[WATCH] Extremist Groups Raise Fears Of Another Jan 6th With Plans for ‘Justice’ Rally
Federal officials suspect that far-right extremists groups will hold a rally on the west lawn of the U.S. Capitol building on September 18th, “seeking justice” for hundreds arrested for the attack on January 6th. The US Capitol Police, in a bid to prevent a potential security threat to the building, are discussing if the large perimeter fence — originally put up outside the Capitol after riots on January 6th— needs to be re-erected. Officials are also discussing other security plans as police and intelligence officials are concerned about the presence of extremist groups at the rally. Some members of far-right groups Proud Boys and Oath Keepers face some of the most serious charges seen so far.
The “Justice for J6” rally is being organized by conservative activists who demand the release of those arrested. It has been given the unofficial seal of Trump approved by Former Guy campaign official Matt Baynard, who is calling the suspects “political prisoners” even though they committed the felony of trespassing on government property, among the other federal charges.
The major security concerns about the rally come in the wake of other troubling incidents around the US Capitol this year, with the most recent being the pick-up truck parked near the Library of Congress on August 19th, with the driver claiming he had a bomb and a detonator. The Capitol police immediately rushed to evacuate nearby buildings, including the Library of Congress Buildings and the Cannon Office Building.
Media: @RepSwalwell to @Acosta on the 'J6' rally on 18 June: "This rally celebrates cop killers. And this is America, they can peaceably assemble … But Americans should know that in a couple of weeks, #Republicans are going to come to the #Capitol and celebrate cop killers." pic.twitter.com/UCSFtis2qu
— Porter Anderson (@Porter_Anderson) September 4, 2021
The Capitol Board Police, which includes Sergeant at Arms of the US House of Representatives, the Sergeant at Arms and Doorkeeper of the US Senate, and the Architect of the Capitol, will consider the decision on erecting the fence again, closing off the Capitol.
NEWS: Lawmakers will get a security briefing nxt week on the upcoming Justice for J6 rally, per sources.
Security preparations have been underway, and US Capitol Police is “working with Capitol region law enforcement partners and other law enforcement agencies,” one source said.
— Melanie Zanona (@MZanona) September 3, 2021
Several prominent Republicans have said they will attend the rally. GOP Rep. Madison Cawthorn came under fire after publicly calling for “bloodshed” during a discussion about the rally. MSNBC’s Tiffany Cross led a panel discussion with Carlos Curbelo and Lucy Caldwell regarding the potential for violence at the J6 Rally. Watch the full segment, below.