Officials in state capitals were prepared for protests and potential violence this weekend, but with the exception of a few locations, state houses were relatively quiet on Saturday.

Armed men and supporters of President Trump gathered at the Texas Capitol in Austin as law enforcement officials closely watched their movements. In St. Paul, hundreds of officers surrounded the Minnesota Capitol building, far outnumbering a group of about 50 pro-Trump protesters. A small number of demonstrators also gathered in Illinois and Nevada.

Most of the weekend’s protests were planned for Sunday, however. But some conservative activists have urged their followers to stay home, claiming the events are a “setup” to frame Trump supporters for violence.

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‘Activist John’ Earle Sullivan, who filmed Capitol shooting, is arrested

He’s a speedskater. He organizes protests, alienating activists on both ends of the political spectrum. He drove an Uber. And his 40-minute video following rioters through the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, capturing the fatal shooting of a Trump supporter, has placed John Earle Sullivan — “Activist John” — at the center of a conservative campaign to blame liberal groups for the Capitol siege.

The video also landed him in jail. Federal authorities tracking down Capitol trespassers watched Sullivan’s video, interviewed him and then obtained warrants Thursday charging him with causing a civil disorder, trespassing and disorderly conduct.

Sullivan repeatedly exhorted rioters to enter the building and overwhelm police, and seemed to convince Capitol Police officers to walk away from the glass door entry to the House Speaker’s Lobby, his video shows. Moments later, with Sullivan screaming warnings about a gun, rioter Ashli Babbitt was shot and killed by a Capitol Police officer.

Sullivan later claimed he was there to document — not participate — in the event.

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Governors warn of long-term dangers from extremist groups

MINNEAPOLIS — The nation’s governors said they are bracing for long-term danger from extremist groups that previously breached government buildings, damaged property and are linked to threats against state leaders and their families.

“It’s going to take quite a while to turn back what’s been started here,” said Minnesota Gov. Tim Walz (D), who has participated in joint calls with other Midwestern governors about the possibility of fresh violence in the aftermath of the U.S. Capitol riot.

The weekly calls between the governors began last spring as a way to informally coordinate and trade ideas about how to respond to the pandemic. But in recent days, the calls — which have included the governors of Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin — have taken on a new urgency as the leaders discussed how to confront what could be a dark and dangerous period of extended insurgency against state and even local governments.

“This is going to be a reclamation project, and it’s going to be on several fronts,” Walz said.

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Facebook temporarily bans ads for gun accessories

Facebook said it will temporarily ban ads promoting gun accessories and other military gear in the United States through Biden’s inauguration “out of an abundance of caution.”

In a statement, the social media platform said it already prohibits ads for weapons, ammunition and weapon enhancers and will briefly add advertisements for accessories such as gun safes, vets and gun holsters to that list in the United States until Friday.

Earlier this week, BuzzFeed News reported that Facebook had been showing advertisements for military gear next to posts about insurrection, news about the D.C. riots and content promoting election misinformation. Lawmakers and Facebook employees soon complained about these advertisements, demanding that the company stop promoting military gear.

In a letter sent Friday to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, Sens. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.), Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) and Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) said Facebook “must hold itself accountable for how domestic enemies of the U.S. have used the company’s products and platform to further their own illicit aims.”

The social media platform had already paused all political advertising before moving on to military equipment ads. On Friday, Facebook said it had implemented specific measures to prevent users from trying to use its platform to incite violence.

Through Inauguration Day, users can no longer create any new Facebook events happening in proximity to D.C. locations, including the White House, the Capitol, or any of the state capitol buildings. Facebook also removed content containing the phrase “stop the steal.” In November, the company closed the original Stop the Steal group.

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Congressional committees to probe intelligence agencies’ preparation before Capitol attack

A mob violently attacked a police officer during an attempted insurrection of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. (Jarrett Robertson via Storyful)

Four top House Democrats announced that their committees will investigate the decisions made by federal intelligence agencies before the Jan. 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol to determine what they knew about threats of violence and whether they shared that information.

The chairs of the Intelligence, Homeland Security, Oversight and Reform, and Judiciary committees directed the intelligence agencies to produce documents and schedule briefings related to the potential role of foreign influence or misinformation in the riot, as well as whether foreign actors have tried to exploit the tension.

The committee leaders also asked the FBI, the National Counterterrorism Center, the Homeland Security Department’s Office of Intelligence and Analysis, and the Office of the Director of National Intelligence whether anyone with a security clearance participated in the insurrection and what the organizations are doing to apprehend the people involved, particularly domestic extremists.

Security before the event was inconsistent with the potential for “serious and widespread violence,” the committee heads wrote in a letter, despite subsequent news reports suggesting that intelligence agencies knew Congress itself could be at risk.

“The Committees will conduct robust oversight to understand what warning signs may have been missed, determine whether there were systemic failures, and consider how to best address countering domestic violent extremism,” the chairs wrote.

Internal investigators for the departments of Justice, Defense, Interior and Homeland Security also plan to probe how those agencies prepared for and responded to the protest turned riot.

