Lawmakers, congressional staff and law enforcement officials are still on edge after last month’s attack, even as the security the posture around the Capitol remains at an unprecedented level.
Federal agents were looking to determine whether there was an increase in the number of rented hotel rooms in Washington on Wednesday, as well as monitoring flights to the area, car rental reservations and charter buses to bring in groups in the capital, a person familiar with the case told The Associated Press. The person could not publicly discuss the details of the security planning and spoke on condition of anonymity.
The FBI and the Department of Homeland Security also sent a joint intelligence bulletin to local law enforcement officials on Tuesday, warning that a group of militia extremists had discussed the attempt to take control of the Capitol. on March 4 and encouraging thousands of people to come to Washington to try to remove Democrats from power.
There was a noticeable drop in online activity on some social media platforms surrounding the efforts on March 4, and there was already far less online chatter than in the run-up to January 6, a day that Trump did. had repeatedly promoted for his rally. and encouraged thousands of people to come to the nation’s capital.
Several QAnon groups still operating on the Telegram social media messaging platform warned their subscribers to stay away from any events on March 4, saying it was a setup for Trump supporters.
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