The FBI and DOJ are investigating ‘significant felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy’ after the Capitol riot

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Pro-Trump protesters look on during clashes with Capitol police at a rally to contest the certification of the 2020 U.S. presidential election results by the U.S. Congress, at the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, U.S, January 6, 2021.
  • Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, said Tuesday that the FBI and Justice Department are looking into "significant felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy" after the Capitol riot.
  • The "scope and scale" of the Capitol riot probe is unprecedented in FBI and DOJ history, Sherwin said at a press conference.
  • He added that his office has opened more than 170 subject files so far and charged 70 cases, but prosectors expect that number to "grow into the hundreds."
  • Steven D'Antuono, the assistant director in charge of the FBI's field office in Washington, DC, said the bureau has opened 160 case files and "that's just the tip of the iceberg," adding that FBI agents have received more than 100,000 "pieces of digital media" to investigate.
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The FBI and Justice Department are investigating an unprecedented number of cases and criminal conduct after last week's deadly riot at the US Capitol, officials said Tuesday.

Investigators are focusing particularly on "significant felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy," Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, said at a news conference. He added that prosecutors are also looking into cases involving weapons and destructive devices, and cases that involved attacks on law enforcement and members of the media.

Steve D'Antuono, the assistant director in charge of the bureau's Washington, DC, field office, also said the office has opened 160 case files and "that's just the tip of the iceberg." He added that agents have received over 100,000 "pieces of digital media" and are "scouring every one for investigative and digital leads."

Sherwin said the "scope and scale" of the Capitol riot investigation is unprecedented in FBI and DOJ history.

"The Capitol grounds, outside and inside, are essentially a crime scene," Sherwin said. He added that there were "thousands of potential witnesses" and "hundreds" of potential cases that could arise as a result.

The US attorney's office in DC has opened more than 170 subject files, Sherwin said, which means "these individuals have been identified as potential persons that committed crimes on the Capitol grounds, outside and inside." More than 70 cases have been charged so far, and that number may "grow into the hundreds," Sherwin said.

He also said the range of criminal conduct resulting from the riot was "unmatched" by anything else the FBI and DOJ have investigated, and that potential crimes that could be charged include trespassing, theft of mail, theft of digital devices inside the Capitol, assault on local and federal officers, theft of national security or national defense information, felony murder, and more.

"The gamut of cases and criminal conduct we're looking at is really mindblowing," he added.

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