US Capitol Police (USCP) said in a statement that they have received intelligence regarding “a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group” on Thursday, March 4.
USCP has taken significant security measures for the Capitol complex this week due to the concerning intelligence, according to Wednesday’s statement.
A physical structure has been installed and the number of officers protecting Congress has increased, as part of the recent security upgrades.
“Our Department is working with our local, state, and federal partners to stop any threats to the Capitol. We are taking the intelligence seriously. Due to the sensitive nature of this information, we cannot provide additional details at this time,” the statement said.
— U.S. Capitol Police (@CapitolPolice) March 2, 2021
Far-right conspiracy theorists, led by QAnon supporters, believe that former President Donald Trump will return to power on March 4, which used to be the official day for presidential inaugurations until it was moved to January 20 with the ratification of the Twentieth Amendment in 1933.
Officials with the Defense Department and other national security figures testified this week before the Senate on their handling of the January 6 insurrection, when supporters of Trump attacked the Capitol building in an attempt to disrupt the certification of President Joe Biden‘s election win.