Federal prosecutors have opened a broad investigation of doable sedition and conspiracy in reference to final week’s assault on the U.S. Capitol, officers mentioned Tuesday of their first public briefing on the standing of the case.
FBI investigators up to now have opened greater than 170 particular person case recordsdata and charged greater than 70 individuals, and “the numbers are going to geometrically improve,” mentioned Michael Sherwin, the performing U.S. legal professional in Washington.
The variety of individuals charged will possible “develop into the a whole bunch,” Sherwin mentioned. Though the preliminary costs in opposition to most suspects have been misdemeanors, “that is solely the start,” meant to establish suspects for additional investigation, he mentioned.
“We’re important felony circumstances tied to sedition” and conspiracy that might carry jail phrases of as much as 20 years, he added.