The Department of Justice expects to charge a minimum of 100 more still-unidentified individuals connected to the Jan. 6 attack at the U.S. the Capitol attack, federal prosecutors revealed during a court filing Friday. They also describe the investigation as likely one among the most important investigations and prosecutions in U.S. history.
Facing an unprecedented and continuously growing caseload within the U.S. attorney office in D.C. prosecutors in the governments conspiracy case against members of the Oath Keepers militia group outlined the investigation’s scope as they requested a judge delay scheduling a trial within the case for a minimum of 60 more days.
The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one among the most important in American history, both in terms of the amount of defendants prosecuted and therefore the nature and volume of the evidence, the filing states. Over 300 individuals are charged in reference to the Capitol Attack. The investigation continues and therefore the government expects that a minimum of 100 additional individuals are going to be charged.
A Department of Justice official said earlier in the week approximately 316 individuals are charged but the department has still only unsealed roughly 290 cases as of Friday — meaning multiple cases remain unsealed as agents attempt to hunt individuals to arrest them.
Prosecutors say that a minimum of 900 search warrants are executed in most 50 states and therefore the District of Columbia, investigators have accumulated quite 15,000 hours of surveillance and body camera footage, their evidence includes roughly 1600 electronic devices, 210,000 tips from the public, 80,000 reports and 93,000 attachments related to law enforcement interviews of suspects and witnesses.
As the Capitol Attack investigation remains on-going, the amount of defendants charged and therefore the volume of probably discoverable materials will only still grow, the filing states.
As many cases move into the discovery phase, the Justice Department says it is working in consultation with the Federal Public Defenders office to develop a comprehensive plan for managing all of the evidence that defendants will expect them to produce relevant to governments prosecutions.
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