FBI is tracking 'extensive' online chatter about armed protests

FBI warns of potential armed protests across country

FBI warns of potential armed protests across country

The legitimacy of the November 2020 presidential election - which has been called into question by the Republicans - may be wielded as a unsafe weapon for months and possibly years, claim USA officials and independent experts, as they paint a gloomy picture of the aftermath of Trump's exit from the White House.

Federal Bureau of Investigation officials said this week that the agency had warned Capitol Police and other law enforcement agencies ahead of last week's breach about the potential for extremist-driven violence.

Still, the feds warned that the rioters likely perceive the revolt as a success - which poses a serious security threat to federal, state and local governments in the days leading up to the January 20 inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.

Pence thanked the FBI's aggressive posture on bringing to justice those who desecrated the seat of the democracy last week.

As a result, the U.S. House of Representatives charged President Trump with inciting an insurrection and voted to impeach him, becoming the first president in U.S. history to be impeached twice.

Some hard-line Trump supporters had spent a month posting glaring and violent warnings of the planned anarchy online, including threats to kill police and federal employees.

The official document, first reported by Yahoo News and uploaded online, notes potential collaboration among extremists from different ideologies - especially after the fatal shooting of QAnon enthusiast Ashli Babbitt, whose death is being treated as "an act of martyrdom".

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"The prevalent consensus across the movements involved in or supporting the Capitol siege is that they will keep pushing forward."
Biden will be inaugurated on January 20.

The memo mentions other acts of violence on Capitol grounds from January 6 - including two explosive devices that were left outside the Republican and Democratic national committees' headquarters and nooses and plastic restraints carried by rioters "possibly to demonstrate their intent to cause harm to government officials".

"The sad truth is that there are people in our country who want to turn peaceful protests into opportunities for violence", Gov. Mike Dewine (R-Ohio) stated.

Now that Donald Trump is banned from Twitter, his supporters are not sure how to vent their anger during the final days of his presidency, claim experts, as social media platforms have also removed accounts and chat apps reportedly used to coordinate the Capitol assault. A congressional official said the Senate Intelligence Committee would probe law enforcement agencies' handling of intelligence that preceded the attack once Democrats took control of the Senate.

Authorities have ramped up security efforts ahead of the inauguration in light of the riots, deploying about 21,000 National Guard members to Washington, D.C., closing off streets and installing security fencing.

The warning has been sent out to law enforcement agencies across the country.

In Ohio, the governor has ordered the statehouse and other government buildings to close until after the transition.

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