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Security Tightened, Roads Closed Near State Capitol As Inauguration Day Nears

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Congress intelligence security panels to probe lapses before U.S. Capitol rampage

The number of suspects under investigation - 275 as of Friday morning - was expected to top 300 by the end of the day and exponentially grow in the coming days, said Michael Sherwin, acting US attorney for the District of Columbia.

During that riot last week, suspected pipe bombs were found outside of the Democratic National Committee and Republican National Committee, a few blocks from the Capitol.

According to Director Christopher Wray, the Federal Bureau of Investigation has already arrested more than 100 individuals for their criminal activities related to the demonstration on Capitol Hill. He thanked them for answering the call of duty.

He referenced some of the rioters in particular, including the individual with zip ties, before saying, "The FBI working with the U.S. Attorney's offices across the country and the crux of those being in D.C., we're looking at significant felony cases tied to sedition and conspiracy".

Appearing on CNN Friday, Cuccinelli said there was heightened concern among national security officials following the breach of the U.S. Capitol building last week, but suggested there was little, if any, actionable intelligence. The FBI made more than 40 of those arrests, he said. We are scouring every one for investigative and intelligence leads.

Fourteen other Capitol Police officers were injured in the mob last week, the memo said. Stager was charged on Thursday with one count of obstructing, impeding and interfering with a police officer during a civil disorder.

"In a 12-page report on January 3, the intelligence unit for the congressional police force described how thousands of enraged protesters, egged on by Trump and flanked by white supremacists and extreme militia groups, were likely to stream into Washington armed for battle", Leonnig reported.

Several current and former members of law enforcement and the military have also been arrested on charges of rioting at the Capitol.

United States security agencies have arrested more than 100 individuals for their criminal activities in last week's siege of the Capitol and are monitoring "an extensive amount of concerning online chatter" ahead of President-elect Joe Biden's inauguration on January 20, FBI Director Christopher Wray said.

"That said, between now and January 20, Inauguration Day, we will be maintaining a heightened posture to monitor any threat that may come into our region", FBI Special-Agent-in-Charge Thomas Telford said this week, while noting the investigation into the riots at the U.S. Capitol is still ongoing.

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