Multiple Senate offices are planning to close Friday amid security concerns around Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, a series of senate aides who were told to work remotely on Friday tell Axios.
Why it matters: The Capitol this weekend will face its first large-scale security test since the deadly Jan. 6 attack. In the meantime, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to ensure their staff remains safe.
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Fencing around the Capitol was re-installed late Wednesday, and is expected to be removed shortly after the rally if conditions allow, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Manger said earlier this week.
What we're hearing: Despite congressional offices and Capitol Police being on high alert ahead of the demonstration, leadership say they're confident in the security preparations and intelligence they've been receiving around the rally.
Following a briefing from Manger with the "Big 4" leaders on Monday, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer said USCP "seemed very, very well-prepared. Much better prepared than before Jan. 6. I think they're ready for whatever might happen."
House and Senate members are also on recess, lowering the level of risk, they say.
As of now, no members of Congress are expected to attend the rally, though some GOP candidates have plans to participate.
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