(ConservativePeak)- Those who stormed the U.S. Capitol building last week are not getting away with it.
On Tuesday, the Department of Justice and Federal Bureau of Investigation said they have charged more than 170 people for their actions at the riot at the Capitol so far. The investigations have only just begun, though, they said, and are gaining momentum with each day.
Steve D’Antuono, who serves as the assistant director in charge of the Washington field office for the FBI, said:
“The men and women of the FBI will leave no stone unturned in this investigation. This is a 24/7 full-bore extensive operation into what happened that day.”
The FBI has appealed to the public for help in identifying some of the people who participated in the riot. They have released photos of the suspects, and have since received upward of 100,000 pieces of digital evidence that they are currently going through.
“The FBI has a long memory and a broad reach. Agents and our partners are on the streets investigating leads not only here in the D.C. area, but also the country through the FBI’s 56 field offices.
“Even if you’ve left D.C., FBI agents from our local field offices will be knocking on your door if we find out that you were part of the criminal activity at the Capitol.”
It’s not just the fact that the FBI and DOJ are undertaking a massive nationwide investigation into the people involved at the riots at the Capitol. It’s that they are pursuing some extremely serious charges, which include sedition.
Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for the District of Washington, said the Capitol being the center of a crime scene was “unprecedented” in the history of America. He also said he believed there were eventually be hundreds of criminal cases brought that would include thousands of witnesses.
Sherwin discussed the process of the investigations when he said:
“This is not going to be solved overnight. It’s not going to be solved within the coming weeks. It’s not going to be solved within the coming months. This is going to be a long-term investigation, and rest assured, the Bureau, the Department of Justice, all the U.S. attorneys across the United States that are assisting these investigations, everyone is in for the long haul.”
While 170 charges have already been released related to the riots, Sherwin said that number could grow significantly in just the next few weeks. The potential charges will likely range anywhere from theft, simple trespass and assault, to civil rights excessive force investigation and felony murder.
“This is only the beginning. So, after these criminal charges are filed via criminal complaint, that allows … law enforcement across the United States to arrest people from Dallas to Arkansas to Nashville to Cleveland to Jacksonville. Regardless of it was just a trespass in the Capitol or if someone planted a pipe bomb, you will be charged and you will be found.”