Federal prosecutors considering sedition, conspiracy charges for Capitol rioters

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Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, tells reporters that his office has opened more than 170 cases related to the U.S. Capitol siege, at a conference held at the Department of Justice on January 12, 2021.

Federal Bureau of Investigation assistant director Steven D'Antuono, who spoke alongside Sherwin at Tuesday's news conference, said the Federal Bureau of Investigation is pursuing information about a person or people who helped to plant pipe bombs outside the Republican and Democratic headquarters last week.

"And that's just the tip of the iceberg", D'Antuono said. He added that he anticipates the number of opened subject files "to grow to the hundreds in the next coming weeks".

President Donald Trump released a statement Wednesday calling for "no violence" at demonstrations planned for the week of Inauguration Day.

A strong and clear condemnation of violence is something that Republican lawmakers have been urging the president to deliver since a mob of extremists stormed the U.S. Capitol last week as lawmakers worked to certify the November 3 election results.

The announcement came days after a crowd of Trump supporters stormed the US Capitol in an assault that left five people dead. - Demonstrators breeched security and entered the Capitol as Congress debated the a 2020 presidential election Electoral Vote Certification.

Sherwin said this includes individuals who potentially committed crimes inside or outside the Capitol grounds.

"Their only marching orders from me are to build sedition and conspiracy charges related to the most heinous acts that occurred in the Capitol, and these are significant charges that have felonies with a prison terms of up to 20 years", Sherwin said.

"We've already charged over 70 cases", Sherwin said. "We immediately shared that information".

He said they were seeking information about who placed pipe bombs at the headquarters of the Democratic and Republican parties.

The FBI official noted that a leader of the right-wing Proud Boys was arrested the night before the rally and said "other individuals were identified in other parts of the country and their travel subsequently disrupted".

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