The FBI is pursuing several hundred more suspects involved in the Capitol riots, the bureau’s director told Congress Tuesday, calling the effort to find those responsible for the deadly attack “one of the most far-reaching and comprehensive” investigations in FBI history.
“We’ve already made about 500 arrests, and we’re checking on hundreds more people, the investigation is still ongoing,” FBI Director Christopher A. Ray told the House Oversight Committee.
His assurances about how seriously the agency takes the attack by Donald Trump supporters came after lawmakers pressed him and military commanders to do more to stop the siege despite threats of violence from extremists. At a hearing before two congressional committees Tuesday, lawmakers requested new information about the security failures that contributed to the riot.
Documents obtained by the committee showed that as of 1:30 p.m. Jan. 6, top Defense Department officials had received requests for help from the Capitol Police Chief, Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and other officials. But the National Guard did not arrive until 05:20 p.m., more than four hours after the Capitol perimeter was breached.