WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Capitol Police department has obtained intelligence pointing to a possible plot to "breach the Capitol by an identified militia group" on Thursday, the agency said on Wednesday. The Capitol Police statement added that it is working with local, state and federal agencies "to stop any threats to the Capitol," adding, "We are taking the intelligence seriously." No further details on the threat were provided. Thursday marks the date when some right-wing conspiracy theorists have claimed that former President Donald Trump, who was defeated in the Nov. 3 election, wil...
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Moscow's military build-up on the border with Ukraine is even bigger than in 2014 when Russia invaded Crimea, a Pentagon spokesman said Monday, describing the deployment as "very seriously concerning."
While the European Union's foreign policy chief Josep Borrell cited a figure of 150,000 Russian soldiers on the Ukrainian border, before his own services scaled that figure back without explanation to 100,000, US Defense Department spokesman John Kirby declined to name a specific figure.
"It is the largest buildup we've seen certainly since 2014, which resulted in the violation of Ukrainian sovereignty and territorial integrity," Kirby told a news conference. "It is certainly bigger than the last one in 2014."
"I'm not going to get into specific numbers or troop formations in terms of the Russian buildup," he said.
"We do continue to see that buildup, (it's), as it was before, very seriously concerning to us," Kirby said.
"We don't believe that this buildup is conducive to security and stability along the border with Ukraine and certainly not in occupied Crimea."
"We certainly heard the Russians proclaim that this is all about training," he added. "It's not completely clear to us that that's exactly the purpose."
A Ukrainian soldier was killed and another wounded on Sunday in clashes with separatists in the east of the country, where such confrontations have increased amid renewed tensions with Moscow.
Ukraine fears that the Kremlin, widely regarded as the military and political godfather of pro-Russian separatists in the eastern region of Donbass, is looking for a pretext to attack.
Moscow has said it is "not threatening anyone" while also denouncing what it calls Ukrainian "provocations."
The war in Donbass has claimed more than 13,000 lives, and nearly 1.5 million people have been displaced since it started seven years ago in the wake of Moscow's annexation of Ukraine's Crimean peninsula.
In an interview with ABC News' Pierre Thomas on "World News Tonight" released on Monday, Attorney General Merrick Garland discussed his experience prosecuting the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing — and warned that the anger and extremism that fueled that mass casualty event is still out there in the United States.
"There was a period after Oklahoma City where things seemed to be — at a lower level and ebbed," said Garland. "But this is the kind of problem you can never take your eyes off of. And the Justice Department is committed to being sure that we don't do that."
The Oklahoma City attack, carried out by a white supremacist extremist with a truck loaded with an explosive fertilizer compound, killed 168 people, including children in a daycare on the second floor.
Garland further compared the disaster to the 1921 Tulsa race riots that destroyed "Black Wall Street," arguing that it was the "same kind of hatred."
Kevin McCarthy destroyed for threatening Maxine Waters with censure: 'She didn't incite an insurrection'
House Republican Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) is under fire after threatening U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters (D-CA), the chair of the Financial Services Committee, with censure and claiming she “broke the law.” Waters is being used by the right as a straw man after she traveled to Minnesota to speak with Black Lives Matter protestors and telling them they must continue confrontations.
“We've got to stay on the street and we've got to get more active, we've got to get more confrontational. We've got to make sure that they know that we mean business," Waters said on Saturday as activists protested the killing of 20-year old Daunte Wright by a Brooklyn Center police officer.
Waters on Monday clarified her remarks after right wing uproar.
“I talk about confronting the justice system, confronting the policing that's going on, I'm talking about speaking up. I'm talking about legislation. I'm talking about elected officials doing what needs to be done to control their budgets and to pass legislation."
But McCarthy and his far right wing extremists, including Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, went on the attack, with Greene saying she wanted to expel Waters.
“This weekend in Minnesota, Maxine Waters broke the law by violating curfew and then incited violence,” McCarthy falsely claimed. “Speaker Pelosi is ignoring Waters' behavior—that's why I am introducing a resolution to censure Rep. Waters for these dangerous comments.”
McCarthy’s motion is being seen as pure partisan politics and fundraising fodder. Social media users were furious.
Hi congressman. Anything on censuring your members for trying to create a white nationalist caucus? Or what about Matt Gaetz, given the very serious investigation relating to him? He’s still on Judiciary, right? https://t.co/N00yPmJqEO
— Joy-Ann Pro-Democracy & Masks Reid 😷 (@JoyAnnReid) April 19, 2021
The same republican party voted against impeaching Trump for inciting violence and plotting a coup pic.twitter.com/1WaETxwgwa
— ERIC JEM🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊 (@mubazieric) April 19, 2021
You were saying? https://t.co/H8jKEMsgKf pic.twitter.com/d7neFgKFpS
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) April 19, 2021
She didn't incite or support an insurrection or try to overturn the results of a valid election like you and many members of your caucus did. Nor did she storm the capital. Nor did she kill Americans by disparaging and undermining basic public health measures like wearing masks.
— Jinx in TN (@grrenshaw) April 19, 2021
Didn't Matt from Florida travel all the way to Liz Cheney's home state to degrade his colleague? Hmmm
— debbie hermens (@debbiehermens) April 19, 2021
Insurrection-excuser and MAGA riot enabler Kevin McCarthy proposing to censure Maxine Waters is laughable.
Take the beam out of your own eye first, Republicans. Your caucus has party members that have approved of KILLING members of the opposite party. https://t.co/DmstOXCFJA pic.twitter.com/3Un3tiXG9e
— AJ (@Wavinator) April 19, 2021This you with the Big Insurrectionist Liar, Kev? pic.twitter.com/HsnJTKPQVZ
— George “WEAR A MASK & WASH YOUR HANDS” Scriban (@scriban2) April 19, 2021And you’ve ignored Gym Jordan, Matt Gaetz, Devin Nunes, Lauren Boebert, Marjorie Green, and countless other’s in your caucus. So how about you stay in your lane and fix yourself. https://t.co/LI3ICrp7IG
— Nicholas Elavsky (@Th3N1ck) April 19, 2021He's just deflecting so people miss the fact that Russia collusion was verified last week. pic.twitter.com/Kn1MMh2FM8
— 🌎🌍🌏 (@thisreallyis) April 19, 2021
You were there when riots happened at the Capitol, traitor. https://t.co/2JqH32enIJ
— For the love of Falkor (@Culinary_orgasm) April 19, 2021Sit this one out, Kevin. https://t.co/CM3Txfk4Id
— Duncan Smith (@DuncanSmithNBA) April 19, 2021These people are always quick to attempt to silence black women every chance they get. Shameful.
But you cannot shame the shameless. https://t.co/Cv1ZZB1BR6
— José Angel (@gastlichu) April 19, 2021Slap her on the hand if you think you must Kev, but you have guilty AF insurrectionists IN CONGRESS STILL
Time for consequences for those who tried to overthrow democracy https://t.co/QNlPirIHXL
— Kelly D is Pfizerized (@KellDA) April 19, 2021
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