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FBI Monitoring ‘Concerning Online Chatter’ of Potential Threats Ahead of Inauguration Day

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FBI Monitoring ‘Concerning Online Chatter’ of Potential Threats Ahead of Inauguration Day

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FBI Director Chris Wray on Thursday said the bureau was monitoring an “extensive amount of concerning online chatter” related to potential threats leading up to the presidential inauguration on Jan. 20. Wray gave the update during a security briefing for Vice President Mike Pence as part of preparations for the upcoming inauguration of President-Election Joe Biden. This comes amid growing concerns that the civil unrest and violence observed on Jan. 6 may repeat next week. The FBI leader said that his department was assessing incoming leads about calls for armed protests, potential threats linked to the Jan. 6 U.S. Capitol breach, and other types of potential threats. “When we talk about potential threats … we are seeing an extensive amount of concerning online chatter, is the best way I would describe it, about a number of events surrounding the inauguration,” Wray said during the briefing. “And together with our partners, …

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