Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson says national security officials are “very definitely” concerned about violent demonstrations breaking out at both parties’ national conventions this month.
“I am concerned about the possibility of violence,” Johnson said Thursday at a hearing on Capitol Hill. “I think we have to be concerned about things getting out of hand, very definitely.”
House Homeland Security Chairman Mike McCaul (R-Texas) questioned Johnson and other top national security officials about what they are doing to protect against “fringe groups” that have “directed people to come to Cleveland and bring their weapons.”
Johnson said he will personally inspect security measures in Cleveland on Friday and in Philadelphia on July 22.
The Homeland Security Department plans to deploy about 3,000 security agents to each event, including personnel from the Secret Service, the Transportation Security Administration, Homeland Security Investigations, Customs and Border Protection, the National Protection and Programs Directorate and the Coast Guard.
On top of that DHS presence, Johnson said there will be “at least another thousand or so” federal security personnel at both locations, as well as National Guard troops and state and local law enforcement.
“There will be a lot of security and a lot of preparation in place,” the secretary told lawmakers
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