The FBI is concerned about threats that go far beyond last week’s violent occupation of the U.S. Capitol.
“Starting this week and running through at least Inauguration Day, armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols and at the U.S. Capitol,” ABC News reports, citing an internal FBI bulletin it obtained.
“The FBI has also received information in recent days on a group calling for ‘storming’ state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event President Donald Trump is removed from office prior to Inauguration Day,” the network says.
Plus, the FBI believes, “an identified armed group” is also planning to attack government offices in every state on Jan. 20, the day President-elect Joe Biden will be inaugurated, “regardless of whether the states certified electoral votes for Biden or Trump,” ABC says.
“Biden’s inaugural committee said on Monday the theme of the [inauguration] ceremony will be ‘America United,’ even as the country grapples with the fallout of last Wednesday’s storming of the Capitol by Trump loyalists,” Reuters reports.
The nationwide armed protests “may start later this week and extend through” the inauguration, “according to two law enforcement officials who read details of the memo” to the Associated Press.
Army Gen. Daniel Hokanson, chief of the National Guard Bureau, told reporters Monday that the Guard is also looking at any issues across the country.
“We’re keeping a look across the entire country to make sure that we’re monitoring, and that our Guards in every state are in close coordination with their local law enforcement agencies to provide any support requested,” Hokanson said.