The fence surrounding the U.S. Capitol is set to return ahead of the pro-Trump rally on Sept. 18, the head of the Capitol Police confirmed on Monday.
“The fence will go up a day or two before, and if everything goes well it will come down very soon after,” Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger told reporters in the Capitol.
The remarks came just moments after Manger, along with the sergeants-at-arms in both chambers, had briefed the top congressional leaders on the intelligence gathered by law enforcers ahead of Saturday’s “Justice for J6” rally at the Capitol, which aims to protest the treatment of the hundreds of people arrested during the Jan. 6 riot.
The briefing arrived just hours after U.S. Capitol Police (USCP) officers arrested a 44-year-old California man for allegedly possessing a bayonet and a machete just outside the Democratic National Committee headquarters, which sits just south of the Capitol building. Both items are illegal in Washington.
The man was driving a truck laden with white supremacist slogans, and said he was “on patrol,” according to the USCP.
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