Happy Hour News
Axios afternoon email thingie gives us a sense of scope:
At the biggest briefing by federal officials since the Capitol siege, D.C.’s acting U.S. attorney, Michael Sherwin, detailed the FBI’s “mind-blowing” range of investigations.
- The FBI has opened files on over 170 people and filed charges in over 70 cases, Sherwin told reporters. Cases are expected to run into the hundreds.
The big picture: The offenses being investigated range from trespass to murder, plus theft of mail, theft of digital devices, civil disorder, cases “tied to sedition and conspiracy,” possession of destructive devices, possession of semiautomatic weapons, assault on local officers, assault on federal officers (inside and outside the Capitol), theft of national security or national defense information, and civil-rights charges involving excessive force.
Between the lines: Sherwin said the pipe bombs found outside the RNC and DNC offices — which did not go off — “were real devices” with explosive igniters and timers, Axios’ Orion Rummler reports.
- Prosecutors have formed task forces to investigate attacks against the media, assault and battery on police officers, and to “build seditious and conspiracy charges related to the most heinous acts,” Sherwin said.
So I guess those initial reports of 13 people facing charges has grown. I wonder if this will reach the ears of the rest of Possum Hollar’s brave gundamentalists and ammosexuals and put a damper on their plans for next week?