The U.S. authorities have opened at least 25 domestic terrorism cases after the storming of the Capitol on January 6. House member Jason Crow wrote this on Twitter following a conversation with U.S. Secretary of the Army Ryan McCarthy.
He said law enforcement recovered long-barreled firearms, “Molotov cocktails,” explosive devices and plastic handcuffs from the riots in Washington. These findings suggest that “a greater calamity has been averted,” the congressman noted.
During the debate, McCarthy said that the U.S. Department of Defense was aware of possible threats from potential terrorists ahead of President-elect Joe Biden’s inauguration. It is also known that active and reserve troops were involved in the unrest. Crowe expressed “deep concern” about that fact.
The head of the department said he was prepared to address lawmakers in the coming days and provide them with information about what happened.
On January 9, the U.S. attorney’s office arrested three people who stormed the Capitol Building in Washington, including Jacob Anthony Chanceley, alias Jake Angeli, who was dressed as a Viking at the protest. He is charged with willfully entering or remaining in a building with restricted access without lawful authority, as well as forcible entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. West Virginia lawmaker Derrick Evans, 35, and so-called “Lectern Guy” Adam Johnson, 36, of Florida, who was pictured walking around the Capitol with Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi’s pulpit in his hands, were arrested on similar charges.
The storming of the Capitol building in the U.S. took place on January 6 during a rally of supporters of incumbent Donald Trump who did not recognize the results of the November vote that resulted in the election of Democrat Biden as president. The rally led to clashes with police. Five people were killed and dozens detained.