The United States’ President, Donald Trump late Monday inked to a state of emergency declaration in the United States capital following the reports of law enforcement officials warning of threats trailing the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden.
The order directs federal assistance to be extended through January 24 to support efforts in Washington, DC to respond to the emergency situation and allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to “identify, mobilise and provide at its discretion, equipment and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency”.
Earlier on Monday, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) in an internal bulletin warned of possible armed protests in all 50 states and in the US capital in the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
DC Mayor Muriel Bowser had also in a letter sent over the weekend called for tighter security in light of the “chaos, injury, and death” at the Capitol on January 6.
Calling on the Homeland Security Department, Bowswr laid out the need for an extension of emergency provisions to allow federal and local agencies to better prepare for the inauguration and requested daily intelligence and threat briefings from the FBI from January 11 to January 24.
This comes up following the riots at the U.S Capitol on January 6 when Pro-Trump supporters stormed the legislative assembly, fighting over false claims that the President’s mandate was stolen. Five people were killed including police officers.
Recall that in light of the chaos, the Mayor had immediately imposed a curfew for 15 days.
Meanwhile, the process of impeachment against the president, since the riots, has gained momentum more than ever before. Presently, the U.S House has introduced the article of impeachment and is set to begin deliberations Wednesday since the cabinet has failed to meet up with the ultimatum to invoke the 25th amendment.
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