Militia Groups Want To Blow Up Capitol When Biden Addresses Joint Session
Donald Trump supporters who participated in the deadly Jan. 6 insurrectionist riot at the U.S. Capitol have indicated they want to “blow up” the building and kill members of Congress, the acting chief of the Capitol Police said on Thursday.
Yogananda Pittman, testifying Thursday before the House Appropriations Committee, said domestic terrorist extremists are planning to target the Capitol when President Joe Biden addresses a joint session of Congress. The acting chief said, “Members of militia groups that were present on Jan. 6 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.”
Technically Biden’s first speech to both houses of Congress is not considered an official “state of the union” address. No date for the speech has been set.
Pittman made her comments when pressed by House lawmakers to provide a timeline for removing the concertina wire-topped fence that was installed on Capitol Hill in the wake of the riot. A number of Republicans, most notably Wisconsin Sen. Ron Johnson, have said the enhanced security measures are not really needed and are House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s way of “sending a signal” that people who voted for twice-impeached former president Donald Trump are to be considered dangerous.
Pittman dismissed Johnson’s contention. “The temporary infrastructure is only to address the vulnerabilities after the attack of Jan. 6. Our priority is to make sure that the member of Congress are safe and that democratic process is protected. Once we have appropriate infrastructure and human assets in place we will lean forward with the removal of the fencing,” Pittman told the committee. “We think that it’s prudent that Capitol Police maintain its enhanced and robust security posture until we address those vulnerabilities going forward.