The US Department of Justice announced Friday that 15 people have been charged with the assault on the United States Capitol Building, including the man who was photographed in the office of Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.
“We have announced fifteen indictments brought by federal justice,” Ken Cole of the Federal Prosecutor’s Office in Washington said at a news conference.
He said that among the defendants, one of them had 11 Molotov cocktails in a car parked near the Congress, in addition to another who shot down a police officer and another entered with a loaded pistol.
Richard Barnett, who entered the House of Representatives offices where he stood in front of the cameras and left offensive messages, was arrested in Arkansas and charged with “violent intrusion,” according to Cole.
He promised arrests and other indictments.
He added that “hundreds of prosecutors and agents work in three command centers around the clock, seven days a week.”
Hundreds of President Donald Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol on Wednesday as lawmakers prepared to confirm Joe Biden’s victory in the November election.
Subscribe to the political animalIt receives benefits and supports a free press.
“Coffee expert. Internet fanatic. Social media fanatic. Infuriatingly humble bacon guru. Entrepreneur. Zombieaholic. Proud organizer.”