Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said Wednesday that lawmakers will be briefed in the coming days about security plans for the Capitol during a rally later this month in support of people charged with crimes related to the Jan. 6 insurrection and maintained that “we intend to have the integrity of the Capitol be intact.”
Pelosi said that “there are some briefings going on at the appropriate level” with the House Administration Committee, which will be followed by additional ones for other members of Congress ahead of the Sept. 18 “Justice for J6” rally, when people demonstrating against those arrested for invading the Capitol are set to gather.
When asked if there are plans to reinstall a fence around the Capitol complex, which came down this spring, Pelosi said: “Not necessarily.”
“What happened on Jan. 6 was such an assault on this beautiful Capitol,” Pelosi told reporters in the Capitol. “And now these people are coming back to praise the people who were out to kill. Out to kill members of Congress, successfully causing the deaths — successfully is not the word, but that’s the word, because it’s what they set out to do — of our law enforcement.”
The Hill reported on Tuesday that the Capitol Police are planning to present a security plan this week to the Capitol Police Board, which oversees its activities. The Metropolitan Police Department is also planning an “increased presence around the city,” according to a spokesperson.
The Sept. 18 rally in support of the more than 570 people charged with crimes related to the attack on the Capitol is being organized by a group called Look Ahead America, which is led by a former Trump campaign official. The event is not expected to draw as many people as on Jan. 6, but some members of the same right-wing extremist groups that were at the Capitol on the day of the insurrection may also be in attendance on Sept. 18.
Matt Braynard, the executive director of the group organizing the Sept. 18 rally, has urged attendees to “be respectful and kind to all law enforcement officers” and advised only bringing signs or clothing focused on “demanding justice for these political prisoners.”
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