The US Department of Justice reported Tuesday that has already indicted more than 70 people, But he expects the figure to rise to “several hundred” due to the “unprecedented” attack on the Capitol last Wednesday by a mob of supporters of outgoing President Donald Trump.
“We are targeting significant charges of sedition and conspiracy “, Michael Sherwin, acting federal prosecutor in the District of Columbia, where Washington is located, said at a press conference, highlighting the seriousness of the chaotic day that occurred last Wednesday, which left five deceased people, among them a policeman.
Sherwin assured that they have already opened more than 170 investigations against individuals who have been identified as potentially responsible for “crimes inside and outside the Capitol,” and noted that the range of criminal cases and conduct they are analyzing “is really mind-blowing. “
“The magnitude of this investigation will require a lot of work and effort. It is not going to be resolved overnight or in the next few hours, it is going to take a long time, “he added.
The interim prosecutor specified that “This is just the beginning” by detailing that they will begin by presenting the simplest charges and that later, through criminal complaints, they will seek arrest people in different parts of the country.
Specifically, he pointed out that they have formed a force of prosecutors who will be in charge of working on charges of sedition and conspiracy “related to the most heinous acts that occurred on Capitol Hill, “where Trump supporters stormed as lawmakers proceeded to certify the electoral victory of Democrat Joe Biden.
The sedition charges, he argued, can carry a penalty of up to 20 years in jail.
“Not a stone left unturned”
For his part, the head of the FBI’s Washington office, Steven D’Antuono, assured in the same press conference that “the brutality that the American people saw shocked and incredulous” on January 6 “It will not be tolerated by the FBI.”
“The men and women of the FBI will leave no stone unturned in this investigation,” added D’Antuono, noting that in just six days have opened more than 160 cases and that this is only “the tip of the iceberg”.
D’Antuono assured that they have received more than 100,000 digital parts on the attack against the complex of the US Legislative and sentenced, addressing possible participants in that event, that this is an “opportunity” to appear before the authorities.
He also announced a $ 50,000 reward for those who offer information that allows to identify those responsible for the attack.
Asked about a possible plan for take congressmen hostage, the official did not rule out or ratify the version, indicating that they are watching “from all angles.”
The newspaper The Washington Post revealed this Tuesday that an internal FBI report alerted a day before the assault on the Capitol that a group of extremists was preparing to launch a “war” on Washington and commit violence against Congress.
The information contradicts statements by D’Antuono, who told reporters on Friday that the agency I had “no indication” that there was anything planned for January 6, beyond the protests of Trump supporters.