When Donald Trump’s supporters attacked the Capitol on January 6, they did so in the hopes of overturning the 2020 election and stopping Joe Biden from becoming president. When that didn’t happen and Trump, in fact, was forced to vacate the White House and move down to Mar-a-Lago, you might have expected that this spirited group of violent rioters would have packed it in and decided to move on with their lives, particularly given the fact that more than 250 of them have been arrested and charged for their roles in the failed coup. But, surprise: Crazy never sleeps and, instead, the ex-president‘s most loyal followers have simply come up with a new plan of action.
ABC News reports that U.S. Capitol Police officials have “obtained intelligence that shows a possible plot to breach the Capitol by an identified militia group on Thursday, March 4,” the date that deranged conspiracy theorists believe Trump will return to power. The House, which was scheduled to be in session on Thursday, will no longer be open, with business planned for that day taking place Wednesday night, sources told the outlet. (The Senate is still expected to be in session and begin debate and vote on the $1.9 relief bill on Thursday.)
In an FBI bulletin, officials said that the potential follow-up attack could involve a group called the “Three Percenters,” whose name is “based on the myth that only three percent of American colonists took up arms against the British during the American Revolution,” and whose members “regard the present-day U.S. Government as analogous to the British” during the Revolutionary War. Prosecutors have called the group “extremist” and say the “Three Percenters” term is “representative of a common belief in the notion that a small force with a just cause can overthrow a tyrannical government if armed and prepared.” Which, given the events of January 6, and the five people it left dead, sounds worrisome. Per ABC:
The information in the bulletin is sourced to an FBI intelligence report from late February that describes an alleged plot by the “Three Percenters militia group to use diversionary tactics such as detonating a bomb” to draw law enforcement away from the Capitol prior to an attempt by the group to take over the U.S. Capitol, according to a law enforcement source. The credibility of the information in the bulletin remains unclear. The bulletin describes the Three Percenters’ alleged goal of having 50,000 members from around the country travel to D.C. on or around March 4 through March 6 and participate in a plan to overrun law enforcement and the National Guard troops at or near the Capitol Complex, the source said.
Sources told ABC News that intelligence chatter surrounding the date of March 4 has been circulating for weeks. The date has significance for adherents to the QAnon conspiracy theory who believe it is the day Trump will return to power. March 4 is also the original date for a presidential inauguration in the Constitution, prior to the ratification of the 20th Amendment in 1933 that changed it to January 20. How U.S. law enforcement and intelligence agencies missed the violent insurrection on January 6 has been the focus of multiple congressional inquiries in recent weeks.