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  • U.S. Capitol Police say they have uncovered intelligence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the Capitol on Thursday
  • The threat seems to have been connected to a far-right conspiracy theory that former President Donald Trump would again rise to power on March 4
  • On Thursday, the House of Representatives had been scheduled to debate and vote on a police reform bill
  • It comes almost two months after a mob stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory
  • The U.S. Justice Department has charged at least 300 people with taking part in the attack in which five people, including a police officer, were killed

Capitol Police in the U.S. say they have uncovered intelligence of a “possible plot” by a militia group to breach the Capitol on Thursday.

The threat seems to have been connected to a far-right conspiracy theory, promoted largely by supporters of QAnon, that former President Donald Trump would again rise to power on March 4 — the date of the original presidential inauguration day until 1933, when it was moved to January 20. 

On Thursday, the House of Representatives had been scheduled to debate and vote on a police reform bill. But a note to lawmakers on Wednesday from Timothy Blodgett, the acting House sergeant-at-arms, said police had received “new and concerning information and intelligence indicating additional interest in the Capitol for the dates of March 4 – 6 by a militia group.”

It comes almost two months after a mob of Trump supporters stormed the Capitol in an effort to stop Congress from certifying now-President Joe Biden’s victory.

The U.S. Justice Department has charged at least 300 people with taking part in the attack in which five people, including a police officer, were killed. Included in the arrests were members of various far-right groups, such as the Oath Keepers, Three Percenters and Proud Boys.

Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman testified to Congress on February 25, suggesting that Trump supporters who launched the January attack have indicated they want to “blow up” the building and kill lawmakers.

Since the siege occurred, National Guard troops have been dispatched to the Capitol grounds and tall fencing has been erected to extend the security perimeter. Congress is expected to receive recommendations in the coming days regarding new, permanent security measures.

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