Among the evidence the FBI is investigating are indications that some participants in the Trump demonstration at the Ellipse outside the White House left the event early, perhaps to pick up items to be used in the attack on the Capitol.
A team of investigators and prosecutors is also focused on the command and control aspect of the attack and looks at travel and communications records to determine if they can build a case similar to a counter-terrorism investigation, the official said.
Faith early in the probe will require significant investigation.
The presence of corruption prosecutors and agents is due in part to their expertise in financial investigations. “We are following the money,”
On Wednesday morning, the FBI reported that they had received more than 126,000 digital tips from the public regarding the attack on the Capitol – more than three times the number of tips received on Monday.
Strategy against terrorism for arrests
At least some of those arrested have already been made part of a strategy used in counter-terrorism investigations to find themselves a minimal indictment and try to remove a concerned person from the street. It helps alleviate the potential threat while worrying about possible attacks on the inauguration, officials say.
On January 4, the local police arrested e.g. The leader of the proud boys, Henry “Enrique” Tarrio, of Washington, DC.
Tarrio was taken into custody for allegedly burning a Black Lives Matter banner taken from a black church last month during protests in the city following a previous “Stop the Steal” meeting. The Miami resident was charged with destroying property related to the banner, but federal authorities say they found Tarrio in possession of two high-capacity weapons depots, prompting them to add a charge for possession of high-capacity feeding equipment.
On Tuesday, New York City federal authorities arrested Eduard Florea, 40, on at least one gun charge after law enforcement, including the FBI and NYPD, responded to a Queens home in response to online posts about an armed caravan heading for the US Capitol. , two law enforcement officials with knowledge of the investigation tell CNN.
Law enforcement sources told CNN that the man claims to be a proud boy and was arrested with live ammunition in the home.
Already, the public prosecutor and the FBI are calling to encourage people who took part in the riots to hand over fruit. Some lawyers have reached out to ensure the safe surrender of their clients to get a measure of relief and reduce the chance of a police raid on their home, two officials said.
For example, an anti-terrorism prosecutor even appeared in court on an early hearing for one of the defendants on Tuesday, signaling how integrated the Justice Department’s efforts are already between the typical criminal prosecutors handling initial criminal hearings and with units focused on more complex crimes. . .
“With this strike force set up to focus strictly on dissolution taxes, we are looking at treating this like a significant international counter-terrorism or counter-intelligence operation,” DC U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said Tuesday.
“We look at everything: money, travel records. Looking at outline, movement, communications records. So no resources related to the FBI or the U.S. Attorney’s Office will be marked in terms of trying to determine exactly whether there was a command and checking how it was. worked and how they performed these, these activities. “