© Reuters. FILE PHOTO: Supporters of US President Donald Trump gather in Washington
By Jan Wolfe
(Reuters) – The U.S. Department of Justice announced Thursday that it would indict at least 100 more people for participating in the January 6th fatal attack on the U.S. Capitol, bringing the total defendants to over 500.
“Over 400 people were charged in connection with the attack on the Capitol,” said the federal prosecutor in a court case. “The investigation continues and the government expects at least one hundred other people to be charged.”
The Justice Department announced the disclosure in a series of similar court files asking judges to postpone deadlines for pending prosecutions.
“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol attack is likely to be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the type and volume of evidence,” the court records read.
Supporters of former President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol to prevent Congress from officially confirming President Joe Biden’s election victory.
The violence began shortly after Trump rallied supporters and urged them to fight to stop the certification of Biden’s victory.
Five people died in the siege and more than 130 police officers were injured.
The FBI has increasingly focused on suspects with ties to right-wing extremist groups such as the Oath Keepers and the Proud Boys.
To date, more than 40 members or employees of the two groups have been arrested and charged.
A founding member of the Oath Keepers became the first person guilty to plead guilty of participating in the riot last week, and prosecutors said other defendants were in pleading discussions.
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