Late Monday, members of Congress were briefed on a series of new threats against lawmakers and the US Capitol ahead of President-Elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, Pennsylvania Democratic Rep. Conor Lamb said Tuesday.
The briefing, which comes after the FBI has received information indicating “armed protests” are being planned at all 50 state capitols and in Washington, DC, is yet another sign that law enforcement agencies are becoming increasingly concerned.
A DHS official said a briefing happened with the Hill yesterday with DHS, Secret Service and FBI. This person wasn’t involved in the briefing but had been told about it.
Two Democratic lawmakers who participated in the briefing said that they were walked through scenarios on a call and officers were sober about the threats, the effort was made to emphasize how different security is right now.
“They are very strong when we are weak. That is when the mob psychology takes hold and they are emboldened, but when met with actual determined force, I think a lot of these fantasy world beliefs about what will happen when they come to Washington will melt away,” one of the members said.