Many of us are waiting for the arrests of the Trump supporters who forced their way into the U.S. Capitol Wednesday because somehow they weren’t arrested that day.
According to Fox News, acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen assured the public that pro-Trump rioters who stormed into the Capitol destroyed property, and fought the police would “face the full consequences of their actions under the law.”
Rioters could be charged under Donald Trump’s June executive order that allows the Department of Justice to sentence violaters up to 10 years in prison for “injury of federal property.”
“Our criminal prosecutors have been working throughout the night with special agents and investigators from the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, ATF, Metropolitan Police Department, and the public to gather the evidence, identify perpetrators and charge federal crimes where warranted,” Rosen said in a statement on Thursday.
“Some participants in yesterday’s violence will be charged today, and we will continue to methodically assess evidence, charge crimes and make arrests in the coming days and weeks to ensure that those responsible are held accountable under the law,” Rosen added.
Federal law enforcement officials are investigating the incident, the Department of Justice stated. Those who are identified will be charged for their participation in the mob. Investigators hope to identify people through facial recognition and other tools, as well as a great deal of video footage.
The FBI is in the process of looking at pictures and videos from government resources, media outlets, and social media, the outlet reports.
Trump’s summer executive order was aimed at participants of the nationwide Black Lives Matter protests when monuments and memorials were targeted. Trump supporters often referenced the executive order amid the anti-racism protests, but now that executive order poses a huge problem for Capitol rioters.
“I just had the privilege of signing a very strong Executive Order protecting American Monuments, Memorials, and Statues – and combatting recent Criminal Violence,” Trump wrote on Twitter on June 26.
“Long prison terms for these lawless acts against our Great Country!”
The order allows the Department of Justice to “prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under federal law” of those who destroy or vandalize government property. There is a maximum punishment of ten years for such crimes.
The FBI is asking the public to assist in identifying individuals who may have been apart of Wednesday’s violent riot. If you have information, call 1-800-CALL-FBI or visit http://fbi.gov/USCapitol.6