Capitol security to remain high after State of the Union threat emerges

by Peter Heck · Feb 26th, 2021 8:02 am

Last Updated Feb 27th, 2021 at 2:15 pm

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman said Thursday that security presence in D.C. will remain elevated after intelligence revealed a threat that participants from the January 6th riots may be planning an attack on the upcoming State of the Union address.

Federal authorities monitoring extremist "chatter" believe there have been credible discussions about an attempt to create chaos during the presidential speech to congress.

"We know that members of the militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 have stated their desire that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible, with a direct nexus to the State of the Union," Pittman told a House Appropriations subcommittee, explaining it's "prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced security posture until we address those issues going forward."

The acting chief said that police information indicated that the January 6th rioters had hoped to do more than just seize lawmakers.

"They wanted to send a symbolic message to the nation as to who was in charge of that legislative process," Pittman cautioned.


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