By: Zachary Lopez (ZachNews):
Source: United States Capitol Police Department (Information):
Washington, District of Columbia: The United States Capitol is on high alert after the United States Capitol Police Department announced that they have obtained intelligence showing a possible plot to breach by “an identified militia group” on Thursday, March 4th, 2021.
Picture: United States Department of Defense Photo by Navy Petty Officer 1st Class Carlos M. Vazquez II (Courtesy):
In the press release on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2021, the United States Capitol Police Department said,”The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex. We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4. We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers. Our Department is working with our local, state, and federal partners to stop any threats to the Capitol. We are taking the intelligence seriously. Due to the sensitive nature of this information, we cannot provide additional details at this time.”
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The press release from the United States Capitol Police Department didn’t identify by name the militia group, but other news outlets are reporting the conspiracy theorist group QAnon believes Donald Trump will return on March 4th for a second term.
The United States House of Representatives has canceled its Thursday session after the U.S. Capitol Police said it is aware of a threat by an identified militia group to breach the Capitol complex that day.
Reports that the United States Senate plans to remain in session on Thursday to debate amendments to the COVID-19 relief bill.
Meanwhile, officials with the United States Capitol Police Department have requested that members of the National Guard continue to provide security at the U.S. Capitol for another two months.
Defense officials confirmed that the request is under review at the Pentagon, and that the National Guard has started checking states for availability of their troops, in an effort to be prepared if final Defense Department approval is given.
The more than 5,000 members of the National Guard are currently in Washington, D.C., and are all slated to go home on March 12, ending the mission.
Officials with the United States Capitol Police Department have also told congressional leaders the razor-wire topped fencing around the United States Capitol should remain in place for several more months.
More information is still coming into ZachNews.