FBI bulletin warns of nationwide armed protests: reports

Source: The Hill | January 11, 2021 | Rebecca Klar

The FBI is warning of armed protests at the U.S. Capitol and all 50 state Capitols in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration, according to multiple reports on Monday. 

The FBI has reportedly received information of a group calling for the “storming” of state, local and federal government buildings if efforts are taken to remove President Trump from office before Biden’s inauguration, according to an FBI bulletin first reported by ABC News

House Democrats on Monday introduced an article of impeachment against Trump, charging him with inciting a mob of his supporters to carry out last week’s violent attack on the Capitol; the House will vote on impeachment Wednesday. 

The group is also planning to lay siege to government offices across the nation on Jan. 20, Inauguration Day, according to the reported FBI bulletin. 

“The FBI received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, DC on 16 January,” the bulletin read, according to ABC. “They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment, a huge uprising will occur.”

A spokesperson for the FBI did not confirm the bulletin, but said the agency is supporting state, local and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety. 

“Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity. As we do in the normal course of business, we are gathering information to identify any potential threats,” the agency said in a statement. 

The FBI sent the memo warning about the armed protests to law enforcement agencies across the country, NBC News reported, citing an unnamed senior law enforcement official.

The memo also includes information provided by the ATF, DEA, Defense Department, Park Police and the U.S. Marshals, among other agencies, the official told NBC News. 

The official told NBC News that some of the information came from social media, some from open source and some from other sources of information. 

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