Washington mayor asks for increased security around Biden's inauguration

Clay Curtis
January 12, 2021

Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y. said she believes that a second impeachment of President Donald Trump should be scheduled and in a separate interview on ABC's "This Week", Illinois Republican Rep. Adam Kinzinger called for the president to resign or be removed by the 25th Amendment.

The FBI on Monday warned law enforcement agencies across the United States that armed protests by Boogaloo Boys and other far-right groups are possible at state Capitols throughout the nation starting later this week, and that an unnamed militant group is planning a "huge uprising" if President Donald Trump is removed from office for inciting last week's deadly mob invasion of the U.S. Capitol.

The warnings come as violence around President Trump's attempts to overturn the results of the 2020 election is expected to continue, following the deadly attack on the U.S. Capitol on January 6.

In other steps to safeguard the USA capital, the National Guard was authorised to send up to 15,000 troops to Washington, and tourists were barred from visiting the Washington Monument until January 24.

Meanwhile, the National Guard has plans to have up to 15,000 National Guard troops to meet current and future requests for the inauguration, Gen. Daniel Hokanson, the chief of the National Guard Bureau, said Monday.

"I'm not afraid of taking the oath outside", Mr Biden told reporters in Newark, Delaware, referring to the traditional setting for the swearing-in ceremony on the Capitol building grounds.

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Joe Manchin, a Democrat from West Virginia, among those who initially greeted the idea skeptically. As of January 7, the Internal Revenue Service had sent about $ 129 billion in payments of $ 600.

The Park Service said it would suspend tours of the Washington Monument, an obelisk honoring the country's first president, through January 24 due to safety concerns from threats to disrupt the inauguration.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called for the U.S. Interior Department to cancel public-gathering permits through January 24.

Additionally, the same group is said to be making plans to "storm" government offices across every U.S. state on Inauguration Day.

"Trumpism won't die on January 20", said Bowser, who has asked Trump and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to declare a pre-disaster declaration for DC.

In Wisconsin, a swing state where Trump alleged election fraud, Governor Tony Evers authorised the Wisconsin National Guard to support the state's Capitol Police.

Despite evidence of a fair election, Trump has challenged the validity of Biden's substantial electoral victory.

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