Wednesday marks a week since the United States Capitol Riot and a week before President-elect Joe Biden takes office.
Right-wing supporters of US President Donald Trump entered the Capitol on January 6, causing shock around the world.
Washington, DC remains on high alert amid continued protests, and law enforcement continues to investigate more than 170 cases, which are expected to increase.
What charges are deposited?
FBI deputy director in charge of the Washington field office, Steven D’Antuono, told reporters at a press briefing Tuesday afternoon that more than 70 charges had been filed against alleged participants in the breach in the Capitol.
These ranged from torts largely such as curfew violations indicted by the District of Columbia Superior Court to disorderly conduct and felony conviction charged in the US District Court for DC, where sentences longer are generally guaranteed by prosecutors.
Acting U.S. DC attorney Michael Sherwin told the press conference on Tuesday, those charges are expected to reach hundreds.
“Considering the enormity of the actors that we have seen… the range of criminal behavior is unparalleled,” he said.
Sherwin said a task force is engaged in an investigation into possible charges of conspiracy and sedition, which carry heavy maximum sentences of up to 20 years.
Although some suspected rioters have left DC, authorities have received more than 100,000 digital images and videos as advice and local agents on the ground are able to apprehend the suspects, D’Antuono said.
Who were the rioters and how did it start?
The thousands of rioters were overwhelmingly Trump supporters who arrived in Washington from across the United States for a protest touting disproved electoral fraud conspiracy theories claiming the election was stolen.
They listened to a speech given by Trump in which the president said he wanted to walk with them to Capitol Hill.
Democratic lawmakers have accused Trump of “incitement” in articles of impeachment introduced in the United States House for this speech and other rhetoric.
Asset said to speak of impeachment before he leaves office is “dangerous” for the United States.
Leading characters far right and white nationalist movements were images inside the shattered Capitol, including white nationalist Tim Gionet, who goes through “Baked Alaska”, and Jake Angeli, Adept of the horned and furry QAnon conspiracy theory, whose legal name is Jacob Anthony Chansley and is said to be a veteran of the United States Navy.
Chansley was arrested on Saturday and charged.
Richard Barnett, the man pictured in the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, was arrested on Friday. Barnett described himself as a white nationalist on Facebook, Business Insider reported.
Members of the Proud Boys hardline were also seen during the riot, and some were arrested, including Chief Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, who was ordered leave DC before the protest that culminated in the insurgency.
However, police, US military and even elected officials were allegedly involved, as well as many civilians.
Two Capitol Hill police officers, one who took a selfie with the attackers and another who donned a “Make America Great Again” hat, have been hung up. About a dozen others are under internal investigation, lawmakers said.
An active-duty army officer resigned pending an investigation into his conduct during the riot.
Republican state officials – Derrick Evans, former delegate of the West Virginia House of Delegates, and Pennsylvania State Representative Doug Mastriano – cheered the protest.
Will there be more protests?
Yes. The FBI has warned that armed protests are planned in all 50 U.S. state capitals and Washington.
“Armed protests are planned in all 50 state capitals from Jan. 16 to Jan. 20 at least, and at the U.S. Capitol from Jan. 17 to Jan. 20,” the FBI said in a bulletin sent to law enforcement agencies throughout. country and consulted by The Associated. Press Agency.
The federal law enforcement agency is also tracking “various threats to harm President-elect Biden ahead of the presidential inauguration.”
The bulletin also said that “additional reports indicate threats against Vice President-elect Harris and President Pelosi.”
Where does security lie?
It took hours for the U.S. military to respond to the Capitol breach, according to a letter signed by U.S. senators.
The lack of security for the seat of US government has raised questions about how to prepare for further attempts to storm federal buildings and Biden’s inauguration.
Former Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf on Monday signed an order saying he “instructed the U.S. Secret Service to begin operations of the Special National Security Event for the 2021 inauguration onwards. Wednesday January 13 instead of January 19 “.
Trump, who has come under increasing political criticism and pressure since his pre-riot speech, authorized a declaration of emergency from the District of Columbia on Monday evening which allows the Federal Emergency Management Agency “to identify, mobilize and provide, at its discretion, the equipment and resources necessary to mitigate the effects of the ’emergency’ from January 11 to 24.
About 10,000 National Guard troops are expected to provide additional security in Washington before Biden’s inauguration on January 20.
The National Guard, a branch of the United States military, will also assist law enforcement agencies across the United States, National Guard bureau chief General Daniel Hokanson told reporters on Monday.
“We are monitoring the whole country to make sure that we are monitoring and that our guards in each state are in close coordination with their local law enforcement agencies to provide any support requested,” he said.