The acting US attorney in Washington, DC, Michael Sherwin, told reporters that the agency is at the onset of “a long term investigation” that “is not going to be solved overnight.”
Sherwin said this includes individuals who potentially committed crimes inside or outside the Capitol grounds. He added that he anticipates the number of opened subject files “to grow to the hundreds in the next coming weeks.”
DOJ has charged ‘over 70 cases’
The agency is looking at ‘sedition and conspiracy charges’
On the types of cases that the Justice Department is charging, Sherwin said, the “gamut of cases” and misconduct that they’re looking at “is really mind-blowing.”
Looking at those charges is a “strike force” in the DC US Attorney’s Office, Sherwin added.
“Their only marching orders,” he said, are to build sedition and conspiracy charges related to “the most heinous acts that occurred in the Capitol, and these are significant charges that have felonies with a prison terms of up to 20 years.”
There was ‘open-handed combat’ with police officers
Sherwin said Tuesday the Justice Department has put an emphasis on looking into rioters who engaged in “open-handed combat” with police officers during the breach.
Pipe bombs left outside parties’ headquarters were real
D’Antuono said the bombs were real — and had timers.
“We don’t know exactly why they didn’t go off,” he added.
The FBI is considering putting some rioters on the ‘no-fly list’
Asked by CNN’s Evan Pérez about the step, D’Antuono said: “As for the no-fly list, we look at all tools and techniques that we possibly can use within the FBI and that’s something we are actively looking at.”
Looking at attacks against the press
“Some people aren’t familiar that some of those rioters specifically targeted members of the media and assaulted them,” he said. So we have assigned s pecific prosecutors in our office to focus on those cases as well. And I’m naming all these different strike forces to just emphasize regardless of who the victim was, regardless of who the perpetrator was, we’re treating all of these cases equally.”