WASHINGTON – FBI agents are scanning more than 100,000 digital media files, and federal prosecutors have spent hours presenting hooliganism cases to the Washington Grand Jury as they try to bring justice to criminals in the riot in the Capitol Are, officials said on Tuesday.
In a briefing with reporters, Michael Sherwin, acting District Columbia’s US Attorney, and Steven D’Antuno, head of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, discussed a massive criminal investigation designed to catch lawbreakers, but said little Regarding intelligence and security failures that allowed the Capitol to overrun.
He said the FBI had opened files of 160 cases, and that “this is only the beginning,” as Sherwin put it, outlined a large number of serious crimes that serve decades of prison terms. The FBI and Liquor Bureau, for example, are investigating tobacco and firearms, which have placed two pipe bombs outside the Capitol with timers and detonators.
Sherwin said the variety of criminal conduct being investigated is “mind-blowing”, including trespassing, theft of mail, and theft of national security information on officers, civil rights crimes and felony murder.
He said he formed a strike force of prosecutors focusing only on the organizers and the most heinous crimes and another to focus on attacks on the media.
“The total amount of charges has shocked people,” he said.
D’Antuono, who told reporters on Friday that the FBI had no intelligence suggesting violence. Violence was erupting before 6 January, he reversed himself and admitted that the bureau had indeed given some intelligence. The bureau identified extremists who intended to travel to Washington and sought to stop them, he said, confirming a story first reported Sunday by NBC News.
She said information about the potential violence, sparked by social media and human sources, was shared through a group known as the Joint Terrorism Task Force, which includes the Metropolitan (DC) Police and the Capitol Police . But a senior FBI official confirmed that the bureau did not issue a joint intelligence bulletin, a formal report containing information about the threat that is transmitted to local law enforcement agencies.