Donald Trump supporters who launched a lethal assault on the U.S. Capitol final month have indicated they need to “blow up” the constructing and kill members of Congress, the performing chief of the Capitol Police mentioned on Thursday.
Threats counsel extremists might goal the constructing throughout an tackle by President Joe Biden, Acting Chief Yogananda Pittman informed lawmakers as she advocated for continued excessive safety across the constructing. “Members of militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union,” Pittman informed members of the House Appropriations Committee.
“We think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward,” she mentioned.
A date has not been introduced for Biden to ship his State of the Union tackle to Congress, which generally occurs early within the 12 months.
Unprecedented safety measures had been imposed in Washington following the lethal Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol, together with fences topped with razor wire and checkpoints manned by the National Guard.
About 5,000 troops are anticipated to remain by means of mid-March.
Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an try and cease Congress from certifying Democrat Biden’s electoral victory over the Republican president, who falsely claimed the November election had been marred by widespread fraud.
The assault delayed the certification of Biden’s win by a number of hours, as lawmakers had been compelled to flee the mob. Five folks died within the violence, together with a Capitol Police officer.
More than 200 folks have been charged to date for his or her roles within the riot, together with some with ties to far-right fringe teams such because the Oath Keepers and Proud Boys.
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