KEY POINTS

  • More than 4,000 armed patriots may surround the Capitol on Jan. 20
  • Authorities are expected to deploy at least 10,000 National Guards
  • The FBI received reports of threats against President-elect Biden

The U.S. Capitol may see more horrific riots on President-elect Joe Biden’s Inauguration Day, as officials warn about an increasing threat, according to members of Congress. 

House Democrats on Monday night held a briefing with the U.S. Capitol Police and other security officers to discuss preparations ahead of Jan. 20.  Pennsylvania Rep. Conor Lamb said they received reports that 4,000 armed demonstrators plan to surround the Capitol to prevent Democrats from entering the complex on Inauguration Day. 

The security officials warned of several plots of violence against lawmakers, according to a few individuals who heard the call. One member went as far as saying that the new threats are "chilling and horrific."

"So this is an organized group that has a plan," Lamb told CNN. "They are committed to doing what they're doing because I think, in their minds, you know, they are patriots and they're talking about 1776, and so this is now a contest of wills."

“We are not negotiating with or reasoning with these people. They have to be prosecuted. They have to be stopped. And, unfortunately, that includes the president. Which is why he needs to be impeached and removed from office,” he added. 

Capitol Police and other officials warned House Democrats of multiple plots to harm lawmakers, according to several people who listened to the call. On Tuesday, senators received their own briefing from representatives of the Secret Service, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security, and a key group of House Democratic chairs separately met with the FBI.

Capitol officials would enforce additional security measures inside the complex, including metal detectors outside the House Chambers. Authorities have also set a new perimeter around the Capitol, White House and downtown D.C., and are expected to increase the number of federal armed forces in the area to at least 10,000 National Guard troops. 

The briefing came after the FBI received information that armed protests may occur across all 50 state capitols starting Saturday through Jan. 20. The agency also warned of an “uprising” if Trump is removed from office before Biden’s inauguration. 

“On 8 January, the FBI received information on an identified group calling for others to join them in 'storming' state, local and federal government courthouses and administrative buildings in the event POTUS is removed as President prior to Inauguration Day,” the FBI bulletin read. 

The FBI said they received reports of threats against President-elect Biden, Vice President Elect Kamala Harris and Speaker Nancy Pelosi. However, Biden said he is not worried despite the growing risk.

“I’m not afraid of taking the oath outside,” he said The assault on the US Capitol also became a superspreader event, say lawmakers The assault on the US Capitol also became a superspreader event, say lawmakers Photo: AFP / Joseph Prezioso