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READ: FBI statement on planned 'armed protests'

Updated 8:44 AM ET, Tue January 12, 2021

(CNN) - In an internal bulletin obtained by CNN, the FBI is warning that it has received information warning of "armed protests" in all 50 state capitols and the US Capitol in Washington, DC, next week during the presidential transition.

Read the full FBI statement below:

"While our standard practice is to not comment on specific intelligence products, the FBI is supporting our state, local, and federal law enforcement partners with maintaining public safety in the communities we serve. Our efforts are focused on identifying, investigating, and disrupting individuals that are inciting violence and engaging in criminal activity.

"As we do in the normal course of business, we are gathering information to identify any potential threats and are sharing that information with our partners. The FBI respects the rights of individuals to peacefully exercise their First Amendment rights. Our focus is not on peaceful protesters, but on those threatening their safety and the safety of other citizens with violence and destruction of property."


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