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FBI says it has received information indicating "armed protests" are planned at all 50 state capitols

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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The FBI has received information indicating “armed protests” are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol in Washington, DC, in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, according to an internal bulletin obtained by CNN.

The FBI has received information indicating “armed protests” are being planned at all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol in Washington, DC, in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20, according to an internal bulletin obtained by CNN.

The bulletin, which emerged after rioters stormed the US Capitol last week, also suggests there are threats of an “uprising” if President Trump is removed via the 25th Amendment before Inauguration Day. Additionally, the FBI is tracking reports of “various threats to harm President-Elect Biden ahead of the presidential inauguration,” the bulletin states.

Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Monday said he has instructed the US Secret Service to begin the National Special Security Event operations for President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration effective, Jan. 13 instead of Jan. 19.

Google told CNN it is reassessing its political donations in the aftermath of last week's Capitol riots.

Steven Sund, the now former head of the US Capitol Police, said he asked for help on the day pro-Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, and was told that putting National Guard troops in front of the building in response to the mayhem was more about optics than it was about keeping the grounds safe.

Piatt, director of the Army Staff, said on the call that he could not recommend that Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy approve the request because he didn’t “like the visual of the National Guard standing a police line with the Capitol in the background. ” A DC official gave CNN a similar description of the comments.

In a statement to CNN, Piatt said: “As soon as Sec. McCarthy received the request for assistance on the phone call at 2:22 p. m. , he ran to the Secretary of Defense’s office to request approval to assist the Capitol Police.

Sund said he wanted the Army to get the National Guard to the Capitol, “as quickly as possible. ”

“I’m responsible and I really feel bad that I saw the my men and women of the Capitol police go through what they went through,” Sund said.

White House counsel Pat Cipollone and former Attorney General William Barr have warned President Trump that they do not believe he should pardon himself, multiple sources familiar with the matter tell CNN.

White House officials are also contemplating how the federal investigation into the insurrection impacts other pardons Trump has discussed, such as for his personal attorney Rudy Giuliani who called for "trial for combat" at Wednesday’s rally before the Capitol was stormed.

Additional pardons are expected from the White House before Trump leaves office next week.

Barr believes a 1974 Justice Department legal memo finding that the President cannot pardon himself should stand, and that Cipollone has not asked the Justice Department Office of Legal Counsel for a re-examination of the issue, according to two sources.

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