Law enforcement agencies are preparing for a potential repeat of the violent and destructive storming of the U.S. Capitol building that occurred on Jan. 6.
That potential uprising isn’t confined to just the Capitol, however, but the capitol buildings of all 50 states, according to the FBI. At least one possible uprising appears to be contingent upon whether attempts are made to remove President Donald Trump from office prior to Inauguration Day, the Washington Examiner reported.
Those warnings reportedly came from an internal FBI bulletin circulated among law enforcement agencies across the nation that was obtained by the media. The document raised the alarm about potential plans for armed protests in Washington, D.C. and all 50 state capitals that could take place in the days before and after the Inauguration Day ceremony.
Efforts to remove Trump
According to ABC News, the FBI bulletin warned of at least one known group that was allegedly planning to take action in D.C. if attempts were made to oust Trump from the White House by way of the 25th Amendment, something that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and many other Democrats have demanded.
“The FBI received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, DC on 16 January,” the bulletin read, ABC reported. “They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur.”
On Monday, Congress indeed tried to push through a resolution calling on Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to invoke the 25th Amendment to immediately remove Trump from office. In addition to the fact that Pence said he would not invoke the amendment even if the resolution passed, the effort was blocked, shifting Democrats’ attention to new articles of impeachment that call for Trump’s removal.
According to The Associated Press, the FBI also warned more broadly about the potential of armed uprisings in state capitals timed to coincide with the run-up to Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.
“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the U.S. Capitol from 17 January through 20 January,” the FBI bulletin read, according to the AP.
National Guard on notice
In addition to state and local law enforcement being notified, the National Guard is on alert and prepared to lend assistance to those agencies if necessary.
“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,” chief of the National Guard Bureau, U.S. Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, told the media.
A spokesperson for the FBI told the Examiner that while the specific threats warned about in the bulletin couldn’t be detailed, the bureau was “supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve.”
“As we do in the normal course of business, we are gathering information to identify any potential threats and are sharing that information with our partners,” the spokesperson added. “The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Our focus is not on peaceful protesters, but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property