The security has been ramped up in US Capitol Grounds as police warn of ‘a possible plot of a breach’ to the Capitol building.
The measure was initiated after an intelligence received by Police that an unnamed militia group planned the attack for 4 March – the day US presidents used to be inaugurated.
The House of Representatives cancelled the session scheduled to hold on Thursday, but the Senate will continue with its agenda.
The new threat has come after the two months of the deadly attack on the building by a mob loyal to former President Donald Trump.
The rioters breached the Capitol building in January while lawmakers were inside moving to certify Democrat Joe Biden’s election victory.
The insurrection left five people including a police officer dead. The head of the Capitol police force later resigned.
The defenders of an unfounded conspiracy theory believe Mr Trump will return to the White House on 4 March.
A new intelligence bulletin issued by the FBI and Department of Homeland Security says,
“As of late February, an unidentified group of militia violent extremists discussed plans to take control of the US Capitol and remove Democratic lawmakers on or about 4 March and discussed aspirational plans to persuade thousands to travel to Washington, DC, to participate,”
Following the assessment, the US Capitol Police referred in a statement to “a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4”.
“We have already made significant security upgrades to include establishing a physical structure and increasing manpower to ensure the protection of Congress, the public, and our police officers.”
“Due to the sensitive nature of this information, we cannot provide additional details at this time.”