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Security fencing outside the U.S. Capitol ahead of a planned "Justice for J6" rally in Washington, D.C.. Photo: Stefani Reynolds/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Multiple congressional offices will be closed Friday amid security precautions ahead of Saturday's rally in support of jailed Jan. 6 rioters, aides who have been instructed to work remotely tell Axios.

Why it matters: As the U.S. Capitol faces its first large-scale security test since the deadly attack, House and Senate offices are taking precautionary measures to protect staff as well as lawmakers.

  • 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 the high-alert status, members of congressional leadership say they're confident in the security preparations and intelligence they've been receiving.

  • After a briefing by Manger to 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."
  • Neither the House nor Senate is voting or meeting over the weekend.

Worth noting: The Committee on House Administration has issued guidance to member offices encouraging them to work remotely Friday. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's staff will be remote.

The intrigue: While no sitting member of Congress was expected to attend the rally, some GOP candidates planned to participate.

Editor's note: This post was updated to include a guidance from the Committee on House Administration.

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Florida man who paraded Pelosi's lectern on Jan. 6 pleads guilty

Adam Johnson in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol Building on Jan. 6. Photo: Win McNamee/Getty Images

The Florida man who paraded around the Capitol on Jan. 6 with Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif.) lectern pleaded guilty on Monday to entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds, the Washington Post reports.

Driving the news: Under the plea deal, prosecutors have agreed to toss out charges related to theft of government property and violent entry on Capitol grounds.

Ex-Theranos CEO describes alleged abuse by former boyfriend and company exec

Illustration: Aïda Amer/Axios

On her fourth day of trial testimony, ex-Theranos CEO Elizabeth Holmes described her 10-year romantic relationship with former president Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani as controlling, and said he would sometimes "force me to have sex with him when I didn’t want to."

Why it matters: While Balwani has also been similarly charged with fraud, the two are being tried separately, in part because some of Holmes' defense hinges on blaming him.

Amazon ordered to redo union vote in Alabama

Photo: Patrick Pleul/picture alliance via Getty Images

A U.S. National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) official on Monday called for a re-vote in a union election at an Amazon warehouse in Bessemer, Alabama.

Why it matters: The move could set the stage for another organizing drive at the e-commerce giant, which has, so far, fought off unionizing efforts in the U.S.