“The United States Capitol Police Department is aware of and prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress or towards the Capitol complex,” they said in a statement Wednesday. “We have obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4.”
The Capitol Police said that they “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.”
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) March 3, 2021
Capitol Police said it is working with “local, state and federal partners to stop any threats to the Capitol.”
“We are taking the intelligence seriously,” Capitol Police said in a statement. “Due to the sensitive nature of this information we cannot provide additional details at this time.”
The warning comes as law enforcement agencies around Washington, D.C., are increasing security ahead of March 4.
Sources told Fox News on Wednesday that there is genuine concern surrounding activities on March 4, saying there is “specific stuff” from the “Three Percenters,” a right-wing anti-government militia movement.
But sources told Fox News there is “no increase in hotel occupancy or flights” into DC.
Moreover, there is “less detail” in this threat than in the now infamous Norfolk, Virginia, FBI bulletin the night before the Capitol riot, the sources say.
Meanwhile, other sources told Fox News that Capitol security officials were leaving no stone unturned.
“They put out that statement to make sure nothing happens,” said one source who asked they not be identified.
An additional source off Capitol Hill told Fox News they saw nothing in the regional intelligence to make them worried, but Fox News is told there is concern about a small contingent of insurrectionists coming to the Capitol perimeter.
“All it takes is a van full of people with weapons to mess with the National Guard,” warned one source with familiarity of the Capitol security warning.
The FBI, in a statement to Fox News Wednesday, said: “While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is constantly gathering and sharing intelligence with our law enforcement partners.”
“We are always on alert for any potential threats,” the FBI said.
Earlier this week, in a memo to lawmakers, obtained by Fox News, Acting House Sergeant at Arms Timothy Blodgett on Monday said that officials are continuing to monitor “potential protests and activity surrounding what some have described as the ‘true Inauguration Day.’”
March 4 is the original day on which the U.S. inaugurated presidents.
President Biden took office at noon on Jan. 20, as prescribed by the 20th Amendment, ratified in 1933.
The warning comes less than two months after pro-Trump rioters breached the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, during a joint session of Congress to certify the electoral college results in favor of Biden. The Jan. 6 Capitol riot left five people dead, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
The House voted to impeach Trump on Jan. 13 for inciting insurrection — making him the first president in United States history to be impeached by the House of Representatives twice. Trump was acquitted by the Senate last month.
Meanwhile, after the riot, the Department of Homeland Security issued a National Terrorism Advisory System Bulletin after consulting with the intelligence community and federal law enforcement partners, warning that “there is currently a heightened threat environment across the United States that is likely to persist over the coming weeks.”
The bulletin noted that the agency does not have any information to indicate any “specific” or “credible” plots, but cited violence and unrest across the country related to the presidential transition.
“DHS does not have any information to indicate a specific, credible plot; however, violent riots have continued in recent days and we remain concerned that individuals frustrated with the exercise of governmental authority and the presidential transition, as well as other perceived grievances and ideological causes fueled by false narratives, could continue to mobilize a broad range of ideologically-motivated actors to incite or commit violence,” the bulletin read.