Tuesday, January 12, 2021

FBI warns of planned armed protests next week in all 50 US state capitals and DC

Armed civilians stand on the steps of the Michigan state capitol building after a rally in support of US President Donald Trump in Lansing, Michigan, January 6, 2021. (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)

AP — The FBI is warning of plans for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, DC, in the days leading up to US President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, stoking fears of more bloodshed after last week’s deadly siege at the US Capitol.

An internal FBI bulletin warned, as of Sunday, that the nationwide protests may start later this week and extend through Biden’s January 20 inauguration, according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo to The Associated Press. Investigators believe some of the people are members of extremist groups, the officials said. The bulletin was first reported by ABC.

“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” the bulletin said, according to one official. The officials were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke to the AP on condition of anonymity.

The bulletin warns of plans for the “storming” of government buildings, and “threats of ‘uprising’ if President Trump is removed before inauguration,” CNN reported.

It also cites “threats against President-elect Biden, VP-elect Harris and House Speaker Pelosi.”

The FBI issued at least one other bulletin — they go out to law enforcement nationwide on the topic — before the riots last week. On December 29, it warned of the potential for armed demonstrators targeting legislatures, the second official said.

Army General Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters Monday that the Guard is also looking at any issues across the country.

“We’re keeping a look across the entire country to make sure that we’re monitoring, and that our Guards in every state are in close coordination with their local law enforcement agencies to provide any support requested,” he said. READ MORE