According to a Defense official and a Congress member, at least 25 people are being investigated for terrorism-related to the siege at the Capitol on Wednesday.
On Sunday, Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy told Rep. Jason Crow that “at least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened as a result of the assault on the Capitol.”
A Defense official notified of the call confirmed that the cases included soldiers but later corrected that statement. The official said that some troops might have been involved in the riot, and the military will investigate them as necessary.
The official said, “There is concern that military members may have been involved in the riot.”
Those under investigation for domestic terrorism are accused of engaging in the insurrection that shut down Congress as President-elect Joe Biden’s Electoral College’s victory was formalized. After the pro-Trump crowd overwhelmed the security lines, five people died, including a Capitol Hill police officer.
Justice spokesman Marc Raimondi said, “We are engaged in identifying all of those who took part in breaching the Capitol, regardless of their affiliation.”
To ensure that they are not sympathetic to domestic terrorists, Crow said, the Pentagon was also asked to review all members who will be part of the security detail for the Jan. 20 inauguration.
After addressing them outside the White House on Wednesday, Donald Trump encouraged thousands of his supporters to march to the Capitol.