U.S. Capitol Police officials said Wednesday they have “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4” — the date that some conspiracy theorists believe former President Donald Trump will return to power. Democrats are pushing to keep the military presence around the Capitol indefinitely.
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The intelligence, which an FBI bulletin said could involve the “Three Percenters” group that prosecutors call extremist, is being taken “seriously,” the Capitol Police officials said in a statement posted on Twitter.
“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,” the statement said.
The Capitol complex remains surrounded with temporary fencing topped with razor wire and some 5,000 National Guard troops remain on site and around the city.
The House changed its schedule Wednesday night so that the chamber will no longer be in session on Thursday, given the security concerns, sources told ABC News.
Democrats had planned a Thursday vote on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act of 2021, a massive policing reform bill, but now that vote will take place Wednesday night. The House Sergeant-at-Arms also encouraged staffers to telework through Saturday.
The Senate is still expected to begin debate and votes on the $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief plan on Thursday and hasn’t announced any changes to its schedule.
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman told House lawmakers Wednesday that security around the Capitol complex has been “enhanced” given new concerns about threats to lawmakers and the physical complex over the next few days.
“We are prepared to respond appropriately,” Pittman said, but she declined to get into specifics about the threats, saying she would brief lawmakers in private later in the day.
While there is some talk of troops going home and the barriers that keep patriots out being taken down the Banana Republic of America Capitol Police chief is recommending physical hardening of the Capitol grounds. In other words you will never get USA backpic.twitter.com/7CbizgQagL
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An internal U.S. Capitol Police bulletin distributed Tuesday contains information about a possible militia plot to storm the Capitol on or around March 4, sources told ABC News.
The information in the bulletin is sourced to an FBI intelligence report from late February that describes the alleged plot by the “Three Percenters militia group to use diversionary tactics such as detonating a bomb” to draw law enforcement away from the Capitol prior to an attempt by the group to take over the U.S. Capitol, according to a law enforcement source. The credibility of the information in the bulletin remains unclear.
The bulletin describes the Three Percenters’ alleged goal of having 50,000 members from around the country travel to D.C. on or around March 4 through March 6 and participate in a plan to overrun law enforcement and the National Guard troops at or near the Capitol Complex, the source said.
Federal prosecutors have described Three Percenters in court as a “militia extremist” group “based on the myth that only three percent of American colonists took up arms against the British during the American Revolution,” and that some members “regard the present-day US Government as analogous to the British” during the American Revolution in terms of infringements on civil liberties.
While there are many independent groups that use “Three Percenters” in their name, prosecutors say the term is “representative of a common belief in the notion that a small force with a just cause can overthrow a tyrannical government if armed and prepared.”