DOJ Says Those Involved in Capitol Riot ‘Will be Held Accountable’

The Department of Justice and FBI gave an update on the massive investigation into the the breach at the U.S. Capitol last week. So far, more than 170 people have been identified and over 70 charged in connection to the riot. While some face crimes such as simple trespass, theft, weapons possession and assault, others have been tied to felony murder, sedition and conspiracy, which carry up to 20 years in prison. The Acting U.S. Attorney for D.C. also foresees thousands of potential witnesses and hundreds of criminal cases are still to come. In the meantime, federal authorities are also preparing for more potential violence with one week left to go before President-elect Biden’s inauguration. In Washington D.C., where the threats of more violence are greatest, they’ve erected temporary, nonscalable walls around major government buildings such as Capitol Hill and the Pentagon. As the city remains under an emergency declaration, they’ve also shut down entire streets and deployed at least 15,000 National Guard members.