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The Justice Department will “not tolerate at all” any attempt to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week, Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen warned Wednesday.
In a video statement, Rosen described the storm of the US Capitol a week ago as “an intolerable, shocking and tragic episode” in US history. The FBI has warned that protests, some possibly violent, could spread across the nation starting Sunday.
The rose promised not to allow any repeat of the destruction next week.
“I want to send a clear message to anyone considering violence, threats of violence or other criminal behavior,” Rosen said. “We will not at all tolerate any attempt to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power on January 20 required by our Constitution.”
Rosen added that federal, state and local law enforcement officials would reject any attempt to forcefully occupy government buildings.
“There will be no excuse for violence, vandalism or other lawlessness,” Rosen said. “We are not saving resources on protecting public safety in the coming days.”
‘Everyone is on high alert’: The State Capitols are preparing for potential armed protests
Burned by President Donald Trump’s refuted allegations of a “stolen” election, a mob had marched last Wednesday from the White House to the Capitol, where rebels occupied the building for hours in a bloody but vicious attempt to stop lawmakers from confirming Biden’s election win. Five people died, including a police officer.
Concerns about more chaos were not enough to prevent some members of Congress from failing a new requirement that they enter the Capitol through metal detectors. Matt Fuller, a Huffington Post reporter, said he saw at least 10 Republican members walk around the detector. Both sides of the case went out on Twitter.
Rep. Lauren Boebert, a Republican from Colorado, claimed she was legally allowed to carry her firearm inside the Capitol complex.
“Metal detectors outside the house would not have stopped the violence we saw last week,” she said, calling the metal detectors “just another political stunt” by House President Nancy Pelosi.
Rep. Debbie Lesko, a Republican from Arizona, complained about “intense security measures” and “wandered like criminals.”
“We now live in Pelosi’s Communist America!” Said Lesko.
Virginia Democrat Don Beyer said he witnessed the rep. Nicholas Van Taylor, a Republican from Texas who refused to pass a metal detector and argued with U.S. police officers in the Capitol. Beyer tweeted that many children across the nation go to school through metal detectors “and they handle it more maturely than members of Congress.”
“Don’t these people understand that everyone else literally has to go through metal meteors to get in here?” Said Beyer. “Get over yourself.”
Regardless of the political quarrel, the Capitol Police, along with a large number of law enforcement agencies ranging from the DC Police Department and its suburbs to the FBI and the Pentagon, say they are committed to keeping the Capitol safe and secure next week.
A phalanx of up to 15,000 National Guard troops will be available. The Pentagon’s senior military leadership on Tuesday branded the insurgency as “uplift and revolt” and warned all its troops to abide by their oaths to protect and defend the constitution.
The memo to all active duty and reserve troops was signed by Army General Mark Milley, the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff, along with seven other senior leaders.
The Pentagon has been asked to review all members of the security details of Biden’s inauguration to make sure they are “not sympathetic to domestic terrorists,” the rep said. Jason Crow, D-Colo.
The FBI reports that pro-Trump protests may develop in all 50 states, also have state law enforcement agencies on high alert. No capital city is attracting more attention than Michigan, where six men were charged last month with conspiracy to kidnap Grytchen Whitmer’s government.
Attorney General Dana Nessel has warned that the State Capitol in Lansing is “not safe”, and a state commission banned open carrying of weapons in the Capitol.
DC, state houses increase security as a possibility of violence weaves
Nevertheless, open carrying of firearms is still permitted outside the Capitol doors, which is relevant to any demonstration on the Capitol grounds.
“This is something that we are closely monitoring and will ensure that the necessary security measures are in place,” said Tiffany Brown, a spokeswoman for Whitmer.
Security issues at the forefront: The Michigan House and Senate are preparing to meet
Lansing Mayor Andy Schor asked Government Gretchen Whitmer to activate the Michigan National Guard, and on Tuesday, state police increased their visibility in and around the Capitol.
A 6-foot high chain fence will go up around the Capitol on Friday, Michigan Capitol Commission Vice President John Truscott said, describing the effort as the one made in the mid-1990s when members of the Ku Klux Klan demonstrated. at the Capitol. The fence will be temporary, but it is not clear when it will come down, he said.
Florida law enforcement on high alert among the state’s Capitol threats
Other states are also preparing In Florida, government Ron DeSantis, who has refused to join Trump’s bipartisan criticism of the Capitol uprising on Tuesday, warned that strengthening law enforcement would be available at the Capitol. He said he did not know of any “targeted” targeting of Tallahassee.
“If something is messy, we will act very quickly,” the governor said. “You do not have to worry about it.”
Contributions: Tom Vanden Brook, USA TODAY, Jeff Burlew, Tallahassee Democrat and Paul Egan, Detroit Free Press
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