The FBI has warned armed protests are being planned for Washington, D.C., and in 50 U.S. state capital cities ahead of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden‘s Jan. 20 inauguration.
ABC News reported on Monday that it had obtained an internal bulletin from the nation’s top law enforcement agency, which detailed calls for the “storming” of state and local federal courthouses and buildings if Trump is removed from power before Inauguration Day.
A federal law enforcement source confirmed the plans for protests to Reuters on Monday as well.
An identified armed group has said it plans to travel to Washington on Jan. 16 and vowed “a huge uprising” if attempts are made to remove Trump from office, said the ABC News reporter on Twitter, citing the bulletin.
The law enforcement source, speaking on condition of anonymity, told Reuters the FBI warnings were from Jan. 16 and at least through Jan. 20 for state capitals and for the three days leading up to Inauguration Day in Washington D.C.
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U.S. House Democrats formally introduced a single article of impeachment earlier Monday, charging Trump with “inciting an insurrection” in connection with last week’s deadly riot at the U.S. Capitol, which left five dead.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, among others, have called on Vice-President Mike Pence to use constitutional authority and invoked the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from power.
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However, that route seems unlikely. Pelosi said Pence would have 24 hours to respond once the request is formally made. Next, the House would proceed to impeachment. A vote on that could come as early as Wednesday.
Rep. David Cicilline of Rhode Island, who is among the House members leading the impeachment, tweeted Monday that the resolution has enough support to impeach the president, once it is formally tabled.
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