The mayor of Washington, D.C., called for a security boost during the inauguration of US President-elect Joe Biden on January 20 in the US capital after Deadly violence On Capitol Hill last week.
In a letter to the US Department of Homeland Security on January 9 and posted on Twitter on Sunday, Muriel Bowser said that a “completely different” approach should be taken during Biden’s inauguration “given the chaos, injury, and death” on the Capitol. On January 6th.
Five people, including a local police officer, died after Donald Trump’s supporters overran the US president’s false allegations that the November election had been stolen from him, the Capitol building where Congress met to vote to confirm Biden’s election victory.
I strongly urge the US Department of Homeland Security to modify its approach to the inauguration in a number of specific ways, and I have outlined it in the following letter to Acting Secretary Wolf. pic.twitter.com/GaxUWfFbxk
– Major Muriel Bowser (@ MayorBowser) January 10, 2021
In the letter, Bowser asked management to extend emergency provisions to allow federal and local agencies to better prepare for the opening.
Daily intelligence briefings and threats were requested from the FBI from January 11 to January 24, and for all public gathering permits, they were revoked and denied during that period.
She said Homeland Security should also work with the US Department of Defense and Justice, as well as Congress and the Supreme Court to create a federal force for federal property in the capital.
The mayor said her requests “are necessary to demonstrate our collective resolve in ensuring the constitutional transfer of power and the capital of our nation in the days preceding that.”
Threats of violence
Bowser’s letter comes as a Democratic legislator in the United States Pressure for accountability Trump for instigating the Capitol rioters, dozens of whom were arrested and charged with various charges related to the January 6 incident.
On Sunday, Senate Democratic Leader Chuck Schumer said, “The threat from violent extremist groups remains high and the next few weeks are crucial to our democratic process” as Biden’s inauguration approaches.
Schumer said in a statement that he spoke on Saturday with FBI Director Christopher Wray to urge him to “relentlessly pursue the Capitol attackers.”
US Department of Justice He said On Sunday, two other alleged rioters were charged with intentionally entering and staying in a restricted building or land without legal authority, among other charges.
As investigations into the riots continued, police departments in Virginia and Washington said they have put officers on leave as authorities check whether they have participated in off-duty events.
Fire departments in Florida and New York also said they had reported federal authorities allegations that some of their members may have been present when a mob stormed the Capitol.
On the other hand, US Representative Jason Crowe said that US Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy informed him that 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened in connection with the riots.
Crowe said McCarthy also told him the Pentagon was aware of “more potential threats from potential terrorists” in the days leading up to Biden’s inauguration.
Trump is not attending
Meanwhile, Trump has said he will not attend Biden’s inauguration – a decision by the US president-elect Welcomed Last week was “one of the few things that he and I agreed on.”
But US Vice President Mike Pence is expected to attend, according to a department official.
Even before the outbreak of violence last week on Capitol Hill, Biden’s team had planned a scaled-back inaugural event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Biden said last month, “I think you’ll see something more like a convention than a typical inauguration,” indicating that the celebrations will be mostly virtual, as was the case for the Democratic National Convention in August.
He added at the time: “First and foremost, in my goal, is to keep America safe while allowing people to party – to party and see each other celebrate.”