For many Americans, disbelief was the preeminent emotion that they felt on Wednesday, as a mob of pro-Trump insurrectionists descended upon the US Capitol, overwhelming police and ransacking the building.
When the dust settled, the plot took a sinister turn, as photo and video evidence of the event showed that the crowd wasn’t simply looking to make a blunt and bombastic point, but that they came to the Capitol with some malicious intent. A number of the insurrectionists carried zip ties with them into the Capitol, presumably to take hostages, and a man arrested nearby was found to be in possession of molotov cocktails and firearms.
Now, with only 8 days left until Joe Biden is inaugurated, the FBI is warning that we haven’t seen the last of this sort of trouble.
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.