Police uncover 'possible plot' by militia to breach Capitol

Clay Curtis
March 4, 2021

The threat comes almost two months after thousands of supporters of then-president Donald Trump stormed the US Capitol in a violent insurrection as Congress was voting to certify Joe Biden's electoral win.

The revelation was detailed in a statement from the Capitol Police.

Chris Rodriguez, director of D.C.'s Homeland Security and Emergency Management Agency, told the D.C. Council on Wednesday afternoon that Mayor Muriel E. Bowser (D), acting police chief Robert J. Contee III and acting fire chief John Donnelly had been discussing what to expect.

Information provided by the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the Department of Homeland Security warned of increased chatter among extremists, including members of the Three Percenters extremist group, discussing possible plots against the Capitol on March 4, a date that conspiracy theorists have focused on, according to sources familiar with the matter.

The hearing comes as thousands of National Guard troops are still patrolling the fenced-in Capitol and as multiple committees across Congress are launching investigations into mistakes made on January 6.

Since Jan. 6, National Guard troops have been dispatched to the Capitol grounds and tall fencing has been erected to extend the security perimeter of the Capitol. The probes are largely focused on security missteps and the origins of the extremism that led hundreds of Trump supporters to break through the doors and windows of the Capitol, hunt for lawmakers and temporarily stop the counting of electoral votes. "And I don't know to what degree that's being done right now". Five people including a police officer died in the riot. Separately, a Texas teenager reported on his Three Percenter father over the latter's plans to take part in the 6 January riot despite the dad's threats to shoot him if he did so.

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National security officials faced questions on Wednesday before a joint hearing of the Senate Homeland Security Committee and the Senate Rules Committee, the second hearing this week examining the January 6 assault on the Capitol, as lawmakers look to drill down on lapses in intelligence sharing and the delayed security response to the attack.

Lawmakers were expected to be briefed later Wednesday by Capitol Police leadership in a closed session. Senior leaders of the Michigan National Guard will remain personally engaged with this issue and will continue to push for accountability and a solution to the ill-prepared meals being served.

"Additionally, the National Guard continues to maintain a presence on Capitol grounds to support the USCP with maintaining an increased security posture", Blodgett added. "The Department has communicated our enhanced posture as well as the available intelligence for the entire workforce", the statement said.

In her testimony to the House panel, acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said her investigators had collected "concerning intelligence" but declined to provide any details publicly, saying that it was "law enforcement sensitive" and that she would provide a private briefing for the subcommittee members.

Though the information was raw and unverified and appeared aspirational in nature, Wray said, it was specific and concerning enough that "the smartest thing to do, the most prudent thing to do, was just push it to the people who needed to get it".

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