Outgoing US President, Donald Trump, has declared a state of emergency in Washington DC, according to Politico.
Trump’s declaration amid revelation by the police that three were plots to attack the Capitol Building ahead of Joe Biden’s inauguration next week.
The paper labelled the rally “largest armed protest in American history”.
It also came as the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) alerted its agents of possible uprisings at US Capitols in 50 states ahead of Inauguration Day, especially if Trump is removed from office before Biden enters the White House.
Trump’s declaration allows the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency to coordinate with local authorities, as Democrats had been furiously demanding.
On Monday night, the new chiefs of Capitol Police claimed they were looking into three separate plans, including one described as “the largest armed protest ever to take place on American soil”.
The protesters plan to involve armed rioters encircling the Capitol and blocking Democrats from entering so that Republicans can take command of the government.
More than 6,000 members of the National Guard were deployed to Washington DC over the weekend, with dozens of them standing guard over the Capitol during Monday’s proceedings.