US Capitol Siege

March 31, 2021
US Capitol Siege

What we’ve learned & the questions still unanswered two weeks after the historic Capitol Hill riot.

“This is an unprecedented incident. If this investigation was a football game, we’d still be in the first quarter.”

FBI Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono speaking last week. As the many investigations continue, law enforcement has requested the public's assistance. To date, the FBI alone has received countless tips and over 140,000 photos and videos.

Aftermath

  • Ongoing investigations by U.S. Capitol Police, D.C. police, & federal agencies, including DHS, DOD, DOJ, and FBI.
  • U.S. Capitol Police Chief resigned, and several officers are suspended pending investigations into their actions.
  • Five died from their injuries, including a U.S. Capitol Police officer.
  • Over 270 suspects identified by law enforcement and at least 125 charged in federal courts.

Perpetrators

  • Named defendants include a mother & son, off-duty police officers, a New Mexico elected official, and an Army reservist who works at a Navy base.
  • Also charged are many of those seen in widely circulated photos & videos, including a self-proclaimed white supremacist, the “QAnon Shaman” (the guy wearing horns), and the men who sat in the chairs of Vice President Mike Pence & House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

Charges

Charges vary, but include the following:

  • Assault of federal law enforcement officers (with & w/o a deadly weapon)
  • Violent entry & disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds
  • Obstructing law enforcement during civil disorder
  • Theft of gov’t property; theft of public money, property, or records
  • Civil disorder
  • Conspiracy

Unanswered Questions

The many lingering unknowns include:

  • Why were law enforcement seemingly unprepared, understaffed & slow to respond?
  • Was there a coordinated attack plan? If so, who organized it, how many were a part of it (vs. rally attendees), and was there a specific goal or target(s)?
  • What, if any, assistance or guidance did the perpetrators get, and from whom?

BIG PICTURE: Although the number of criminal cases are increasing daily, the legal proceedings are still in very early stages. As the numerous investigations continue and new information develops, we expect to learn a lot more in the days and weeks to come.

Electoral College Vote Counting

Sen. Pat Toomey (R-PA), the second Republican senator calling for Pres. Trump to resign.

President Trump in a recorded national address January 7th, 2021 with his most specific comment to-date about the end of his term.

by Jenna Lee,

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