Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer on Tuesday called for authorities to add the Capitol rioters to a national no-fly list to prevent more clashes at the Jan. 20 inauguration and in the run-up.
The New York Democrat says in a Tuesday press release that he spoke with FBI Director Christopher Wray and “made [the] case for ‘no fly’ inclusion.”
Schumer will host a press conference shortly to “demand the feds place individuals who entered and stormed the U.S. Capitol just days ago, during an insurrection incited by President Trump, on the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) ‘NO FLY’ list in order to contain possible future threats,” his office said in the release.
“Schumer will say many who stormed the Capitol — the ‘demonstrators’ — meet the criteria to be placed on the federal security list as ‘threats to the homeland’ and adding these individuals to the list ahead of Jan. 20th, the inauguration, makes sense given continued threats of violence across online mediums and the federal government’s own concerns. Many who stormed the Capitol traveled from afar and some were later arrested in airports when they landed — far from Washington.”
Arrests are being conducted across the country as the FBI searches out members of the thousands-strong crowd of Trump supporters who smashed into the Capitol, resulting in five deaths Wednesday.
The riot disrupted but ultimately did not prevent certification of President-elect Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College.
As Trump supporters returned to their homes across the country, protesting continued in midair and in airports, where activists hectored legislators. A group of Trump backers flying to Phoenix chanted “USA! USA!” inside their airplane and were threatened by their pilot with being dropped off in Kansas, Trump supporter Mindy Robinson tweeted.
Trump told a sea of supporters near the White House that the election was stolen by fraud and that they should march on Congress to persuade Republicans to reverse Biden’s win. House Democrats plan to impeach Trump this week, alleging he incited the mob, which he denies.