FBI director Chris Ray said on Thursday that the bureau is looking at “an extensive amount of money related to online chatter” about possible incidents of violence next week, around the inauguration of the presidential election. Joe BidenJoe Bidenkton: The Senate lacks the authority to impeach, when Trump calls office Marjorie Taylor Green, he will present impeachment articles against the resignation of Biden ICE’s executive director after much time in office..
“Right now, we’re tracking calls for potential armed protests and activity leading up to the inauguration,” Ray said at a briefing with Vice President Pence at the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) headquarters in Washington, DC.
“And the reason I use the word ability is because one of the real challenges in this space is trying to distinguish what is aspirational versus what is intentional,” Ray continued. “We are concerned about the possibility of violence in several protests and rallies in DC and state capital buildings across the country in the coming days that may bring armed individuals closer to government buildings and authorities in the coming days.”
Ray’s comments come after the January 6 riots in the US Capitol, where Trump supporters stormed the building, while holding a joint session of Congress to certify the electoral votes confirming Biden as the next president having had. Many were injured in the devastation, and many died, including a Capitol police officer.
PEM opened Thursday at FEMA with assurances from the public that Biden’s inauguration would be safe, despite growing security concerns following the capital riots. Pence is expected to attend the swearing-in ceremony, but President TrumpDonald Trumpcutton: The Senate lacks authority for impeachment litigation, with Marjorie Taylor Green, once in Trump’s office, stating that she will present articles of impeachment against Biden ICE’s executive director, weeks after assuming office., Who for months falsely claimed among his supporters that the election was stolen, would not be in attendance.
“We all passed through that day of January 6,” Pence said. “And as the president made clear yesterday, we are committed to an orderly transition, and to a safe inauguration, and the American people deserve nothing less.”
His transition team said that the FBI and Secret Service briefed Biden on possible security threats to the inauguration. Earlier this week, lawmakers were briefed on four armed threats targeting the Capitol, the White House and the Supreme Court. One Democrat described it as “the most chilling hour imaginable”.
Officials expressed confidence in their ability to secure Wednesday’s opening at Thursday’s briefing. Since the riots, fences have been erected around the Capitol Building and the Supreme Court, and members of the National Guard have been stationed in the Capitol.
Secret Service director James Murray told Pence that his agency and its partners had been planning the opening for more than nine months.
“We are highly confident in our security plan, but we are always broad and calm in terms of capitalizing on the lessons learned,” Murray said, reflecting last week’s breech at the Capitol.
The opening of Biden was expected in view of the already ongoing coronavirus epidemic. Biden has said that he will still be sworn in for a position outside the Capitol building despite the latest security concerns, although he has scrapped earlier plans to arrive in Washington DC via Amtrak.
Trump, who is expected to leave Florida a day before his inauguration, was impeached on Wednesday on charges of inciting violence against the government. The lawmakers cited his false claims about the election, as well as his remarks to supporters on the day of the riots in which they urged him to move to the Capitol and fight the certification process.
The president issued a lengthy video message a week after the scuffle, in which violence was teased and a call for national unity, though he still has not accepted that Biden won the election impartially.