gab am Sonntag bekannt, dass 25 Fälle von Terrorismus im Inland eröffnet wurden.
Aufgrund des Umfangs der Operation werden Hunderte von Agenten und Polizisten eingesetzt, um die entkommenen Randalierer aufzuspüren.
Es wird als eine "beispiellose" Anstrengung beschrieben, die von Anfang an behindert wurde, weil die überwiegende Mehrheit der Randalierer letzte Woche Washington DC verlassen konnte, ohne verhaftet zu werden, und nun in ihre verschiedenen Heimatstaaten im ganzen Land zurückgekehrt ist.
Am Freitag veröffentlichte das Justizministerium Informationen über 13 der Personen, die sie bisher angeklagt hatten.
Seitdem wurden auch einige der produktiveren Schuldigen – wie der QAnon-Schamane Jake Angeli, der das Kapitol mit einem gehörnten pelzigen Hut stürmte – und der Vater Adam Johnson (36), der das Rednerpult von Nancy Pelosi gestohlen hatte, in Gewahrsam genommen .
Mehrere andere wurden als Personen von Interesse benannt, aber sie wurden noch nicht aufgespürt, darunter ein Mann, der sich Berichten zufolge versteckt hält, nachdem er mit den Unruhen in Verbindung gebracht wurde. Mindestens zwei Polizisten stehen ebenfalls unter dem Verdacht, an den Unruhen beteiligt zu sein, darunter ein NYPD-Offizier. Es ist fast unmöglich, dass die vielen Tausenden, die das Kapitol gestürmt haben, alle gefangen werden.
Diejenigen, die verhaftet und angeklagt wurden, werden wegen einer Reihe von Straftaten strafrechtlich verfolgt, darunter illegale Einreise, Waffenbesitz, Körperverletzung und Drohungen.
Niemand wurde wegen Mordes angeklagt. Vier Randalierer starben im Chaos, ebenso ein Polizist, der zusammenbrach, nachdem er angeblich mit einem Feuerlöscher über den Kopf geschlagen worden war. Ein zweiter Polizist tötete sich Tage später.
Hier finden Sie eine Liste derjenigen, die bereits festgenommen wurden.
Bilder von Trump-Anhängern, die an den Wänden des Kapitols hochkletterten – angeblich eines der sichersten Gebäude in den Vereinigten Staaten – und sich mit wenig Widerstand ihren Weg bahnten, schockierten die Welt am Mittwoch.
Fünf Menschen, darunter ein Polizist des Kapitols und vier Demonstranten, starben an den Folgen des Chaos. Berichten zufolge hat sich ein Polizeibeamter des Kapitols drei Tage nach dem Nahkampf umgebracht. Mehr als 80 Aufständische wurden bereits festgenommen und mindestens 25 werden wegen Terrorismus angeklagt, während das FBI weiterhin nach anderen sucht.
Der amtierende US-Anwalt von DC, Michael Sherwin, sagte im Interview mit NPR am Sonntag, dass möglicherweise „Tausende“ von Menschen Informationen über mutmaßliche Verbrechen haben könnten, die während des Einbruchs in das Kapitol begangen wurden.
"Ich glaube nicht, dass es in der Geschichte des DOJ einen ähnlichen Fall gibt, der mit diesem vergleichbar ist", sagte er.
Der Polizeichef des Kapitols, Steven Sund, und die Unteroffiziere des Repräsentantenhauses und des Senats kündigten am Donnerstag auf Ersuchen der Kongressleiter ihren Rücktritt an.
Meanwhile, as Inauguration Day approaches, fears are mounting that the attack may have emboldened extremists to continue their campaign to block Biden's path to the White House, despite the fact that he won the election.
In the days since the Capitol riots, calls for future armed protests have only grown among far-right circles, according to Twitter, which has monitored the chatter on its service.
A former DHS official warned that the Capitol siege could serve as a 'rallying cry' for Trump supporters.
