FBI warns of armed protests across US ahead of Biden’s inauguration
The FBI has warned of armed protests being planned for Washington, DC, and all 50 U.S. state capitals during the inauguration of incoming President Joe Biden next week.
The FBI issued the warning after supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump’s threatened more violence following last Wednesday’s storming of the U.S. Capitol.
The assault on the Capitol, challenging the certification of Biden’s election victory, sent lawmakers into hiding and left five people dead, including a Capitol Police officer.
Dozens of people have been charged in the violence and hundreds of more cases are expected.
The assault occurred shortly after Trump urged supporters to march on the Capitol during a rally where he repeated false claims his resounding defeat in November’s election was illegitimate.
Democrats in the House of Representatives plan to introduce
misconduct charges on Monday that could lead to a second impeachment of Trump,
two sources familiar with the matter said.
In other steps to safeguard the U.S. capital during the inauguration, the National Guard will deploy about 10,000 troops in Washington by Saturday to help provide security, logistics and communications.
Trump, who has sought unsuccessfully to reverse his election loss with claims of widespread fraud and lawsuits, said last week he would not attend the Biden’s inauguration, a decision that was welcomed by Biden.