Authorities warn of new militia Capitol plot

An intelligence bulletin said that the U.S. Capitol remains an “attractive target” and that a known militia group could try to breach the government building on Thursday.
2:48 | 03/04/21

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Now the top story. You're looking live at capitol hill where police there are on high alert over new fears of another possible attack on the U.S. Capitol. Just two months after that deadly siege. House leaders abruptly canceling today's session. Chief global affairs correspondent Martha Raddatz joins us from capitol hill. Good morning, Martha. Reporter: Good morning. House leaders wrapped up their session last night specifically because of the security threat with extremists allegedly making plans to storm the capitol and remove democratic lawmakers. The intelligence bulletin says it starkly. The U.S. Capitol remains an attractive target and that a known militia group could try to breach the capitol today. The FBI intelligence report says the so-called 3 percenters could try to get 50,000 support attorneys come to D.C. Around this date and could be plotting diversionary tactics. Unlike January 6th with some 800 rioters breaching the capitol itself and thousands more swarms the grounds, the entire capitol complex is now surrounded with fencing, razor wire on top and 5,000 National Guard troops and the acting chief of the capitol police told lawmakers because of the threat security has been beefed up even more. We have enhanced our security posture. We've taken immediate steps to let the National Guard as well as our workforce know what to Reporter: The intelligence was specific. Far right conspiracy theorists like qanon believe Donald Trump will return to power today. That was the original inauguration day before 1933 when it was moved to January 20th. What is unclear how solid this is. One source telling ABC news that the initial intelligence does not support 50,000 people descending on D.C. But they say whatever happens, they are ready. We are prepared to respond appropriately. We do have some concerning intelligence. Reporter: While house members will not be in session today, the senate will be, but these ongoing threats are the reason this fencing will stay in place for weeks if not months to come and the National Guard will remain here until at least the middle of March.

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