President Donald Trump approved a state of emergency in Washington D.C. and ordered federal assistance to police the city for possible violent demonstrations ahead of Biden's inauguration. Why did this happen?
The president approved the state of emergency in Washington in response to the call of the mayor of D.C. Muriel Bowser, who on Monday requested the declaration in order to expand surveillance, following an FBI alert of armed demonstrations in 50 states, including the nation's capital.
The order authorizes federal assistance to be extended through January 24 to support efforts in Washington, DC to respond to the emergency situation.
Specifically, it allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency to “identify, mobilize and provide at its discretion, equipment, and resources necessary to alleviate the impacts of the emergency”.
The FBI warned that armed protests are planned in the days before President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration, especially on January 17.
“The FBI received information about an identified armed group that intended to travel to Washington, D.C. on January 16,” said a report.
The agency indicates that the threat is intensified by the House Democrats’ plan to begin the impeachment of President Donald Trump, whom they will accuse of "inciting the insurrection" for the violent invasion of the Capitol on January 6.
In addition to that this Tuesday a petition will be voted for Vice President Mike Pence to apply Amendment 25 that would force the impeachment to be removed immediately.
"They have warned that if Congress tries to withdraw POTUS through Amendment 25 there will be a great uprising," adds the FBI.
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) also ordered the Secret Service to advance its surveillance plan for the inauguration of Biden.
The Acting Secretary, Chad Wolf, released the following statement on the National Special Security Event designation for the inauguration of President-elect Biden:
"In light of events of the past week and the evolving security landscape leading up to the inauguration and at the recommendation of Secret Service Director James Murray, I have instructed the US Secret Service to begin the National Special Security Event operations for the 2021 Inauguration effective Wednesday, January 13th instead of January 19th. Our federal, state, and local partners will continue to coordinate their plans and position resources for this important event. "
Within hours of this, Wolf reported his resignation.