Oh Nothing, Trump-Loving Mob Just Wants To Blow Up Capitol During Biden's First SOTU
The Capitol Police is aware of intelligence suggesting that some of the same terrorists who attacked the US Capitol for Donald Trump on January 6 are determined to attack in the United States. Again. At the Capitol. Again. This time during President Joe Biden's first joint address to Congress, which has not yet been scheduled. (Not technically a "State of the Union" address, it's probably going to happen once his huge Covid-19 disaster aid package passes.) This, acting Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman explained to Congress yesterday, is why they need to keep all those fences and all that extra security, because this is an ongoing threat.
Don't call them "terrorists," though! And don't blame it on Trump! Let defense attorneys for pretty much every single person arrested so far in the Capitol attacks blame him in their filings and allege that they all believed they were acting at Trump's behest!
Pittman dropped the bombshell during a House hearing Thursday on the January 6 attack:
"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," she told members of Congress, referring to Biden's coming first address to a joint session of Congress.
"So based on that information, we think that it's prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward," she said.
They want to "blow up the Capitol and kill as many members as possible." Anything else, perhaps about their motivations on January 6, and we presume, for any future attack they try to carry out?
Pittman emphasized that the rioters who attacked the Capitol "weren't only interested in attacking members of Congress and officers."
"They wanted to send a symbolic message to the nation as to who was in charge of that legislative process," she said.
Sounds like terrorism to us!
NBC News has much more on yesterday's hearing, and what went wrong with the law enforcement response to the Capitol attack, so hit that link when you're done here.
In other news, remember not long after the Capitol Attack how Democratic Rep. Mikie Sherrill revealed she had witnessed what she believed to be certain members of Congress and/or their staffs the day before the insurrection, giving what she said looked like "reconnaissance" tours to people who then showed up the next day? Ohio Democratic Rep. Tim Ryan dropped some casual information about that to a reporter after yesterday's hearing, saying those reports are now "in the hands of the US attorney here in DC," and that investigators are "reviewing the footage."
In an appearance later last night on Maddow, Congressman Ryan said he doesn't have any more info to give, but it sounds like that is now an active investigation.
Rep. Sherrill then appeared on the Lawrence O'Donnell show, and she also didn't have any more information on the investigation, but she confirmed that she gave 'em what she's got, and is aware that it's an investigation. Stay tuned on that!
So those are just two totally normal things we are dealing with right now in Biden's America, which unfortunately will be recovering from the wounds of Trump's America for many years to come.
Onward into this batshit news day, Wonkette is going to cover it all!
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