This is reported by Washington Post, among others. The threat would come from a militia group that believes QAnon’s conspiracy theory that would see Donald Trump return to power on Thursday, March 4, and be sworn in as president again. The group would have wanted to storm the US government building again on Thursday, just as it did earlier this year on January 6 in an attempt to block approval of Joe Biden’s victory in the presidential election.
The date March 4 was not chosen by chance, but the original day on which the new president of the United States was sworn in. In 1933 that date was changed to January 20.
Steny Hoyer, the House Democratic majority leader, informed all delegates of the program change on Wednesday evening. The Senate would just meet on Thursday.
Police and army in action too late
Capitol Police said in a statement they are working with metropolitan police and the FBI to stop any threat. The information about the threat from the militia is taken seriously. Details cannot be given due to its ‘sensitive nature’.
The Capitol was stormed on January 6 by supporters of then-President Donald Trump. About 800 people then entered the Washington parliament building, killing five. In the US, more than 270 people have now been charged in connection with the attack on the parliament building. Trump himself was indicted in impeachment proceedings for instigating an uprising, but not convicted.
After the storm, the Capitol police were accused of taking action too late and of being poorly prepared. Numerous security measures were taken afterwards, including a gate and extra personnel.
The issue was also raised during Senate hearings on Wednesday. Two senior Pentagon officials, the Department of Defense, were criticized for slow action by the National Guard. It concerns then Secretary of Defense ad interim Christopher Miller and Ryan McCarthy, responsible for the army within the then government of ex-President Trump. Several witnesses blamed them for the nearly three-hour delay.
General William Walker, commander of the Washington National Guard, said in parliament that McCarthy had made it clear that a “rapid reaction force” could not turn out in the event of riots without his approval. According to Walker, the army troops were therefore unavailable when the riots were at their height.
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