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‘It was an honest mistake,’ says man who was arrested at D.C. checkpoint

The Virginia man who was arrested at an inauguration checkpoint in D.C. after law enforcement found at least one firearm and more than 500 rounds of ammunition in his truck said he became lost while rushing to a job and had not intended to take a firearm into Washington.

“It was an honest mistake,” Wesley Allen Beeler told The Washington Post after being released.

In a tearful interview, he said he has spent the last week working as hired security in downtown D.C. ahead of the inauguration. He was running late to work and forgot that his firearm was in his truck when he left his home in Virginia, where he said he has a license to carry. He denied that he had the 500 rounds of ammunition listed in his arrest report.

“I pulled up to a checkpoint after getting lost in D.C. because I’m a country boy,” he said. “I showed them the inauguration badge that was given to me.”

Beeler said he was given a credential by his employer, MVP Protective Services; when reached by a reporter Saturday evening, a man who answered a phone number connected with MVP said: “Unfortunately, at this time I am not authorized to speak.”

As Beeler’s credential was being checked, police said, an officer noted bumper stickers on the truck’s windows: “Assault Life” and “If they come for your guns giv ‘em your bullets first.”

The officers asked Beeler if he had weapons in the car, and he volunteered that he had a Glock in his center armrest, charging papers said. Officers found a 9mm handgun, which was loaded with a high-capacity magazine and 17 rounds of ammunition; the pistol had a round in the chamber and was ready to fire, according court documents.

“It was just me forgetting to take it out of my truck before I left for work,” he said. “I don’t know what the D.C. laws are. It still comes back on me, but I’m not a criminal.”

Beeler has been ordered not to return to the city except to appear in court or meet with his lawyer.

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Some Austin protesters carry weapons, but others are armed with art

AUSTIN — Only a handful of supporters of President Trump showed up at a weekly protest Saturday at the Texas Capitol, where law enforcement remained on high alert.

As a Texas Department of Public Service helicopter circled overhead around 4 p.m., most of the few people who had gathered in red baseball caps had dispersed. Earlier in the day, several armed men and one woman accompanied a Rusk city council member who plans to run for governor in 2022 and spoke briefly in front of the closed Capitol gates.

DPS troopers were stationed throughout the capitol grounds, and Austin police officers routinely circled on bicycles and in patrol vehicles. Tourists stopped for photos in front of the wrought-iron fence that surrounded the pink granite building on the sunny winter day.

Democrats David Grogg, 63, and his wife Carol Baker, 64, spent the afternoon sitting in the Capitol entrance in camping chairs, holding signs that featured paintings of the individuals who died at the U.S. Capitol last week.

“I think it’s just sad that these people had to die. I want to remember them,” Grogg said. “It was surreal,” added Baker, who held a sign that read, “the world according to Mr. Donald Trump does not include me.”

Nearby, an Austinite who declined to give his name held a sign supporting freedom of speech. The man had brought several flags he’d recently purchased and affixed to PVC pipes — but specifically avoided Trump flags, and instead opted for yellow “Don’t Tread on Me” Gadsden flags, as well as flags showing support for the military and police.

It was the first protest he had attended in decades, he said, adding he thought there would be more people.

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10,000 National Guard troops deployed to D.C. — a number that will soon double

Maj. Gen. William J. Walker, the commanding general of the D.C. National Guard, said in a brief interview outside the D.C. Armory on Saturday that there were about 10,000 guardsmen deployed to the District so far, with up to 25,000 expected by Tuesday night, on the eve of the inauguration.

“I think we’ll have the 25,000,” he said. “We’ll be between 22,000 and 25,000.”

The guardsmen are spread among some 70 hotels across the region, some outside D.C. itself, Walker said.

The National Guard has secured hundreds of buses to move them around to assignments. Walker said it will take a while to bring the number of guardsmen back down after the inauguration. He also left open the possibility that the Guard could receive additional assignments from agencies such as the Secret Service afterward.

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Man with gun, 500 rounds of ammo arrested at D.C. security checkpoint, police say

A Virginia man has been arrested after law enforcement found at least one gun and more than 500 rounds of ammunition in his truck as he tried to enter an inauguration security checkpoint near the Capitol on Friday evening, according to court documents.

Wesley Allen Beeler drove his Ford F-150 up to a checkpoint, where he was met by Capitol Police officers, according to the documents.

Beeler is facing charges stemming from unlawful possession of weapons and ammunition.

U.S. Capitol Police said in charging papers that Beeler presented them with what appeared to be a credential to enter the area, but an officer determined he was “not authorized to enter the restricted area.”

His family said he is a private security guard and was not trying to sneak past a checkpoint.

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National Guard troops stationed at Capitol to get cots

The National Guard members tasked with securing the U.S. Capitol building will receive cots to rest on after photos circulated of the rifle-toting troops napping on the marble floors of the fortified complex.

The Federal Emergency Management Agency received a request for more than 1,200 cots “to provide comfort for members of the National Guard supporting law enforcement and the upcoming presidential inauguration,” Guard spokesman Wayne V. Hall wrote in an emailed statement. Hall said he did not know which agency made the request.

The news was first reported by Politico.

