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Investigators are seeing indications that law enforcement officers participated in Capitol riot

January 15, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 13: The U.S. Capitol stands on January 13, 2021 in Washington, DC. The House of Representatives is expected to vote to impeach President Donald Trump later today, after Vice President Mike Pence declined to use the 25th amendment to remove him from office after protestors breached the U.S. Capitol last week. (Photo by Stefani Reynolds/Getty Images)

Authorities are investigating a growing number of current law enforcement officers who allegedly participated in the Capitol Hill riot last week, Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, said in a news conference Friday.

Authorities are investigating a growing number of current law enforcement officers who allegedly participated in the Capitol Hill riot last week, Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, said in a news conference Friday.

Investigators are working "day and night," he said, and the FBI has arrested more than 40 people, with many others having self-surrendered to law enforcement.

He said he has confidence in the Secret Service and others to ensure the safety of the inauguration, but that this year was always going to be different than previous inauguration celebrations due to the pandemic.

GOP Sen. Lindsey Graham said President Trump not attending President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration “maybe that’s best now given the situation we’re in. ”

Graham, a staunch Trump ally, said he thinks the President will continue to be an “important voice in the Republican party for as long as he’s around” and said he told the President this morning to “use that power wisely,” during a live stream held by WSPA 7News with reporters on Friday.

MaryAnn Tierney, regional administrator for the Federal Emergency Management Agency, said President Trump's authorization of an emergency declaration has allowed for additional resources, including the deployment of incident management teams to Washington, DC, Maryland and Virginia.

Following the Capitol siege, Bowser asked Trump for an emergency declaration in order to get additional funding for President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration as safety concerns mounted following the US Capitol breach.

Oklahoma Gov. Kevin Stitt said he's "activating over 75 members of the Oklahoma National Guard to assist local law enforcement should any protests at the State Capitol, or other locations, turn violent. "

Four hundred members of the Oklahoma National Guard and airmen are also heading to Washington, DC, to assist local law enforcement there, Stitt said Thursday.

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