Dozens of people charged in connection with the violence include far-right members Proud Boys and Oath Keepers.
The US Department of Justice has accused more than 300 people of participating in the deadly assault on Capitol Hill by supporters of former President Donald Trump, and at least 280 have been arrested, the Deputy Attorney General said on Friday. Acting John Carlin to Reporters.
“The investigation of those responsible is advancing at an unprecedented speed and scale, and with good reason,” Carlin said. “Those responsible are to be held accountable, and they will be.”
Acting Capitol Police Chief Yogananda Pittman Thursday Told Lawmakers Trump supporters had indicated may wish to blow up the building. Pittman expressed fear that violent groups would target Congress during a speech by President Joe Biden.
On Friday, a senior FBI official, responding to questions about the threat, said the office “is watching very closely any reaction from individuals who show either an intention to carry out an attack or someone who has already committed one.” “.
The FBI has investigated whether extreme right-wing fringe groups such as the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys conspired in advance to prevent voter certification.
So far, at least 18 Proud Boys associates have been accused in connection with the riots. This month, prosecutors too accused nine associates of the Oath Keepers in an alleged plot to storm the Capitol dating back to November 2020.
The senior FBI official told reporters that domestic extremists have increasingly posed serious threats for several years, and said anti-government extremist threats are the biggest threat in 2020 and remain a major concern.
“2020 has been a very big year for us. The violent reaction to a mix of events that unfolded in the country is unlike anything we have seen in decades, ”the official said, noting that three of the four fatal attacks carried out nationally were from people who attribute to an “anti-government or violent extremist anti-authority ideology”.