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The FBI is warning that armed protests are being planned at state capitols across the country in advance of Inauguration Day.
What are the details?
In a Monday bulletin obtained by ABC News, the federal law enforcement agency stated: “Armed protests are being planned at all 50 state capitols from 16 January through at least 20 January, and at the US Capitol from 17 January through 20 January.”
The news was first reported by ABC News investigative reporter Aaron Katersky, who said that in recent days the FBI has received the information about an undisclosed group calling for the “storming” of state, local and federal government buildings in the event President Trump is removed from office before Jan. 20.
In a follow-up tweet, Katersky noted that the FBI has also “received information about an identified armed group intending to travel to Washington, DC on 16 January.”
“They have warned that if Congress attempts to remove POTUS via the 25th Amendment a huge uprising will occur,” he said, per the bulletin.
Federal law enforcement agencies have reportedly advised state police departments to be on high alert and bolster their security forces at government buildings to guard against potential attacks.
The armed protests are expected to mimic the riot that took place in Washington, D.C., last Wednesday, when pro-Trump agitators breached security perimeters and invaded the U.S. Capitol.
So far, five people have died as a result of the shocking incident, including one Capitol Police officer who was struck in the head during a confrontation with rioters. About 60 officers were injured in the siege, with more than a dozen hospitalized.
On Monday, House Democrats formally introduced a single article of impeachment against President Trump, arguing that he “willfully incited violence against the government” by maintaining the presidential election was fraudulent and rousing supporters to protest its certification.
Just before the storming of the Capitol last Wednesday, Trump delivered a fiery speech to hundreds of thousands of supporters who were gathered in Washington, D.C., in protest of the election results. In the speech, he charged supporters to march over “to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make [their] voices heard,” though he never ordered them to be physically violent. He implied that he would accompany his supporters, but did not do so.
In the wake of the Capitol siege, however, Democrats have placed blame for the violence squarely on Trump’s shoulders and have called for him to be removed from office. Democratic Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (Calif.) even gave the president an ultimatum: Resign immediately or face impeachment.
Now, according to the FBI, some of Trump’s diehard supporters are threatening violence to ensure that doesn’t happen.