Washington, Feb 26.- The United States media today highlighted police warnings that extremist groups want to attack the Capitol building in this capital.
As quoted by CNN, Yogananda Pittman, the acting head of the Capitol's security forces, said the day before that extremist militias involved in the seizure of the building on January 6 plan to blow it up and assassinate as many members as possible when the president, Joe Biden, gives his first speech there.
The official pointed out that the police officers in charge of the custody of the property will maintain their highest level of security and alert, at least until the president makes his speech before the legislators.
Pittman appeared before the House of Representatives this Thursday to report on the security flaws registered during the certification of votes in Congress that confirmed Biden as president, when followers of former President Donald Trump attacked and took the legislative headquarters.
According to a report by NBC television, the congressmen insisted with Pittman on the need to tighten security measures, including maintaining the deployment of National Guard troops.
Biden is expected to deliver his first speech to the Legislature in a joint session of the Senate and House of Representatives after the aid package to deal with Covid-19 is approved.
During his appearance, Pittman acknowledged the inability of the police to face the attack on the capitol on January 6, incited by Trump.
In the session, lawmakers from both parties argued that Capitol security forces were doing more to protect their jobs than to explain how they could better respond to a similar attack in the future.
According to The Hill newspaper, the audience highlighted many of the same deficiencies that were revealed in a similar session of the Senate on Tuesday, where the former chief of the Capitol Police and the former sergeant at arms of the House of Representatives could not even agree. on whether or not advance help was requested from the National Guard. (Text and photo: PL)