At least 150 people have been charged in Capitol riot
January 26, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.
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At least 150 people have now been charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, according to a CNN review of court records and Justice Department announcements.
(CNN)At least 150 people have now been charged by federal prosecutors in connection with the January 6 insurrection at the Capitol, according to a CNN review of court records and Justice Department announcements.
It's been just under three weeks since the riot, but federal prosecutors and law enforcement continue to identify, arrest and charge individuals they say were part of it.
Many of the at least 150 defendants that CNN has identified have been charged with entering a restricted building without lawful authority and violent entry and disorderly conduct in the Capitol.
Law enforcement officials have told CNN they expect hundreds of more riot participants to be arrested in the future.
But they also say investigators have begun to focus on the more complex cases, like extremist groups that participated in the attack, and less on the low-hanging fruit arrests and charges.
There's a bottleneck as well in the DC federal court, and many haven't yet seen a judge or had their charges formally indicted.
Over the course of the riot, prosecutors say approximately 81 Capitol Police and 58 DC Metro police officers were assaulted.
Notably, at this early stage, absent among the charges that have been filed against the riot participants are sedition or insurrection.
The flurry of arrests and charges takes place against the backdrop of the new Biden administration beginning to take the reins of the Justice Department, which could speak to their continued absence.
Filing such major charges would likely require sign-off from the new Biden administration officials at Justice headquarters, which is currently led by acting Attorney General Monty Wilkinson and acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin.