FBI Director Chris Ray said the agency is tracking a large number of disturbing comments on online platforms, including calls for armed protests ahead of the inauguration of President-elect Joe Biden next week.
In his first public appearance since the Capitol riots, Ray said the FBI remains concerned about the threat of violence at protests and rallies in Washington and state capitals across the country.
He warned that during such events, armed people may find themselves in close proximity to government buildings and elected officials.
According to Ray, the FBI received a “significant” amount of information about the alleged extremists.
“We’re looking for people who might intend to repeat the violence like last week,” Ray said, adding that the FBI has identified more than 200 suspects since Jan. 6.
“We know who you are. The FBI will find you, ”he added.
More than 100 people have already been arrested, Ray said, and there are “countless” other investigations underway.
Authorities are reviewing security plans for high-risk facilities this weekend, and police in major cities are preparing to go into tactical alert if necessary.
Earlier this week, the FBI warned of possible armed protests in all 50 states.
To track threats during the inauguration, the FBI will have a 24-hour command post at headquarters in Washington and at each of its 56 field offices, Ray said.
“Our position is aggressive and it will remain so until the inauguration,” he added.