Capitol Police to brief congressional leaders on rally backing Jan. 6 rioters

Capitol Police to brief congressional leaders on rally backing Jan. 6 rioters
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Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger will brief top congressional leaders next Monday about security preparations for the Sept. 18 rally in support of people jailed for crimes related to attacking the Capitol on Jan. 6.

The briefing will take place in Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight On The Money — Senate Democrats lay out their tax plans Democrats haggle as deal comes into focus Dem hopes for infrastructure vote hit brick wall MORE's (D-Calif.) office in the Capitol at 11:15 a.m., according to a source familiar with the plan, five days before the "Justice for J6" rally set to take place near the Capitol's west front.

Senate Majority Leader Charles SchumerChuck SchumerPricing methane and carbon emissions will help US meet the climate moment Democratic senator: Methane fee could be 'in jeopardy' Manchin jokes on party affiliation: 'I don't know where in the hell I belong' MORE (D-N.Y.), House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthyKevin McCarthyJuan Williams: Trump is killing American democracy Republican spin on Biden is off the mark Cheney reveals GOP's Banks claimed he was Jan. 6 panel's ranking member MORE (R-Calif.) and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellManchin backs raising debt ceiling with reconciliation if GOP balks Biden needs to be both Mr. Inside and Mr. Outside Billionaire tax gains momentum MORE (R-Ky.) were all invited by Pelosi to attend. The top four congressional leaders will also be on Capitol Hill on Monday for a ceremony marking 20 years since the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

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Pelosi had said earlier Wednesday at a press conference in the Capitol that there will be briefings with the House Administration Committee as well as with other lawmakers ahead of the Sept. 18 rally.

When asked if the fence that went up following the Jan. 6 attack would return after it was removed this spring, Pelosi replied: "Not necessarily." But she declined to offer any specifics about security preparations for the Sept. 18 event.

The event's organizers, as well as some far-right House Republicans, have been referring to people jailed after they were accused of crimes related to storming the Capitol on Jan. 6 as "political prisoners." Some are also calling for "justice" for Ashli Babbitt, a rioter who was fatally shot by a Capitol Police officer as she tried to jump through a broken window leading directly to the House chamber.

The group organizing the event, Look Ahead America, is led by an ex-campaign official for former President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE.

More than 570 people have been charged with crimes related to the attack on the Capitol that delayed Congress from formally ratifying President BidenJoe BidenBiden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day Business lobby calls for administration to 'pump the brakes' on vaccine mandate Overnight Defense & National Security — Presented by Boeing — Afghanistan reckoning shows no signs of stopping MORE's electoral victory.

The Sept. 18 rally is not expected to draw as many people as on Jan. 6, but law enforcement agencies are making preparations to avoid a repeat of the violence that led to more than 140 police officers being injured. Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died a day after engaging with the mob of Trump's supporters, while four other police officers died of suicide in the weeks after Jan. 6.

Manger has previously said that Capitol Police is “closely monitoring” the Sept. 18 rally and expressed confidence that “the work we are doing now will make sure our officers have what they need to keep everyone safe.”

The Washington, D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department will also have an "increased presence" on Sept. 18 and may impose some street closures for the event.