The storming of the Capitol: more than 170 people can become defendants in criminal cases


WASHINGTON – US prosecutors said they have identified more than 170 people who could face criminal charges in connection with the attack on the Capitol building last week.

And this number may reach several hundred when the large-scale search for participants in the riots continues.

Acting District Attorney Michael Sherwin told reporters that more than 70 people have been indicted in the District of Columbia so far, and prosecutors are working on at least 100 more people.

“I suspect this number will reach several hundred,” Sherwin told reporters at a briefing on the massive investigation into the riots that killed five people, including a Capitol police officer.

Meanwhile, Senate Democratic leader Chuck Schumer said that supporters of President Donald Trump who attacked the Capitol building should be on the banned flight list because they pose a threat to national security.

“We cannot allow these rebels to board a plane and become a source of new violence and damage,” Schumer said at a press conference.

A New York Democrat, Sumer will soon become Senate Majority Leader when his party gains control of the House.

Stephen D’Antuono, assistant director of the FBI’s Washington office, told reporters that the bureau had received from the public more than 100,000 photographs and videos related to the riots.


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