Riot damage is visible on the Rotunda doors of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, U.S. January 8, 2021. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst

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The FBI is preparing local and state authorities for armed protests at all 50 state capitals and in Washington, D.C., in the days leading up to President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration on Jan. 20.

“While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve,” the bureau said in a statement. “Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity.”

The FBI received information in recent days on a group planning to storm courthouses and other administrative buildings across the country if President Donald Trump is removed before Inauguration Day, according to a FBI internal memo first reported by ABC News. The group also plans to storm government offices on Inauguration Day. The FBI said in its official statement that its focus was not on peaceful protestors. U.S. officials are strengthening security measures across the country in response and closed the Washington Monument and the grounds of the U.S. Capitol to the public. More than 10,000 National Guard troops were deployed across the District. House Democrats were briefed by Capitol Police on three plots Monday, including one that included the assassination of lawmakers. 

The moves to shut down Parler, a well-known site for right-wing extremist chat groups, scattered conservative media and groups across the web. Some extremists are using encrypted messages in the communication app Telegram to call for violence on Jan. 20 and sharing information on how to make bombs. Some Democratic lawmakers expressed concern about their Republican colleagues inciting rioters before Wednesday’s attack and called for Rep. Lauren Boebert, R-Colo., to resign after she tweeted the location of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi,.D-Calif.. Boebert refused and accused Democrats of hypocrisy in a statement: “We should take Democrats at their word when they say never let a crisis go to waste. Their hypocrisy is on full display with talks of impeachment, censure, and other ways to punish Republicans for false accusations of inciting the type of violence they have so frequently and transparently supported in the past.”

President Donald Trump, who Pelosi and other Democrats hold culpable for inciting the riots, said he took no responsibility for causing the attack. 

“Everybody to a ‘T’ thought it was totally appropriate,” Trump said. Trump also said there was “tremendous anger” over the move to impeach him. “(It’s) a really terrible thing that they’re doing,” the president said. “To continue on this path, I think it’s causing tremendous danger to our country, and it’s causing tremendous anger. I want no violence.” Nevertheless, the House plans to vote Tuesday evening on forcing Pence to invoke the 25th Amendment and remove Trump from power. If that doesn’t work, the House will move with an article of impeachment, with debate starting Wednesday. 

MEDIA PERSPECTIVE

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America’s fourth great crisis – Politico – 1/12/2021
And now over to today’s writer, the legendary documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, for a 10-hour, multi-episode edition of Playbook. (We kid.) … I’m repeatedly asked whether I will make a film about this moment in time. The answer is no — or at least not now.

Trump’s disastrous end to his shocking presidency – CNN – 1/12/2021
It took 200 years for the country to rack up its first two presidential impeachments. Trump’s malfeasance has led the country down that awful, divisive path twice in just more than a year. 

No, Donald Trump Did Not Incite An Insurrection – The Federalist – 1/12/2021
The Democrats and their media allies are trying to convince the American people that President Donald Trump is guilty of inciting an insurrection last week. In both legal terms and in terms of the plain meaning of the English language, their claim is absurd on its face. There are two fundamental reasons for this: Trump did not incite the riots at the Capitol, and the riots were not an insurrection.

On Inauguration Day, prioritize protecting the continuity of government – Brookings – 1/11/2021
If, a week ago, you asked most people if the U.S. Capitol could be invaded by a Trump and Confederate flag-waving, fact-free militia fueled by social media lies and a seditious president, they would have laughed and said it impossible. But it happened. And now we should rethink the upcoming inauguration with an eye toward preserving the line of succession and the continuity of government.

Democrats Need a Do-Over on Their Impeachment Article – National Review – 1/11/2021
In all likelihood, President Trump is going to be impeached by the House this week, probably on Wednesday. It should be a moment of strong, bipartisan protection of the electoral process and of Congress as an institution. Instead, Democrats — at the very moment when they appear to have the high ground — are politicizing the process.

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