Thousands of armed pro-Donald Trump extremists are plotting to surround the US Capitol to disrupt the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden, a member Congress from Pennsylvania, Democrat Conor Lamb revealed.
Speaking to CNN reporters during an interview on Tuesday, Lamb said the late Monday’s session was a brief on a series of new threats against lawmakers and the Capitol itself.
The brief followed after the FBI released a bulletin warning of “armed protests” being planned at all 50 state capitols and in Washington, DC, and provides the latest sense of a heightened state of alarm among lawmakers and law enforcement officials on heels of last week’s deadly siege at the US Capitol.
The U.S lawmakers disclosed that the congress was walked through several scenarios on a call Monday. He noted that the brief gripped the lawmakers hard.
“They were talking about 4,000 armed ‘patriots’ to surround the Capitol and prevent any Democrat from going in,” Rep. Conor Lamb, a Pennsylvania Democrat, told CNN’s Alisyn Camerota on “New Day.”
“They have published rules of engagement, meaning when you shoot and when you don’t. So this is an organized group that has a plan. They are committed to doing what they’re doing because I think in their minds, you know, they are patriots and they’re talking about 1776 and so this is now a contest of wills.”
He continued, “We are not negotiating with or reasoning with these people. They have to be prosecuted. They have to be stopped. And unfortunately, that includes the President, which is why he needs to be impeached and removed from office.”
Another member of congress said; “They are very strong when we are weak. That is when the mob psychology takes hold and they are emboldened, but when met with actual determined force, I think a lot of these fantasy world beliefs about what will happen when they come to Washington will melt away.”
Efforts are already being made to avert the ready reports. Late same Monday, President Donald Trump declared a state of emergency in DC. Security around the Capitol has also beefed up.
This is as the House of Representatives prepares to vote on resolutions to impeach Trump. They are expected to vote Tuesday on a measure calling for President Donald Trump to be removed from office through the 25th Amendment.
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