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At least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened after US Capitol breach, congressman says Army secretary told him

January 11, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 06: Protesters gather on the U.S. Capitol Building on January 06, 2021 in Washington, DC. Pro-Trump protesters entered the U.S. Capitol building after mass demonstrations in the nation's capital during a joint session Congress to ratify President-elect Joe Biden's 306-232 Electoral College win over President Donald Trump. (Photo by Tasos Katopodis/Getty Images)

At least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened in the wake of Wednesday's US Capitol breach that engulfed the nation's capital in chaos, Army secretary Ryan McCarthy told Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, according to a news release from the congressman's office.

Washington (CNN)At least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened in the wake of Wednesday's US Capitol breach that engulfed the nation's capital in chaos, Army secretary Ryan McCarthy told Democratic Rep. Jason Crow, according to a news release from the congressman's office.

Crow, a member of the House Armed Services committee, said McCarthy relayed the figure in a phone call Sunday and told him that long guns, Molotov cocktails, explosive devices and zipties were all recovered by authorities as a wide-ranging investigation unfurls.

CNN reached out to McCarthy regarding the call summary and did not receive an immediate response.

The list of domestic terrorism cases that have been opened add to a growing understanding of the extremist elements of the crowd that pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the Capitol Wednesday before eventually making their way into the building.

And now, as the dust settles and the country struggles to make sense of the violence that left five dead -- including an officer with the US Capitol Police -- experts warn that the calls for violence have only intensified ahead of Inauguration Day, when President-elect Joe Biden will be sworn in as commander in chief.

Crow said Sunday that McCarthy "indicated that DOD is aware of further possible threats posed by would-be terrorists in the days up to and including Inauguration Day and is working with local and federal law enforcement to coordinate security preparations. "

The Colorado Democrat also said he raised concerns to McCarthy about "reports that active duty and reserve military members were involved in the insurrection" and that he requested "expedited investigation and courts martial against those involved. "

Crow also requested "review of troops deployed for the inauguration to ensure that deployed members are not sympathetic to domestic terrorists," to which McCarthy agreed, the call summary from the congressman said.

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