The request comes after two Democratic lawmakers wrote to Army Secretary Ryan D. McCarthy on Thursday, saying it was distressing to see those tasked with protecting lawmakers “having to take breaks or rest on the floors of the Capitol.”

Rep. Rosa L. DeLauro (Conn.), chairwoman of the House Appropriations Committee, and Rep. Betty McCollum (Minn.), the senior member on the Appropriations defense subcommittee, asked for the Army to provide cots.

Members stationed at the Capitol are staying at hotels when they are not on duty, according to the Guard.

Officials familiar with the decision told Politico that the cots were unnecessary, with one adding “this is one of the nicest napping spots most of us have ever had in uniform.”

John Wagner contributed to this report.

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Preparations in Michigan: 'If two people show up, we’ll handle that’

LANSING, Mich.— What kind of protest might materialize in the city of Lansing on Sunday? The answer, according to Michigan State Police 1st Lt. Michael Shaw, is simply: “We’re not sure.”

“The Capitol is the people’s house, and this is where people have come to cite their grievances,” Shaw said Saturday. “But the only thing that we know for sure for tomorrow is that MSP will be here and you guys [the press] will be here. That’s the only two … groups that have RSVP’d to us so far.”

Based on law enforcement intelligence and online fliers, armed groups are expected to gather in Lansing at noon Sunday. Officials have said there are indications that members of the far-right Proud Boys and “boogaloo boys” could be traveling to the state capital for the event. Some groups have urged members to stay away.

Either way, the state police force is ready, Shaw said. “If two people show up, we’ll handle that; we’re prepared if thousands of people show up — we’ll handle that as well,” he said. “Demonstrations, protests, the airing of grievances have happened here for many, many, many, many, many years. This is no different than those other times that it’s occurred.”

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Few protesters materialize at Oregon Capitol

SALEM, Ore. — Law enforcement and protesters were in scant supply at the Oregon Capitol on Saturday, even after authorities activated the National Guard earlier this week.

People strolled through the Capitol grounds with their dogs, and a few kids ran through the grass.

One protester, Al Ashcroft, from McMinnville, Ore., held a homemade sign proclaiming “Don’t Impeach Trump.”

Ashcroft, who says he supports Trump but not any role he played in inciting violence at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, said he thinks impeaching is a step too far.

“I just don’t want to see our country torn apart over something that’s going to happen in a week anyway,” said the 69-year-old first-time protester.

On the other side of the wide sidewalk in front of the closed and boarded-up Capitol building, Kathy Shrum from Independence, Ore., held a sign that read “White supremacy is terrorism.”

“I heard the Proud Boys were going to be here, and I do not believe in White supremacy,” she said.

No crowds had materialized by noon local time.

8:25 p.m.
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Far-right activist Baked Alaska arrested over alleged role in Capitol riot

Far-right media personality Anthime Joseph Gionet, who goes by the nickname “Baked Alaska,” was arrested by the FBI in Houston on Friday for his involvement in a mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department announced.

Gionet faces federal charges of knowingly entering or remaining in any restricted building and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds.

Gionet live-streamed his entry into the Capitol building during a 27-minute video and can be seen on the recording chanting “Patriots are in control” and urging the protesters not to leave the building, according to the FBI.

He also called an officer an “oath breaker” and identified himself to law enforcement as the “media.”

At one point, according to the FBI, Gionet sits on a couch and places his feet on a table. He encourages others not to break anything, according to court documents.

Gionet is a former BuzzFeed employee turned far-right media personality, according to Vice.

Gionet was banned from YouTube in October after he uploaded a video in which he harassed food store workers for wearing masks. He was also banned from Twitter for content that violated the platform’s hateful conduct policies.

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Son of small-town police chief said he was part of Capitol riot

ABERDEEN, Md. — The young man’s gleeful declaration began spreading through his neighbors’ Facebook feeds Jan. 7, the day after President Trump incited a mob of rabid followers to invade the U.S. Capitol. The post’s author announced he had been among them.

“Yeah, I stormed the Capitol. Yeah, I took my country back,” Christian Trabert, dressed in a red, white and blue snow cap, wrote above a photo of himself and five friends standing outside, his finger pointed toward the building’s Corinthian columns. “And no, I don’t feel bad. I feel great!”

When Linda Iser looked at the image and who had posted it, she struggled to process what she was seeing. Hundreds of young men had taken part in the deadly insurrection, but this one was from her community, the place in Maryland she had called home for half a century. Trabert, 24, had even gone to the same school as her two daughters, Aberdeen High. She felt ashamed, but also indignant, because of who Trabert is: the son of Aberdeen’s police chief.

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D.C. streets around National Mall are locked down ahead of inauguration

For those who want to witness the moment Joseph R. Biden Jr. is sworn in as the 46th president of the United States, your best bet is to watch from home.

Federal and local officials are discouraging people from traveling to the nation’s capital Wednesday for Biden’s inauguration or for any other nonessential business.

In fact, it will be close to impossible to make it to the Mall this week. The city is physically on lockdown until after the inauguration. Barricades and fences are up, creating a restricted zone to keep out vehicular and pedestrian traffic from a wide strip of downtown and monumental Washington.