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Last week, a pro-Trump mob stormed the U.S. Capitol in the United States has already led to charges against 70 people, according to the acting U.S. prosecutor in Washington, who said he expects the number to “grow to hundreds.”
At the first public briefing of the Justice Department and the FBI since last Wednesday’s riot, acting U.S. attorney Michael Sherwin and FBI field office director in Washington Stephen D’Antuno outlined what Sherwin called a long-term investigation.
“Everyone is on the road for long distances,” Sherwin said.
He said his office has already opened 170 case files on people who have potentially committed crimes in the Capitol or on the Capitol grounds.
He said the crimes included “everything from breach, to theft of mail, to theft of digital devices in the Capitol, to assault of local officers, federal officials both outside and inside the Capitol, to the theft of potential national security information or national defense information, to crime, even investigations into excessive force of civil rights. “
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Sherwin added: “The scope of the cases and criminal acts we are considering is really mind-boggling.”
He said what he called a “strike force” was set up to build riots and conspiracy cases against some suspects.
“We are looking at significant crimes related to riots and conspiracies,” related to the most heinous acts that have taken place in the Capitol, Sherman said. Such charges, he said, carry up to 20 years in prison.
Capitol Hill lawmakers were briefed on Tuesday on the security situation by representatives of the Secret Service, the Department of Defense and the Department of Homeland Security.
During a briefing Monday, US Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pitman told Democrats of Parliament about three separate threats against the Capitol, according to a Democratic aide.
In addition, the FBI Field Office in Norfolk sent a situation report on Jan. 5 to the FBI Field Office in Washington, warning of online calls for violence in Washington on Jan. 6, an FBI official familiar with the report told Ryan Lucas from NPR.
The report is based on an online stream discussing calls for violence, but has not been confirmed for action or operational information that has been confirmed, the official said on condition of anonymity.
The field office in Washington shared the information with its law enforcement partners in the DC region.
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