The FBI has today come forward with some grim news for all those who stormed the US Capitol Building last week...
It looks like their actions are finally coming back to bite them.
JUST IN: The entire DC National Guard has been activated by the Department of Defense following a pro-Trump mob bre… https://t.co/mEqRTqbOMh— CNN (@CNN)1609967074.0
On January 6th, during which a joint session of Congress convened to formally count the Electoral College votes and certify Joe Biden's election win, lawmakers were forced to shelter in place and evacuate as pro-Trump rioters broke into the U.S Capitol Building.
Hundreds of rioters forced their way into the prestigious building...Breaking windows, doors, and furniture along with chants of "stop the steal!"
The rioters took over several of the rooms and chambers in the building...And photos showing them looting objects, such as the lectern of U.S. Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi, quickly started circulating online.
A group of rioters even broke into Pelosi's office...With one posing in her chair with his feet up on the desk.
From this, more violence ensued...
BREAKING: Clashes reported inside the U.S. Capitol building https://t.co/2twyZAD6wJ— BNO News (@BNO News)1609961543.0
The scenes shocked people all over the globe...And the world watched on, transfixed, as more and more rioters continued to spill into the Capitol and clash with police.
Shortly afterward, it was confirmed that there had been fatalities within the Capitol.Chief Robert Contee III of the Metropolitan Police Department in Washington, DC, confirmed the news during a press conference.
It quickly emerged that one female rioter had been shot dead by police...
Washington, D.C., Police Chief Robert Contee said Wednesday's events included four fatalities: a woman who was shot… https://t.co/246Qok143t— USA TODAY (@USA TODAY)1610011920.0
From the get-go, there were calls for Trump to intervene.
You’ve caused this, get on TV immediately and stop it - before people start being killed. https://t.co/59dqsiXEaK— Piers Morgan (@Piers Morgan)1609962613.0
He instead issued a series of tweets, from his official account which has now been suspended from all social media platforms...Where he reminded the rioters that the police and law enforcement was "on our side," and to "remain peaceful."
Hours after his supporters had stormed the Capitol, however, Trump finally released a video telling them:"Go home, we love you, you’re very special."
Photographs and videos of Wednesday's scenes continue to circulate online...Many of which also show the aftermath of the siege.
The videos and images have been quick to go viral on Twitter...And show the extent of the damage that was done within the building.
Rioters even left various messages throughout the building.
Rioters left this message inside The United States Capitol https://t.co/jxH6Rwq2dM— Anthony Quintano (@Anthony Quintano)1609976067.0
As well as lengthier notes...
The mob of Trump supporters who entered the U.S. Capitol left this note on a coffee maker in a kitchen area. "Thom… https://t.co/AuQt0S1EJQ— Kevin Lewis (@Kevin Lewis)1609992661.0
A bust of Zachary Taylor even had a red substance smeared across it.
A bust of Pres Zachary Taylor in the Capitol appears to still have blood smeared on its face from the rioters today: https://t.co/cVhKu6JHNe— Frank Thorp V (@Frank Thorp V)1609991826.0
Now, some of the perpetrators of this horrific crime have already been brought to justice.
Several arrests have already been made, with key suspects being identified via video footage from the scene.
Many weren't too hard to spot, given their choice of riot gear.
From CEOs to retail employees...
There seems to have been a whole array of attendees at the riots.
The FBI is now seeking an "unprecedented" number of suspects following the riots...
And now encourages rioters to turn themselves in before agents start knocking on their doors.
Michael Sherwin, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Columbia, held a press conference where he described the Capitol building as a "crime scene."
And said his agents were working with the FBI to find hundreds, if not thousands, more people who will be arrested.
"The scope and scale of this are unprecedented, not only in FBI history but probably DOJ history."
He also stated that more than 170 case files have already been submitted for crimes committed during the riots and that that figure is going to "geometrically increase."
"The range of criminal conduct is really… Unmatched in any type of scenario that we've seen at the FBI or DOJ," he said.
While the FBI has opened more than 160 case files in the six days since pro-Donald Trump rioters breached the US Capitol building, officials have acknowledged that the evidence gathered so far "is just the tip of the iceberg." https://t.co/C1kDSQ7pAr— CNN (@CNN) January 12, 2021
"Just the gamut of cases and criminal conduct we're looking at is really mind-blowing."
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