Capitol Investigation: 170 Open Cases is ‘Just The Tip of the Iceberg,’ Says FBI

January 14, 2021Joshua Skovlund
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The FBI is gaining ground in their investigation of the Jan. 6 assault on the Capitol. More than 170 case files have been opened since the FBI began their pursuit of those involved in the Capitol violence, FBI Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono said during a press briefing at the Department of Justice Tuesday. So far, 28 people have been charged in federal court for their actions during the assault on the Capitol. 

“To be clear, the brutality the American people watched with shock and disbelief on the 6th will not be tolerated by the FBI,” D’Antuono said. “The men and women of the FBI will leave no stone unturned in this investigation. Since these events, the FBI has worked hand-in-hand with the U.S. Attorney’s Office and our law enforcement partners here in D.C. and across the country to arrest and charge multiple individuals who took part in the destruction. In six days, we have opened over 170 case files—and that’s just the tip of the iceberg.”

The FBI put out a call for help in identifying the domestic terrorists that breached the Capitol and has received more than 100,000 pieces of digital media submitted by the public. Agents are scrubbing through all media to develop investigative and intelligence leads. 

“The significance of this investigation is not lost on us,” D’Antuono said. “This is a 24/7, full-bore, extensive operation into what happened that day.”

D’Antuono said the FBI is using an all-hands-on-deck approach to the violence that took place at the Capitol. The Bureau is working with local, state, and federal law enforcement resources to identify, track down and arrest those responsible for the Capitol siege. He made a call to anyone who was at the Capitol to call and give their statement before the FBI contacts them and brings them in for questioning. 

At the “Stop the Steal” rally Jan. 6, hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters went from the rally to assault the US Capitol building. More than 50 law enforcement officers were injured while trying to defend the Capitol, and four people died as a result of the chaos, including a US Air Force veteran who was shot and killed while attempting to enter a barricaded room. US Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick died Jan. 7 after succumbing to injuries gained while defending the Capitol.

Joshua Skovlund
Joshua Skovlund

Joshua Skovlund is a former staff writer for Coffee or Die. He covered the 75th anniversary of D-Day in France, multinational military exercises in Germany, and civil unrest during the 2020 riots in Minneapolis. Born and raised in small-town South Dakota, he grew up playing football and soccer before serving as a forward observer in the US Army. After leaving the service, he worked as a personal trainer while earning his paramedic license. After five years as in paramedicine, he transitioned to a career in multimedia journalism. Joshua is married with two children.

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