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The US Attorney’s Office tightens the siege on the organizers of the insurrection


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The judicial police and the United States attorney have launched a comprehensive investigation into how the insurrection that led to the looting of the Capitol and the death of five people, in the face of increasingly evident evidence that this violent assault was not spontaneous, but was planned over weeks, and largely openly on internet forums. There are currently 60 defendants, about 20 of whom are facing federal charges for the violent assault on the Capitol, which given the evidence that the public prosecutor’s office and the FBI are amassing was much more serious than it seemed at first.

In several internet forums, accessible to anyone, there are messages from the past weeks calling supporters of Donald Trump to descend on Washington, the federal capital, on January 6 to abort the validation of Joe Biden’s victory in the November elections. According to several messages analyzed and revealed by the group Site, a specialist in online extremism, the plan was to take over the Capitol and handcuff the vice president and the Democratic leaders. For this reason, several of the detainees appear in images taken on the day of the assault with plastic ties or handcuffs. The mass, storming the Senate, shouted «ahorcad a Mike Pence», the name of the vice president.

A careful analysis of the images of the capture of the Capitol reveals that there were commandos of men with bulletproof vests, dressed in camouflage, charging to force the doors of the building. Several of them were armed, although their weapons were hidden under their clothing, as required by law in the federal capital. Others carried wooden and metal sticks. A police officer, Brian D. Sicknick, died in the struggle after being hit on the head with a fire extinguisher. Another appears in some images crushed until blood comes out of his mouth, and is in serious condition. Later, the police found improvised bombs in front of the Democratic Party and Republican Party headquarters. Sicknick was buried yesterday, and the president finally agreed to have the flags at the White House flown at half mast in honor of that assassinated agent.

Police officers arrested Cleveland Grover Meredith on January 7, who had traveled to Washington from Georgia with two weapons and who said in a text message that he was preparing to assassinate the Democratic leader. Nancy Pelosi one shot. Pelosi’s office was ransacked, and a laptop was stolen from her, among other things. Richard Barnett, 60, of Arkansas, has already been arrested and charged, who entered the office, sat in a chair and put his feet on the table, before taking some envelopes. Adam Johnson, 36, has also been arrested in Florida, who took the lectern that Pelosi uses to give his press conferences on the Capitol.

According to Rita Katz, director of the Site group, the organization of the assault began after a message from President Trump on Twitter on December 19, in which he said: “Great protest in Washington on January 6. Come on, it’s going to be brutal. According to Katz, “It is astonishing that the police were not better prepared, given the clear and explicit warnings of Trump supporters, who expressed their intention to surround and assault Congress and use handcuffs and bridles, and their clear plans in public forums and the recent precedent of a plot to storm the Michigan Capitol. ‘

Internal Affairs is also investigating the actions of the Capitol police, given several videos that show agents letting the assailants pass, although others show clear struggles. They have resigned, at the request of political leaders, the Capitol Police Chief Steven A. Sund, and the sergeant at arms of the House of Representatives, a position that is dedicated to guaranteeing order during plenary sessions and which until now was held by Paul D. Irving.

Of the more than 50 people arrested for the violent assault on the Capitol, several are police officers. Various security forces in states such as California, Washington, Texas and New Hampshire have initiated disciplinary proceedings after receiving information that several of their agents had attended the protest in the capital. The weekend also resigned a state deputy from West Virginia, Republican Derrick Evans, who participated in the insurrection and filmed himself entering the Capitol with the rest of the attackers.

Since the day of the insurrection, the question is whether President Trump faces criminal charges for having invited the protesters he met before the White House to surround Congress. His lawyer, Rudy Giuliani, said in the same concentration: “This will be decided in a fight.” A few hours later there were five dead. On Thursday, the capital’s federal prosecutor, Michael Sherwin, said in a conference call that he is considering bringing charges against the president. However, the next day a spokesman for the Department of Justice said that at the moment that is not a path they are following.

Democrats, for their part, continue with plans to submit the president to a new impeachment impeachment for your challenge. This Monday the charges are presented, and the deputies plan to vote on Wednesday. Thus, Trump would be the only president in history to have been disapproved twice, even if the Senate has not removed him. Yes, more and more Republicans have joined the demands that Trump leave office. Pennsylvania Republican Sen. Pat Toomey said yesterday in an interview on CNN that Trump must resign and that he must also face criminal charges for inciting mobs to storm the Capitol.

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