DOJ expects to charge at least 100 more in Capitol riot investigation

DOJ expects to charge at least 100 more in Capitol riot investigation
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The Department of Justice is expecting to charge at least 100 more people as part of its investigation into the deadly Jan. 6 riot at the U.S. Capitol. 

Federal prosecutors made the disclosure in a court filing on Friday requesting a 60-day delay in the case against nine alleged Oath Keepers who are charged with conspiracy in connection with the riots.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” prosecutors wrote.

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“Over 300 individuals have been charged in connection with the Capitol Attack. The investigation continues and the government expects that at least one hundred additional individuals will be charged,” they said.

The Justice Department previously said that more than 300 people face federal charges in connection with the breach. However, the filing gives a further glimpse into the probe. 

Prosecutors wrote that the riot is “likely the most complex investigation ever prosecuted by the Department of Justice”

More than 900 search warrants have been executed in all 50 states and Washington, D.C., and at least 14 law enforcement agencies are involved in response to the attack, according to Justice Department officials. 

In addition, investigators have accumulated more than 15,000 hours of surveillance and body-worn camera footage, about 1,600 electronic devices and search results for hundreds of searches of electronic communication providers.

Authorities have also received more than 210,000 tips, a “substantial portion” of which include video, photo and social media posts. The officials also reported more than 80,000 reports and 93,000 attachments related to law enforcement interviews.

Prosecutors anticipate that the number of discoverable items will only grow as the investigation continues. The filing states that they are working with the Federal Public Defender's office on a “comprehensive strategy” to handle discovery.

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The riot has led to increased security around Capitol Hill, including the presence of the National Guard. 

Trump was impeached for his role in inciting the riot, but the Senate voted 57-43 to acquit him.