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Archive for January 11th, 2021

D.C. Mayor Urges Homeland Security to Take Extra Measures Ahead of Inauguration

By Steve Neavling

Washington D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser is urging the Department of Homeland Security to take extra measures to protect the capital ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. 

In a letter to acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf, Bowser called last week’s insurrection an “unprecedented terrorist attack” and outlined additional steps to secure the area between Jan. 11-24.

“While I will be reaching out to a broad range of local, regional and federal partners to enhance cooperation among our bodies, I strongly urge the United States Department of Homeland Security to adjust its approach to the Inauguration in several specific ways”, Bowser wrote in the letter.

The mayor is calling for steps beyond the ones taken during previous inaugurations. 

“We believe strongly that the 59th Presidential Inauguration on January 20 will require a very different approach than previous inaugurations given the chaos, injury, and death experienced at the United States Capitol during the insurrection,” Bowser wrote.

She also urged the acting attorney general to direct the FBI to “provide an intelligence and threat briefing on a daily basis” during the extended period.

In addition, Bowser is requesting coordination between federal law law enforcement agencies to protect federal buildings so that D.C. police can respond to issues throughout the city that are unrelated to the inauguration. 

The violence led to the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer. 

FBI Tipped Off Capitol Police about Potential for Violence at U.S. Capitol

U.S. Capitol

By Steve Neavling

The FBI warned U.S. Capitol Police about the potential for violence in Washington D.C. on Jan 6 and even visited more than a dozen extremists to encourage them not to attend the planned protest, NBC News reports.

The FBI and NYPD also passed on information to Capitol Police about the risk of violence as lawmakers planned to vote on the Electoral College. 

The report contradicts statements from some several law enforcement officials who claimed there was no evidence that protests would turn violent. 

Steven D’Antuono, head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, said last week that “there was no indication that there was anything (planned) other than First Amendment-protected activity.”

Despite the warnings, Capitol Police were overwhelmed by violent Trump supporters who forced their way into the building. At least five people were killed, including a police officer. 

Now the FBI is asking for the public’s help tracking down rioters.