At least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened in the
Wednesday’s US Capitol breach that engulfed the nation’s
capital in chaos, Army secretary Ryan McCarthy told Democratic Rep.
Jason Crow, according to a news release from the congressman’s
Crow, a member of the House Armed Services committee, said
McCarthy relayed the figure in a phone call Sunday and told him
that long guns, Molotov cocktails, explosive devices and zipties
were all recovered by authorities as a wide-ranging investigation
CNN reached out to McCarthy regarding the call summary and did
not receive an immediate response.
The list of domestic terrorism cases that have been opened add
to a growing understanding of the extremist elements of the crowd
that pushed through barriers set up along the perimeter of the
Capitol Wednesday before eventually
making their way into the building.
Only after pleading from aides and congressional allies inside
the besieged Capitol did President Donald Trump release a video
urging the rioters to “go home,” while still fanning their
baseless grievances about a stolen election.
And now, as the dust settles and the country struggles to make
sense of the violence that left five dead — including an officer
with the US Capitol Police —
experts warn that the calls for violence have only intensified
ahead of Inauguration Day, when President-elect Joe Biden will be
sworn in as commander in chief.
“We are seeing … chatter from these white supremacists, from
these far-right extremists — they feel emboldened in this
moment,” said Jonathan Greenblatt, the CEO of the Anti-Defamation
League, which tracks and counters hate. “We fully expect that
this violence could actually get worse before it gets
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Crow said Sunday that McCarthy “indicated that DOD is aware of
further possible threats posed by would-be terrorists in the days
up to and including Inauguration Day and is working with local and
federal law enforcement to coordinate security preparations.”
The Colorado Democrat also said he raised concerns to McCarthy
about “reports that active duty and reserve military members were
involved in the insurrection” and that he requested “expedited
investigation and courts martial against those involved.”
Crow also requested “review of troops deployed for the
inauguration to ensure that deployed members are not sympathetic to
domestic terrorists,” to which McCarthy agreed, the call summary
from the congressman said.
In all, there are now 20 known federal criminal defendants
related to the Capitol riots.
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At least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened after
US Capitol breach, congressman says Army secretary told him