Federal authorities and the sergeant-at-arms warned of discussions by “militia violent extremists” to seize control of the Capitol complex on or around March 4.
U.S. Capitol Police protective agents stand watch as Nancy Pelosi and other lawmakers hold a news event on the steps of the House of Representatives at the Capitol on Wednesday, March 3, 2021. | J. Scott Applewhite/AP
By HEATHER CAYGLE, SARAH FERRIS, KYLE CHENEY and NATASHA BERTRAND
Top House Democrats are abruptly wrapping up all work on Wednesday and sending members home — a day earlier than planned — as congressional leaders grapple with another potential threat to the Capitol, nearly two months after deadly riots overtook the complex.
While the extent of the concerns is not yet clear, U.S. Capitol Police have stepped up the security around the Capitol and related office buildings after both federal authorities and the sergeant-at-arms warned of discussions by “militia violent extremists” to seize control of the complex on or around March 4.
March 4 has been touted by some conspiracy theorists as the date that former President Donald Trump will return to power. The date was the inauguration date for presidents before being changed to Jan. 20 in the 1930s.