Federal Bureau of Investigation tracking ‘extensive’ online chatter about armed protests ahead of Biden inauguration

Federal Bureau of Investigation tracking ‘extensive’ online chatter about armed protests ahead of Biden inauguration

Jon Bon Jovi, Demi Lovato, Justin Timberlake will headline a TV special for the Biden-Harris inauguration on January 20th, hosted by Tom Hanks.

Separately, it has emerged the Federal Bureau of Investigation and Department of Homeland Security did not do a formal threat assessment prior to the riots despite having warned law enforcement agencies about the potential for extremist-driven violence.

FBI Director Christopher Wray said on Thursday that more than 100 arrests had been made in connection to the January 6 takeover of the U.S. Capitol by a Trump-supporting mob.

The number of National Guard troops in Washington may ultimately stretch beyond 20,000; the figure has been rapidly climbing in recent days as intelligence officials monitoring pro-Trump groups online have grown increasingly anxious that militant, far-right organizations have plans for violent protests in Washington.

Political figures boosted their own personal security.

As a result, the U.S. House of Representatives charged President Trump with inciting an insurrection and voted to impeach him, becoming the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

A dire bulletin issued by the National Counterterrorism Center and the Justice and Homeland Security Departments on Wednesday warned of threats from armed militia groups and racist extremists.

"I suspect that nearly everybody at the FBI is working to try and track down the facts and lock people up", former FBI Director James Comey told MSNBC on Thursday evening.

Another man was arrested with four guns and 11 Molotov cocktails in his truck.

Last week, Trump supporters besieged the US Capitol, killing five people, including a law enforcement officer who was beaten to death, and causing widespread damage and vandalism while failing to disrupt the certification of the election results.

On Tuesday, police in Chicago arrested a man who weeks ago phoned in threats against Biden.

Workers board up the buildings near the White House prior to the presidential inauguration in Washington, Jan 14, 2021.

Downtown hotels were closing their doors, and Airbnb has canceled reservations in the days around the event.

Across Washington, but particularly around the Capitol, the National Mall and some nearby federal buildings, security has increased considerably, with nonscalable walls and metal gates erected, streets closed and a new contingent of National Guard troops camped out at the Capitol.

The event was already going to be pared down because of COVID-19; Biden had asked supporters to say home and watch from afar.

"The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights".

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