Federal investigators have been on the case since the immediate aftermath of a riot that took place on Capitol Hill last week.
According to Politico, FBI Director Christopher Wray has announced that more than 100 people have been arrested on suspicion of crimes related to the breach of the Capitol building.
“Knowingly and willfully”
Wray’s update came during a briefing on Thursday to discuss security measures being put into place ahead of next week’s inauguration ceremony for President-elect Joe Biden.
Alongside Vice President Mike Pence, the FBI director provided new details regarding the Jan. 6 incident, revealing that more arrests are likely to come as the agency still has a list of suspects that exceeds 200 names.
Of course, the FBI chief did not go into much detail regarding the nature of the crimes, meaning much of the mayhem that took place in D.C. remains unclear.
At least one of the arrests, however, has been reported to be a far-left activist, according to FBI agent Matthew Foulger.
According to Foulger’s allegation, John Sullivan “knowingly and willfully joined a crowd of individuals who forcibly entered the U.S. Capitol and impeded, disrupted, and disturbed the orderly conduct of business by the United States House of Representatives and the United States Senate.”
“Concerning online chatter”
For his part, Wray established a serious tone in discussing the potential threats ahead of Inauguration Day, referencing an “extensive amount of concerning online chatter” including possible armed protests in the nation’s capital and elsewhere, according to Newsmax.
“Anybody who plots or attempts violence in the coming week should count on a visit [from the FBI],” he declared.
Driving home the point, reports indicate a staggering 20,000 National Guard troops are on hand to stand guard throughout the upcoming ceremonies.
While some prominent critics on both sides of the aisle attempt to portray President Donald Trump as complicit in the violence that occurred last week, he unequivocally condemned any such acts in a video released on Wednesday.
“There is never a justification for violence,” the president declared. “No excuses. No exceptions. America is a nation of laws. Making America great again has always been about defending the rule of law, supporting the men and women of law enforcement, and upholding our nation’s most sacred traditions and values.”