The U.S. Capitol Building has been surrounded with fencing barricades prior to the arraignment of former President Donald Trump in Washington, D.C.
On Thursday afternoon, Brendan Gutenschwager, an independent media reporter, shared video footage of the fencing, tweeting, “Fencing has gone up around the U.S. Capitol Building again, ahead of Donald Trump’s arrest and arraignment this afternoon in Washington DC.”
The installation of the fencing comes after the United States Capitol Police ordered a shelter-in-place for everyone inside the U.S. Senate office buildings Wednesday due to reports of an active shooter, which later was confirmed to have been a false alarm.
On Tuesday, the former president was indicted by a federal grand jury for conspiracy to defraud the United States, conspiracy to obstruct an official proceeding, obstruction of and attempt to obstruct an official proceeding, and conspiracy against rights.
“Despite having lost, the Defendant was determined to remain in power,” the indictment states. “So for more than two months following election day on November 3, 2020, the Defendant spread lies that there had been outcome-determinative fraud in the election and that he had actually won.”
According to Fox 5, Trump’s arraignment in D.C. was scheduled for 4 p.m. on Thursday. The former president is not expected to have a picture taken for a mugshot; however, he is expected to be fingerprinted and provide relevant processing information.
In a post on Truth Social shortly before his arraignment in D.C., Trump wrote, “I AM NOW GOING TO WASHINGTON, D.C., TO BE ARRESTED FOR HAVING CHALLENGED A CORRUPT, RIGGED, & STOLEN ELECTION. IT IS A GREAT HONOR, BECAUSE I AM BEING ARRESTED FOR YOU. MAKE AMERICA GREAT AGAIN!!!”
Trump, who is currently dominating his Republican primary challengers in national polling, also joked Thursday that all he needs is “one more indictment” to “ensure” his reelection in the 2024 presidential race.