FBI Says Hundreds More Will Be Charged Over Riots

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"In addition to that, we're looking at and taking a priority with cases in which weapons were involved and cases in which destructive devices were involved".

Sherwin said this includes individuals who potentially committed crimes inside or outside the Capitol grounds.

Earlier that day, President Trump had held a rally in which he encouraged his supporters to walk to the Capitol and "fight like hell" in an effort to disrupt the certification of President-elect Joe Biden's November victory.

Five people, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer, died in the unprecedented attack. "We immediately shared that information". Agents, he said, "are scrubbing video, we're talking to witnesses, we're talking to individuals that we arrest". This impeachment is causing tremendous anger, and they're doing it, and it's really a awful thing that they're doing. "They had explosive igniters".

"We don't know exactly why they didn't go off", he added. What was the objective of those devices being planted?

He said they were seeking information about who placed pipe bombs at the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican parties.

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"We've already charged over 70 cases", Sherwin said. "Money, travel records. Looking at disposition, movement, communication records".

The FBI and Department of Justice have given their first briefing since the siege on the US Capitol last week.

The press conference came hours after the Washington Post reported on the existence of a January 5 report from the FBI's field office in Norfolk, Virginia, that forecast, in detail, the chances for "war" in Washington the following day.

Unveiling a new sedition "strike force" staffed with national security and public corruption prosecutors, the acting U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia made clear on Tuesday that the dozens of charges made public six days after the U.S. Capitol insurrection are only a beginning.

Describing the challenge of distinguishing online "bravado" from actionable threats, D'Antuono said: "As offensive as a statement can be the FBI cannot open an investigation, without a threat of violence or alleged criminal activity".

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