Federal prosecutors considering sedition, conspiracy charges for Capitol rioters

Carla Harmon
January 14, 2021

The Post also reported that an advisory approved for release the day before Capitol riot included details of people sharing a map of the complex's tunnels, along with possible rally points for conspirators to meet up in Kentucky, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts and SC.

Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director Steven D'Antuono, who spoke alongside Sherwin at Tuesday's news conference, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing information about a person or people who helped to plant pipe bombs outside the Republican and Democratic headquarters last week.

"Of those 170 cases that have already been opened - and I anticipate that's going to grow to the hundreds in the coming weeks - we've already charged over 70 cases".

D'Antuono said the bombs were real - and had timers.

Asked about the rally point information, the FBI Boston office said in a statement that it "cannot confirm or deny the existence of any investigation or investigative steps at this time", and that the agency is accepting tips related to the violence.

The FBI official noted that a leader of the right-wing Proud Boys was arrested the night before the rally and said "other individuals were identified in other parts of the country and their travel subsequently disrupted".

Sherwin called criticism that authorities treated the pro-Trump mob lightly a "misconception".

He refused to accept responsibility for the actions of his supporters, who stormed Congress in an attempt to prevent the House from certifying Joe Biden's election victory, leading to the deaths of five people, including one police officer. "In addition to that we're looking and taking priority with cases in which weapons were involved and cases in which destructive devices were involved". As people know through news reports, there were pipe bombs found outside the Capitol, the ATF is working on that.

Addressing public criticism about the misdemeanor charges that greeted some of the rioters, Sherwin characterized some of these as placeholders for the more serious allegations that followed their investigation.

This is a developing story...

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