More than 150 people have been charged with federal crimes by supporters of then-President Donald Trump during the January 6 rampage in the U.S. Capitol, the Justice Department said on Tuesday.
Investigators have investigated more than 400 people who were involved in the violent attack on U.S. lawmakers, said Michael Sherwin, the acting federal attorney for Washington.
The Justice Department believes the number of cases will continue to grow using copious amounts of video and social media recordings of the attack, as well as a variety of tips from the public.
“As we are sitting here this list is growing,” said Sherwin.
Although many of the originally announced charges of petty crime of illegal entry into the Capitol and disorderly behavior were filed, prosecutors have filed “substantial” criminal charges for most of the 150 suspects, Sherwin said.
These include attacking police officers and disrupting a federal process – the hundreds of attackers temporarily prevented lawmakers from confirming President Joe Biden’s election victory.
Such charges carry sentences ranging from five to 20 years in prison.
In addition, federal agencies are investigating a number of participants for possible conspiracy and riot allegations that could result in imprisonment of up to 20 years.
So far, three people have been charged on this basis, he said.
This case is significant, Sherwin said, because “it shows militia groups actively involved in planning and violating the Capitol.”
Steven D’Antuono, the FBI agent in charge of the investigation, said they are still looking for the person or people who dropped two pipe bombs – which did not explode – near the Capitol that day.
The FBI offered a reward of $ 75,000 in this case.
D’Antuono said the January 6 attack on U.S. lawmakers was one of the largest cases the agency has handled, earning more than 200,000 tips from the public.
“This case is challenging, complex and big,” he said.
Officials spoke as the U.S. Senate prepared to bring Trump, who resigned as president Jan. 20, on trial for inciting insurgency for allegedly promoting the attack.
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