The U.S. Capitol Police department has obtained intelligence pointing to a possible plot to “breach the Capitol by an unidentified militia group” on Thursday, the agency said Wednesday.
It is working with local, state and federal agencies “to stop any threats to the Capitol,” according to the statement.
“We are taking the intelligence seriously,” the statement said, without providing any further details on the threat.
Thursday marks the date when some right-wing conspiracy theorists have claimed that former U.S. president Donald Trump, who was defeated in the Nov. 3 election, will be sworn in for a second term in office.
A pro-Trump mob that authorities have said included a number of right-wing extremists stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. The attack interrupted the formal certification of President Joe Biden’s election victory over Trump in a rampage that killed five people, including a police officer.
The Capitol Police statement noted that it already has made “significant security upgrades” at the Capitol, home to the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate.
It was unclear if these upgrades were done in response to this latest threat or whether they include the measures already in place following the Jan. 6 riot.