FBI issued warning about armed protests planned for all 50 states and the U.S. Capitol starting Jan. 16. An internal FBI bulletin said: “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. This identified group is also planning to ‘storm’ government offices including in the District of Columbia and in every state, regardless of whether the states certified electoral votes for Biden or Trump, on 20 January. ”Police chiefs across the U.S. were warned to be prepared on high alert for extremist activity. In the call with police chiefs, Christopher Wray, the F.B.I. director, and Kenneth Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, warned about potential attacks on state capitols, federal buildings, the homes of congressional members and businesses.
In Washington, Chief Robert J. Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department said on Wednesday that he expects more than 20,000 members of the National Guard in the Washington region on Inauguration Day. Defense Department officials met with Washington authorities on Wednesday to work on plans to try to ensure there is not a repeat of last week’s violent breach.