WASHINGTON, D.C. — The FBI is warning about plans for armed protesters to show up at state capitols across the country and again in Washington, D.C.
It’s leading to concerns about more violence ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration.
There are warnings about thousands of armed protesters planning to surround the U.S. Capitol.
Members of Congress said they were told law enforcement believes the threats are credible and is taking them seriously.
Reports indicate an internal FBI bulletin is warning that nationwide protests may start later this week and last through Inauguration Day on Jan. 20.
J.J. Klaver is a retired FBI supervisory special agent.
“We’re going to see a dramatically increased security presence, not just in Washington, D.C., for the inauguration, which we would expect, but I think at all 50 state houses across the country,” Klaver said.
Pennsylvania Congressman Conor Lamb, a Democrat, was one of the lawmakers briefed on the threat to the Capitol.
“We’re in the midst of an ongoing series of crimes and ongoing threat to the United States Capitol, to our institutions, to communities all around the United States,” Lamb told CNN.
Security at the Capitol has been ramped up since last week’s deadly violence.
Thousands of National Guard troops and state troopers were called to assist.
A 7-foot, non-scalable fence now stands around the perimeter of the Capitol.
Officials have asked the public to watch the inauguration virtually in an effort to limit the turnout and to keep the crowds under control.