National Guardsmen walk the grounds of the U.S. Capitol on the third day of U.S President Donald Trump’s second impeachment trial in Washington, U.S., February 11, 2021.
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The U.S. Capitol Police Department said Wednesday that it has obtained intelligence showing a “possible plot to breach the Capitol” on Thursday “by an unidentified militia group.”
“We are taking this intelligence seriously,” Capitol police said in a press release, which also said that authorities are prepared for potential violence.
“Due to the sensitive nature of this information we cannot provide additional details at this time.”
The disclosure of the possible threat comes two months after the Jan. 6 Capitol riot, when thousands of supporters of then-President Donald Trump invaded the halls of Congress and disrupted the confirmation of President Joe Biden’s election.
Five people died in connection with that attack.
Capitol Police said in their statement Wednesday that they are “aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex.”
“We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers,” police said in their statement.
“Our Department is working with our local, state, and federal partners to stop any threats to the Capitol.”
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