According to an internal FBI bulletin received by ABC News, the US may hold more armed protests around the country at the inauguration of Joe Biden for the presidential election next week. The Bulletin has also warned that another armed protest may take place in the US Capitol, which was attacked by supporters of President Donald Trump last week.
ABC News correspondent Aaron Katarsky said, “Armed protests are being planned in all 50 state capitals from January 16 to at least January 20, and in the US Capitol from January 17.” Tweeted About the FBI Bulletin on Monday.
The FBI stated that while it is standard practice not to comment on the current investigation, it can say that it “supports our state, local and federal law enforcement partners that we serve.”
“Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating and obstructing individuals who are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity,” the FBI told CNET in an email statement. “We are gathering information to identify any potential threats … Our focus is not on peaceful protesters, but on the safety and security of other citizens with violence and destruction of property.”
On a private call between officials and House Democrats, HuffPost reported on Monday that the Capitol Police briefed lawmakers about possible upcoming demonstrations.
Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel tweeted Tuesday her concerns, saying the state’s capitol “is not safe.”
Twitter, which permanently banned Trump’s account last week, said Plans for future protests were circulating and closing on Twitter. The social media site specifically referred to the proposed secondary attacks on the US Capitol and state Capitol buildings on 17 January.
Social media companies have clamped down on Trump after a crowd of his supporters entered the Capitol on January 6, killing five people and forcing legislators to flee as they were in the midst of authenticating the results of the 2020 election Were. In addition to the Twitter ban, Facebook blocked Trump indefinitely. Since the fatal attack, lawmakers have demanded Trump’s removal from officeOr voluntary resignation.