Federal investigators claim they are just about ready to start slapping protesters from the Capitol riot with sedition charges as their probe has grown to over 400 suspects. They are using all the resources at hand and are encouraging family members to turn on and report their relatives who took part in the riot. Charges will range from misdemeanors to sedition, law enforcement officials stated Tuesday.
The head of the FBI’s Washington field office, Steven D’Antuono, told media on a conference call that the agency is working “night and day” to examine the more than 200,000 digital media tips sent to the FBI. The feds are focused on locating every individual who breached the Capitol building on Jan. 6 when protesters broke in, forcing politicians to scurry and hide in fear of their lives. The incident occurred during the certification of the Electoral College votes for the presidency.
D’Antuono also pointed out that there have been more than 500 grand jury subpoenas and search warrants issued.
Those who are deemed to have taken part in a conspiracy and were part of planning the attack could be charged with sedition. Others high up on their list are those that violently assaulted police officers, which ended in the eventual death of one officer and injuring dozens more.
Acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia Michael Sherwin is saying that there are currently 40 cases related to attacks on police officers. That includes both the Metropolitan Police Department and federal officers. He predicted the number will drastically increase as further investigations move forward.
Tuesday, Yogananda Pittman, acting chief of the U.S. Capitol Police, apologized to lawmakers on the House Appropriations Committee, which oversees the agency’s funding, for her agency’s failures during what she referred to as a “terrorist attack.”
Pittman said the agency was aware that armed groups and white supremacists would be at the scheduled demonstration and that there was “a strong potential for violence and that Congress was the target.”
“The agency prepared … (but) we did not do enough,” she told them.
D’Antuono warned that the suspect who is wanted for planting pipe bombs outside the offices of the Democratic and Republican National Committees just blocks away from the Capitol building is still at large. The FBI is offering a $75,000 reward for information leading to the identification, arrest, and prosecution of anyone who was involved.
Officials are also looking for those who specifically targeted journalists and members of the media.
Over 150 people have now been charged with federal crimes in connection to the riot.
Misdemeanor charges for trespassing and felonies related to civil disorder can get those charged up to five years in prison. More severe charges include obstruction of justice and government proceedings. That charge can result in a 20-year prison sentence.
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Acting DC US Attorney Michael Sherwin:
• 150 federal cases charged so far…
• "We have NO manpower issues here, and arrests from the insurrection are on the INCLINE."#breaking @WUSA9 @CBSNews
— Mike Valerio (@MikevWUSA) January 26, 2021
“We are closely looking at evidence related to the sedition charges,” D’Antuono conveyed. “It’s a significant… you’re talking 20-year felonies. With enhancements, you’re looking at significant time in prison. Yes, we’re working on those cases, and I think those results will bear fruit very soon.”
“Regardless of the level of criminal conduct, we’re not selectively only targeting or tried to charge the most significant crime,” Sherwin stated. “If a crime was committed, we are charging you regardless if you are outside or inside the Capitol to include misdemeanors.”
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