New Jersey Congresswoman Raising Concerns About Tours At Capitol Prior To RiotsBy CBSNewYork Team

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — The FBI is warning police across the country about possible attacks on state capitols ahead of Inauguration Day.

New York City is sending 200 officers to Washington to assist with the inauguration. This comes as more arrests are made for last week’s breach of the U.S. Capitol.

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The FBI says cell phone video allegedly shows retired Pennsylvania firefighter Robert Sanford throwing a fire extinguisher that hit three officers in their heads at the Capitol.

Pictures show him wearing a hat with the Chester department’s logo that day.

The 55-year-old is facing several charges, including assaulting the officers.


The FBI is investigating coordination among attackers. Videos from last week show people acting together to breach the Capitol and attack police, including a line of men seen moving up the steps wearing military-style vests and helmets.

“When I began to hear the reports that there were military people involved, veterans involved in the group that attacked the Capitol, that there were police involved in the group that attacked and how organized it was,” New Jersey Congresswoman Mikie Sherrill said. “It seemed as if they were gathering intelligence then.”

Watch CBS2’s Extended Interview With Congresswoman Sherrill —

Sherrill, a former Navy helicopter pilot, first sounded the alarm about tours being given at the Capitol the day before the riot. Her chief of staff called the Sergeant at Arms on Jan. 5.

“A group of 10 to 15 people inside the Capitol complex,” Sherill said. “Just looked like they supported the president, MAGA hats and Trump things.”

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Wednesday, more than 30 members of Congress signed a letter demanding an investigation into these tours.

“Since March, because of COVID-19, the building has been closed to the public, so it is easy to note when there’s a real departure from that,” Rep. Abigail Spanberger, of Virginia, said.

“Are you able to identify those members of congress who you saw giving tours on January 5th?” CBS2’s Alice Gainer asked Sherill.

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“You know, I spoke to some investigators about that, but I’m not talking about that publicly because it now is under investigation,” Sherill said.

Sherrill says she has already spoken to the FBI and would also not say how many members were giving tours.

The acting House and Senate Sergeants at Arms and the Capitol Police did not return a request for comment.

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Security around government buildings all over the country is being stepped up, including New York City.

“I think you’ll see additional police resources around City Hall between the 17th and the 20th. Not because we have specific intelligence or any information that there will be activity there, but out of an abundance of caution,” said John Miller, NYPD deputy commissioner for counterterrorism and intelligence.

“We’re in a somewhat unique period of time, unfortunately, in terms of the threats of violence and the level of threats,” former New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton said.

As CBS2’s Cory James reports, a federal intelligence bulletin viewed by CBS News warn the attack on the Capitol could be a significant driver of violence for armed militia groups and racist extremists who wish to disrupt the historic day for President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris.

“We are seeing an extensive amount of concerning online chatter … We evaluate those threats and what kind of resources to deploy against them,” FBI Director Christopher Wray said.

Thursday, Vice President Mike Pence attended an inauguration security briefing at FEMA headquarters.

“We are committed to an orderly transition and to a safe inauguration. The American people deserve nothing less,” Pence said.

“Anybody who plots or attempts violence in the coming week should count on a visit,” Wray said.

So far, the FBI says they have arrested more than 100 people for recent criminal activities and last week’s attack at the Capitol.

CBS2’s Alice Gainer and Cory James contributed to this report.

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