If only law enforcement officials had been this vigilant prior to Jan. 6. But I suppose they didn’t have to justify the presence of a large number of National Guard troops or an eight-foot-tall, three-mile-long security fence complete with coils of concertina wire.
In testimony before the House Appropriations Committee on Thursday, acting U.S. Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman warned that militias tied to the Jan. 6 incursion “have stated their desire to blow up the Capitol” and kill as many people as possible when Joe Biden delivers his State of the Union Address.
She told lawmakers:
We know that members of the militia groups that were present on January 6th have stated their desires that they want to blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible with a direct nexus to the State of the Union – which we know that date has not been identified. So based on the information, we think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities moving forward.
The majority of Pittman’s testimony dealt with events leading up to and occurring on Jan. 6.
Her stunning warning about the militias’ alleged plan to blow up the capital came when she was questioned about how much longer the National Guard troops would remain in Washington, D.C.
It’s worth noting that Pittman provided no evidence for this claim.
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