WASHINGTON — FBI brokers are scouring extra than 100,000 digital media info, and federal prosecutors maintain spent hours presenting prison cases to a Washington sizable jury, as they uncover to lift to justice these that dedicated crimes in the insurrection on the Capitol, authorities said Tuesday.
In a briefing with newshounds, Michael Sherwin, the performing U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, and Steven D’Antuono, head of the FBI’s Washington field space of job, talked about the sprawling criminal investigation designed to take these that broke the regulations, however said tiny about the intelligence and security disasters that allowed the Capitol to be overrun.
They said that the FBI had opened 160 case info, and that “right here is simplest the starting,” as Sherwin build it, outlining a substantial sequence of severe crimes that lift decadeslong penal advanced terms. The FBI and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms are investigating, as an illustration, who build two pipe bombs outdoors the Capitol with timers and detonators.
Sherwin said the variety of criminal behavior being examined is “mind blowing,” collectively with trespassing, theft of mail, and assaults on officers to theft of national security info, civil rights crimes and prison execute.
He said he fashioned a strike force of prosecutors who’re focusing simplest on the organizers and the most scandalous crimes, and any other to point of interest on assaults on the media.
“Persons are going to be disturbed” on the sum total of the costs, he said.
D’Antuono, who told newshounds Friday that the FBI had no intelligence suggesting violence modified into once brewing sooner than Jan. 6, reversed himself and acknowledged that the bureau did, if truth be told, maintain some intelligence. The bureau identified extremists who intended to commute to Washington and sought to cease them, he said, confirming a story first reported Sunday by NBC Files.
He said info about conceivable violence, gleaned from social media and human sources, modified into once shared by a bunch typically known as the Joint Terrorism Job Power, which contains the Metropolitan (D.C.) Police and Capitol Police. However a senior FBI official confirmed that the bureau did no longer command a Joint Intelligence Bulletin, a proper describe describing chance info that circulates to native regulations enforcement agencies.