administrator, said in a statement on Friday that the agency was vetting “hundreds of names” before the event on Jan. 20.
Commercial airlines have tracked an increase in passengers checking in firearms on their way to airports in the Washington area, according to a separate bulletin from the Justice Department.
Two of the prominent airports close to Washington are actually in Virginia, which has more relaxed firearms laws.
Since the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol, intelligence officials have seen Chinese, Iranian and Russian efforts to fan the violent messaging, according to a joint threat assessment dated Thursday.
The escalation is consistent with previous attempts to take advantage of divisive Republican talk, such as Russia’s drive to amplify disinformation spread by President Trump during the campaign about the security of mail-in voting.
David P, Pekoske, Mr, Biden’s, Trump
Justice Department, Capitol, Electoral College