An inside FBI memo is warning of plans for armed protests in all 50 state capital cities forward of President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration, Fox News has discovered.
A federal legislation enforcement supply advised Fox News that an inside bureau memo is warning that the protests may very well be earlier than, on, and after Inauguration Day.
The memo comes as Fox News has discovered the FBI has obtained greater than “40,000 digital media tips, including video and photos, from the public” relating to members in final week’s Capitol riot.
Sources advised Fox News on Sunday that the FBI visited extremists previous to the Jan. 6 pro-Trump rally and Capitol riot, urging them to not journey to Washington D.C.
It is unclear, at this level, what number of extremists had been contacted and the way far upfront of Jan. 6.
Pro-Trump protesters stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6, sending Congress into recess and the Capitol constructing into lockdown as members tried to certify the outcomes of the presidential election in favor of President-elect Joe Biden.
The president spoke earlier within the day in Washington at a rally to supporters, who later marched to the Capitol. He additional pressured Vice President Mike Pence to behave on his personal to decertify the outcomes of the election and ship them again to the states for recertification.
Pence, earlier than the joint session of Congress started, stated he didn’t imagine, underneath the Constitution, that he had the authority to “unilaterally” settle for or reject electoral votes.
As members of the House and Senate debated and raised objections to sure electoral votes, each chambers had been pressured to recess and evacuate their chambers as protesters stormed the Capitol, sending it into lockdown for hours.
Washington police stated the riot on the Capitol resulted in 5 deaths — together with a Capitol Police officer and a lady who was shot contained in the constructing — and not less than 70 arrests.
The Justice Department has charged greater than a dozen folks concerned within the riots and dozens extra have been charged in Superior Court in Washington D.C. with illegal entry, curfew violations and firearms-related crimes.
Last month, President Trump promised supporters a “wild” protest in D.C. on Jan. 6.
Despite warnings about pro-Trump demonstrations in Washington, Capitol Police didn’t plan to bolster staffing and didn’t anticipate that the demonstration would escalate into an enormous violent riot, based on folks briefed on legislation enforcement’s response.
The Capitol Police’s response has drawn condemnation from lawmakers and prompted the ouster of the division’s chief and the sergeants-at-arms of each the House and Senate.
Meanwhile, the now-former U.S. Capitol Police chief Steven Sund reportedly requested his supervisors forward of time for permission to request that the D.C. National Guard be on standby if the scenario spiraled uncontrolled – however was denied.
Fox News‘ Stephanie Pagones and The Associated Press contributed to this report.