US Capitol police warn of possible militia plot to breach Congress

US Capitol police warn of possible militia plot to breach Congress
The US Capitol Police said "we are taking the intelligence seriously". Source: EPA
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Daily US Times: Security has been tightened up at the US Capitol building in response to “a possible plot to breach” the building on Thursday, Capitol police say.

A statement from the Capitol police said the move was prompted by intelligence about threats made by a militia group.

Capitol police force said it was “prepared for any potential threats towards members of Congress”.

The House of Representatives closed Thursday’s session after the threat was revealed.

However the Senate, which also in the Capitol, plans to go ahead with a debate on President Joe Biden’s $1.9 trillion coronavirus relief bill.

The US Capitol Police said in a statement: “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,” the statement added.

The threat comes two months after hundreds of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol building in January while elected lawmakers were inside moving to certify Joe Biden’s election victory.

The riot saw five people including a Capitol police officer killed and shook the foundations of American democracy.

The US Justice Department has charged more than 300 people with participation in the riot. Those arrested include members of the right-wing militia groups the Three Percenters and the Oath Keepers.

Democrats said the attack amounted to an insurrection and led an impeachment of Donald Trump for allegedly inciting the mob and violence, making him the first president in US history to be impeached twice.

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