“We have witnessed acts inside the Capitol building that were incompatible with the rule of law. The rights to freedom of expression and assembly give no right to resort to violence, revolt and revolt,” the statement, released Tuesday and signed by America’s Elder General Mark Milley and the entire Joint Chiefs of Staff, consisting of the leaders of each military branch.
The extraordinary statement underscores the extent of the challenge and the depth of insecurity and concern in Washington, where officials across the U.S. security establishment are struggling to tackle the aftermath of the chaos at the Capitol and around the country as all 50 states are preparing for possible violence.
At the same time, federal officials are deciding how best to protect lawmakers in the home of American democracy as more information emerges about Trump supporters̵
As Washington is aware of every possibility, officials there revealed security efforts ranging from immediate and concrete steps by the US Capitol Police announcing road closures around the Capitol that last indefinitely, to a massive forensic effort by the Department of Justice to reconstruct the events of January 6 and the perpetrators of crimes committed that day.
Federal investigators told reporters Tuesday that the extent and extent of the far-reaching probe is unprecedented in the history of the FBI and the Department of Justice and creates an image of the uprising that will “shock” people. This work is unfolding, although investigators say they are also focused on preventing future attacks.
Capitol Police set up metal detectors outside the floor of the house from Tuesday afternoon, and all members of the house, staff and helpers will have to review them, an assistant and a U.S. Capitol Police source told CNN.
Van Hollen told CNN that he is “convinced” that “everyone will be fully prepared” and that the security arrangements put in place for the event constitute “an all-of-government approach. They throw everything we has to ensure that we have a successful inauguration at that point. ”
Government officials from across the government were scheduled to meet for a major “bureaucracy” between meetings Tuesday afternoon to discuss in-depth security requirements for the inauguration and concerns that some events in Washington, DC, could become violent, several senior defense officials told CNN.
The joint commander’s statement on Tuesday, reminding troops of their obligation to defend the constitution, is a disturbing indication of their concern – the leaders are seeking, where possible, to avoid taking positions that may have political overtones. But military leaders felt it was important to make a statement given the seriousness of the events surrounding the inauguration, CNN was told.
“As service members, we must incorporate the nation’s values and ideals. We support and defend the Constitution. Any action to disrupt the constitutional process is not only against our traditions, values and oaths; it is against the law,” the statement said.
The statement referred to the certification of the election of Congress and said: “Elected President Biden will be inaugurated and become our 46th Commander-in-Chief.”
‘No place for extremism’
The statement comes as the military has launched an attempt to investigate whether some in the military ranks may be sympathetic to the goals and extremist beliefs propagated by some Trump supporters.
CNN has learned that the U.S. Army is working with Secret Service to determine if there are soldiers who will be part of the National Guard contingent providing security at Biden’s inauguration that require further background screening.
The DC National Guard also offers additional training to service members when they arrive in Washington to emphasize that if they see or hear anything that is not appropriate, they must report it to their chain of command, an Army spokesman said in a written statement to CNN.
“There is no place for extremism in the military and we will examine each report individually and take appropriate action,” the spokesman said.
The current policy of the Department of Defense requires that all service members be trained annually under a program that requires department staff to report “any information about known or suspected extremist behavior that could be a threat to the department or the United States,” it said.
FBI and Justice Department officials compared their January 6 investigation with terrorism probes.
“People are shocked by some of the gruesome contact that took place in the Capitol,” Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said at a news conference Tuesday in a reference to attackers by insurgents on federal and DC police officers.
“So the picture needs to build up. I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what was happening within the Capitol and it’s going to come into laser focus, I think over the next few weeks and days,” he added.
“The FBI is quite familiar with extensive, complex investigations … we are aware of the challenge,” said FBI Washington DC Field Assistant Director Steven D’Antuono.
Sherwin reiterated this point and told reporters: “The scope and scope of this investigation into these cases is truly unprecedented, not only in the history of the FBI, but probably in the history of the DOJ as well.”
“The Capitol grounds outside and inside are essentially a crime scene,” he said. “It will not be resolved in the coming months,” he added. Sherwin said he has given his prosecutors “marching orders” to pursue significant cases of insurgency and conspiracy related to the insurgency.
This story has been updated with further reporting.
CNN’s Jake Tapper, Daniella Diaz, Manu Raju, Ryan Nobles, Evan Perez, Shimon Prokupecz and Zachary Cohen contributed to this report.