Joe Biden inauguration: FBI warn of ‘concerning’ online talk about violent protest plans

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Mr Biden takes office as president of the US on January 20. But following last week’s riots in Washington DC, where Trump supporters stormed the Capitol, FBI investigators have warned of the potential for more violence around the country.

Chris Wray, FBI Director, said the federal agency was monitoring a huge amount of “concerning” messages about potential violence across the US.

Issuing his first statement since the US Capitol riot last Wednesday, Mr Wray said: “We’re looking at individuals who may have an eye towards repeating that same kind of violence that we saw last week.”

He also revealed the FBI has identified more than 200 suspects threatening violence at the inauguration.

Mr Wray added: “We know who you are. If you’re out there, an FBI agent is coming to find you.”

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So far, federal authorities have charged more than 40 people with crimes connected to the riot.

Due to security concerns, Mr Biden’s inauguration rehearsal was postponed yesterday, as the National Guard stationed in Washington have been cleared to use lethal force.

An FBI internal bulletin has also warned about “threats to harm” Mr Biden and Ms Harris ahead of the inauguration, according to CNN.

It said: “Various threats to harm President-elect Biden ahead of the presidential inauguration.

“Additional reports indicate threats against VP-elect Harris and Speaker Pelosi.”

Pro-Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol as Congress attempted to certify the results of the 2020 election, where Mr Biden beat Donald Trump by 306 electoral college votes to 232.

The mob breached the Capitol building, causing damage to the grounds and clashing with police officers inside the chamber.

Five people died as a result of the riot, including one police officer and one woman, Ashli Babbit, who was shot in the neck after trying to enter a Senate room.


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Mr Biden has branded the pro-Trump supporters “domestic terrorists” in a statement made last week.

Mr Trump has also criticised the violence at the Capitol, and said on Wednesday: “No true supporter of mine could ever threaten or harass their fellow Americans.

“If you do any of these things, you are not supporting our movement, you are attacking it and you are attacking our country.”

Congress has voted to impeach the outgoing President for the second time on charges of “incitement of insurrection”.

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