Tensions remain high after last week’s attack of the U.S. Capitol by pro-Trump rioters. The FBI is putting officials on alert about possible violent protests at State houses and government buildings leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
“Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from January 16 through at least January 20, and at the U.S. Capitol from January 17 through January 20,” an internal FBI bulletin reads.
The FBI is also tracking reports of “various threats to harm President-Elect Biden ahead of the presidential inauguration,” the bulletin states. “Additional reports indicate threats against VP-Elect Harris and Speaker Pelosi.”
Washington, DC, Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging Americans to avoid the city during this time. In addition, Bowser asked the president and acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf, who resigned Monday evening, to declare a pre-disaster declaration for the city. Bowser’s request was approved. Other public gatherings in the city may also be cancelled or postponed until January 24.
Speaking at a news conference, Bowser voiced her concerned about more violence at the nation’s capital, saying, “if I’m scared of anything, it’s for our democracy, because we have very extreme factions in our country that are armed and dangerous.”
“Trumpism won’t die on January 20,” Bowser added.
The Secret Service is taking extra precaution as it has begun preparing for the event almost one week ahead of schedule, while the National Guard is set to deploy up to 15,000 troops to quell potential unrest. There is a full rehearsal with troops this week in DC.
In addition, the government held a Continuity of Government Operations, an interagency rehearsal performed to ensure a seamless chain of command in the event someone tries to disrupt the transition of power. As officials warn citizens to keep their distance from the Capitol, many U.S. businesses are breaking financial ties with lawmakers who challenged the 2020 presidential election results.
Ten major companies so far, including AT&T, Hallmark, MasterCard, Marriott, American Express, Airbnb and Comcast, have announced they will halt contributions to some Republican lawmakers. Dozens of companies, including Goldman Sachs, Facebook and Google, are stopping all political donations after last week’s riot. Senior Republicans, who have become heavily reliant on the millions of dollars in campaign contributions, are waiting to see just how long the corporate boycott will last.