Police warn of threat to U.S. Capitol

Authorities are investigating whether plotters planned to breach the U.S. Capitol today, two months after another mob stormed the building. March 4 has been cited by some as the date former President Trump would return to office.


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March 4, 2021 - 9:40 AM

A pro-Donald Trump mob storms the U.S. Capitol following a rally with President Trump on Jan. 6. Photo by Samuel Corum / Getty Images / TNS

WASHINGTON (AP) — Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the U.S. Capitol on Thursday, nearly two months after a mob of supporters of then-President Donald Trump stormed the iconic building to try to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory.

The threat appears to be connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, mainly promoted by supporters of QAnon, that Trump will rise again to power on March 4. That was the original presidential inauguration day until 1933, when it was moved to Jan. 20. 

Online chatter identified by authorities included discussions among members of the Three Percenters, an anti-government militia group, concerning possible plots against the Capitol on Thursday, according to two law enforcement officials who were not authorized to speak publicly and spoke on condition of anonymity. Members of the Three Percenters were among the extremists who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. 

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