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275 cases open in Capitol riot investigation, US prosecutors say

January 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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US investigators have opened up 275 cases and charged roughly 98 individuals in connection to last week's pro-Donald Trump riot at the US Capitol, federal officials said Friday, emphasizing they are focused on rounding up the most violent offenders.

(CNN)US investigators have opened up 275 cases and charged roughly 98 individuals in connection to last week's pro-Donald Trump riot at the US Capitol, federal officials said Friday, emphasizing they are focused on rounding up the most violent offenders.

Shocking new details show the riot last week was extraordinarily violent and posed mortal danger to the top members of the US government.

Law enforcement officials did not deny they are investigating allegations that Capitol Police and lawmakers were involved in the riot.

Some of the individuals who breached the Capitol intended to "capture and assassinate elected officials," federal prosecutors wrote in a new court filing.

Vice President Mike Pence also came closer than initially known to the mob, according to new reporting from The Washington Post that stresses the level of danger he and other government leaders faced during the January 6 insurrection.

Pence, per the Post, remained in the Senate chamber for about 14 minutes after Capitol Police reported the initial attempted breach of the building.

Authorities are investigating a growing number of current law enforcement officers who allegedly participated in the riots.

"Unfortunately as this case goes on we're seeing indications that law enforcement officers, both former and current, maybe who have been off duty, participating in this riot activity," Sherwin said.

Two police officers from Rocky Mount, Virginia, were arrested Thursday on federal charges relating to the riot, Sherwin said.

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