The Washington Post, a US-wide circulation daily newspaper, reported that the US House of Representatives canceled a scheduled session on Thursday after law enforcement agencies warned of a possible militia plot to launch a terrorist attack and storm the Capitol Building.
Earlier, the Director of the US Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Christopher Ray, said that the events of the storming of Congress on January 6, left 5 people dead in raids between supporters of former President Donald Trump and police officers.
He warned that these events inspired a number of terrorist extremists inside and outside the United States.”
“The FBI is still looking at whether any foreign elements might seek to infiltrate local groups to exploit their weaknesses,” Ray said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on Tuesday evening.
He added that he considers the blockade in the Congress building “internal terrorism,” and he deploys extensive resources in every field office to pursue the perpetrators.
Ray stressed that there is no evidence of the involvement of members of the leftist “Antifa” movement in the events of the storming of the Capitol.
He defended, over his testimony during a hearing before the Senate Judicial Committee, his agency’s handling of information gathered on the eve of the Capitol riots after law enforcement personnel confirmed to Congress last month that they had not obtained sufficient information from intelligence agencies about the potential threat on January 6th.
“The way the matter was handled seemed to be consistent with our normal operations,” Ray said.
He noted that “those who participated in the storming of the Capitol are divided into two main groups of violent extremists.
Those associated with militia groups such as the department guards, and those who advocate the superiority of the White race.
On the other hand, the Commander-in-Chief of the National Guard in Washington said that his units were subjected to incomprehensible and unprecedented restrictions upon the storming of the Capitol on January 6, according to media sources.