As a precaution, and to ensure the safety and security of members of Congress and their staff, there will be a heightened police presence throughout the Capitol Grounds.
QAnon followers also believed that Trump would not actually leave office on Inauguration Day but rather would declare martial law, announce mass arrests of Democrats and stop Joe Biden from becoming president. But "when that didn't happen, the date was moved from January 20 to March 4", the original date on which presidents were sworn into office until the passage of the 20th Amendment in 1933, per ABC News. According to the unfounded theory-which some of QAnon's own leaders have rejected-no president has been legitimate since the passage of an 1871 law "that secretly turned the United States into a corporation", per USA Today. A mob of rioters, including supporters of then-President Donald Trump, broke past police barriers and stormed the building, causing members of Congress to evacuate as they were certifying the presidential election.
NBC 4 Washington reports Timothy Blodgett, the acting sergeant at arms for the House of Representatives, Timothy Blodgett, told members of Congress on Monday that his office and Capitol Police are monitoring online comments about potential protests on Thursday, March 4, "which some have described as the 'true Inauguration Day'".
There's also a very large fence in place around the U.S. Capitol that blocks off all avenues of entry including on the streets around the building, which was put in place after January 6. The House was to vote Thursday on the George Floyd Justice in Policing Act, but instead the House will vote on that police reform measure late Wednesday and cancel votes for the remainder of the week.
Capitol Police did not identify the militia group or offer any details about the threat, saying it could not say more due to the "sensitive nature" of the information.
The FBI said in a statement Wednesday: "While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is constantly gathering and sharing intelligence with our law enforcement partners".
But that advisory was updated in a note to lawmakers Wednesday morning.
Officials from the Department of Homeland Security, the FBI, Department of Defense, and the D.C. National Guard faced grilling on the timeline both leading up to the Capitol assault and in the hours after pro-Trump supporters first breached the building.
"In addition, the Secretary of the Army's memorandum to me required that a "concept of operation" (CONOP) be submitted to him before any employment of the [Quick Reaction Force]", Walker's written testimony says.
Lawmakers were expected to be briefed Wednesday by Capitol Police leadership in a closed session. Followers of the fringe movement believe that the 2020 USA presidential election was stolen from Trump, who has pushed baseless claims of voter fraud along with his allies. It was unclear if these upgrades were made in response to this latest threat or were measures put in place following the January 6 riot. "And I don't know to what degree that's being done right now".