DOJ Warns Court To Expect Hundreds More Indictments Over January 6
More than 1,000 people could be indicted by the Department of Justice (DOJ), on charges related the the January 6, 2021, riot of the U.S. Capitol.
Bloomberg reported that the DOJ had sent a warning letter to Chief Judge Beryl Whatell of the District Court for the District of Columbia, on October 28, warning him that the court needed to prepare for 700-1,000 additional defendants. Bloomberg reviewed the letter Wednesday and first reported it. The DOJ had already filed charges against approximately 900 people at the time.
Since then, the number of DOJ arrests have risen to around 1,000. According to the department, the remaining cases are roughly equal to the estimated number of people who entered the Capitol during the riot. This ranges from 2,000 to 2,500.
The current volume of prosecutions and arrests has put a strain on resources at the DOJ and federal public defender’s offices, as well as the court system. In public statements, DOJ officials made it clear that they are committed to seeing all cases through.
“In the months, and years ahead, the FBI Washington Field Office” will continue to work with U.S. Attorney’s offices throughout the country to bring justice to those who tried to use violence to substitute for their will over that of the people,” David Sundberg (assistant director in charge) stated in a January statement.
Federal crimes usually have a five-year statute of limitations.
Tucker Carlson, Fox News host, received 41,000 hours footage from the Capitol on January 6th. Carlson broadcast some video earlier in the month that showed the crowd inside the U.S. Capitol. Fox News’ host, Carlson, challenged the media and House January 6 Committee’s portrayal of that day.
“Only a small number of them were hooligans. The overwhelming majority of them weren’t. They were peaceful. They were calm and orderly. Carlson stated that these were not insurrectionists, but sightseers.
The majority of Carlson’s footage has been made available to defense lawyers representing clients who were charged in connection with the January 6 events. However, defense teams may find it difficult to see the entire volume of video.
In January, the FBI stated that it had reviewed over 30,000 video files from law enforcement and cell phones. Nine terabytes worth of information are contained in the files. It would take 361 days to see all of them if they were viewed 24 hours a week.