'We could start to see a lot of lives lost because of the moment that occurred on Wednesday, so very, very concerned about the cascading effects,' the official told CNN. 'It's a very concerning moment.'
Jonathan Greenblatt, the head of the Anti-Defamation League, expressed similar concerns, saying that far-right extremists and white supremacists were emboldened by their perceived success last week.
'We fully expect that this violence could actually get worse before it gets better,' Greenblatt said.
A number of extremist groups were spotted among the sea of rioters at the Capitol last week, including the Proud Boys, Oathkeepers, NSC131, New Jersey European Heritage Association, far-right podcaster Nick Fuentes' Groypers, American Nationalist Party and American Guard, according to the Network Contagion Research Institute.
Wednesday's unrest reverberated around the US as smaller protests were staged outside several state capitols. Local officials across the US fear that Inauguration Day could bring further violence to their communities as well.
Washington State Gov Jay Inslee on Friday announced that he was mobilizing up to 750 National Guardsmen to secure the state's capitol in Olympia at the start of the new legislative session on Monday.
'The actions we saw in both Washington, DC, and Olympia earlier this week were completely unacceptable and will not be repeated in our state again,' Inslee, a Democrat, said in a statement, referring to the dozens of people who occupied the state Capitol and breached the grounds of the governor's mansion last Wednesday.
'In light of the most recent insurrection activity, the state cannot tolerate any actions that could result in harm, mayhem or interruption of function of democratic institutions,' he said.
Hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol on January 6 in a bid to block the certification of Joe Biden's victory
Members of Congress are seen running for cover as protesters attempted to enter the House Chamber
The protesters used flag poles and other objects to break doors and windows around the Capitol building
Shortly before 2pm, the rioters descended on Capitol Hill while lawmakers were inside certifying the vote. Over the next two hours, the violence escalated. Some broke into politicians' offices, tauntingly sat at their desks and left threatening notes. One of the protesters was shot dead by cops (bottom right)
In New Jersey, state homeland security officials are monitoring plans for protests on January 12 and 20, an official with knowledge of the situation told CNN.
'Some of the online rhetoric has called for protests at all 50 capitals plus DC,' the official said. 'FBI in particular has been continuing to put our threat assessments and we are at the state level as well.'
In New York, which sent about 1,000 members of its National Guard to assist at the US Capitol, state police have also been put on high alert.
'Given recent events in Washington and across the country, the New York State Police has, out of an abundance of caution, taken steps to harden security in and around the State Capitol in Albany,' spokesman Beau Duffy told Law & Order. 'These restrictions are in place until further notice.'
Unrest is also anticipated in Georgia, which was a key target of Trump's campaign to overturn the election results. In a now-infamous call on January 2, Trump pressured Georgia's Secretary of State Brad Raffensberger to 'find' enough votes to erase Biden's victory in the Peach State, but Raffensberger refused.
Members of the Washington National Guard stand near a fence surrounding the state Capitol on Monday
Washington State Gov Jay Inslee on Friday announced that he was mobilizing up to 750 National Guardsmen to secure the state's capitol in Olympia at the start of the new legislative session on Monday
Asked what officials are doing to prepare for protests in the coming days, a spokesperson for the state Department of Public Safety declined to offer details.
'We are aware of potential protests on Jan. 17,' Franka Young, the public affairs program coordinator, wrote in an email to Law & Order. 'However, we do not share our operational plans. We are prepared to respond in the appropriate manner as we have always done in the past. Our primary concern will always be the safety of everyone who works at or visits the Capitol grounds.'
In Michigan, the State Capitol Commission unanimously passed a ban on the open carry of guns in the building on Monday in reaction to the siege in DC last week.
'We continually monitor for security threats and maintain situational awareness of what is happening in Michigan and across the country,' Michigan State Police spokeswoman Shanon Banner said. 'Our security planning is fluid and adjustments are made as needed, from day-to-day.'