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The House of Representatives canceled its scheduled votes for Thursday after U.S. Capitol Police revealed it has received intelligence reports that indicated ‘a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group’ on March 4.
‘The decision was made that it was possible to finish all of the House’s legislative work for the week tonight,’ said the office of House Democratic Leader Steny Hoyer, on Wednesday. He sets the voting schedule.
The Senate is scheduled to be in session and expected to hold a vote-a-rama: a marathon voting session on a series of amendments to legislation, in this case to President Joe Biden’s COVID relief bill.
This Thursday is predicted by followers of the QAnon conspiracy theory to be the day that Donald Trump will take power again, returning to D.C. to be inaugurated as president once more.
Security is being beefed up around the Capitol ahead of the date and out of fears there could be a situation similar to January 6th – when pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, resulting in five dead and a wake of destruction in the building. Members were forced to flee the House floor as rioters tried to break on to it. Staff hid in locked conference rooms and under desks as rioters rushed through the building.
Capitol Police did not name a specific group in its statement on Wednesday but there is chatter the militia group the Three Percenters is involved – the group were among the rioters accused of breaching the Capitol on January 6 as part of a Make America Great Again mob.
‘We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4,’ USCP said in it statement, which came the same day that officials testified on Capitol Hill about security surrounding the complex.
‘We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public and our police officers,’ they noted.
‘Our Department is working with our local, state, and federal partners to stop any threats to the Capitol. We are taking the intelligence seriously. Due to the sensitive nature of this information we cannot provide additional details at this time.’
Acting USCP Chief Yogananda Pittman said Wednesday in her testimony to House lawmakers that the security posture at the Capitol right now ‘is enhanced.’
And acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett sent a memo to lawmakers and staff asking them to ‘remain vigilant and to report suspicious activity’ headed into Thursday.
March 4 emerged as a new source of hope for QAnon loyalists after the original theory that Trump would win the 2020 election fell apart.
Police sources told Fox 5 that they have now had vacation and days off canceled for the coming week as D.C. prepares to combat the threat posed by the new theory.
Capitol police had announced earlier on Tuesday that they had been made aware of ‘concerning information and intelligence pertaining to March 4th’ and were increasing security as a result.
The statement added that ‘based on the intelligence that we have, the Department has taken immediate steps to enhance our security posture and staffing for a number of days, to include March 4th’.
The Capitol is being guarded by almost 5,000 troops ahead of Thursday and US Capitol Police requested 4,900 National Guard troops remain in the nation’s capital until at least March 12.
For some soldiers, this means it is almost two months since they were first drafted in to the city following the MAGA mob riot on January 6 where Trump supporters broke into the Capitol in a violent riot that left five dead.
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