FBI warned law enforcement of violent plans before Capitol riot; 170 suspects under investigation in Jan. 6 insurrection. The FBI issued a dire internal warning on the day before the Capitol riots that violent extremists were planning an armed uprising in Washington that the attackers described as "War," officials confirmed Tuesday. Information about the explicit advance warnings came as officials described a sprawling criminal investigation that now includes more than 170 suspects, some of whom could be charged with sedition. Federal authorities have not ruled out that some in the mob may have intended to take lawmakers hostage. Ref. USAToday.
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Feds walk back claims outlined in court documents that Capitol rioters meant to 'capture and assassinate' elected officials. Federal authorities said Friday that there is "No direct evidence of kill and capture teams" among the Capitol rioters, walking back claims outlined in court documents that attackers sought to apprehend and "Assassinate elected officials." Arizona federal prosecutors made the assertion, but acting D.C. U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin suggested that there was a disconnect among federal authorities or that local prosecutors acted on information that was not known to officials in Washington. Ref. USAToday.
Someone does not like the connection being made from the rioters to the officials both in and outside of the capitol. I hope the new director, whomever that is, will go deep with the investigation.
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Capitol rioters meant to 'capture and assassinate' elected officials, federal prosecutors say. Rioters who stormed the United States Capitol during the count of the state-certified Electoral College vote intended to "Capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States Government," federal prosecutors said in court documents filed late Thursday. The contention is the latest and most alarming claim from law enforcement addressing the threat posed by the mob. Source 3a.
FBI offers $100K reward for info about pipe bombs placed night before Capitol riots. The FBI on Friday released new images and details related to two pipe bombs discovered at the time of the Capitol riots Jan. 6 and increased the potential reward for information from $75,000 to $100,000. An unknown individual placed the bombs at the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee headquarters in Washington the night of Jan. 5, the FBI said. Source 6q.
I hope they find whomever was responsible because we certainly don't want America to become like the middle east with IDEs everywhere.
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'We needed more support': Capitol Police officer speaks out on leadership letdowns, lack of planning before insurrection. A US Capitol Police officer and union official injured in the Jan. 6 attack said officers weren't told about the potential for violence and weren't equipped to defend themselves. Ref. USAToday.
6 more people associated with extremist Oath Keepers — residents of Florida, N.C. And Ohio — are charged in Capitol riot conspiracy case. Six more defendants, including two married couples, were added to a federal conspiracy case Friday accusing associates of the para-military Oath Keepers group with coordinating their alleged roles in the deadly assault on the Capitol last month. One of them allegedly wrote online before the assault: "Trump said It's gonna be wild!! ... He wants us to make it WILD that's what he's saying." Ref. USAToday.