The U.S. Attorney's office announced an update on charges related to the U.S. Capitol insurrection soon.

As I cover that, my colleague @ColinKalmbacher will live-tweet the Aaron Mostofsky hearing.
The briefing is about to begin.
FBI Washington Field office's Steven M. D'Antuono is up first.

"We have opened 160 case files, and that is just the tip of the iceberg."

We have received more than 100K pieces of digital media.

He solicits more at 1-800-CALL-FBI

He credits pre-siege intelligence to the arrest of Proud Boy leader Enrique Tarrio before Jan. 6…
D'Antuono defends the FBI's response before the siege, describing the challenge of distinguishing extremists' bravado from true threats.
Acting USA Sherwin is up:

He says he anticipates hundreds of cases.

The numbers will "geometrically increase."

USAO charged 70 cases.

They have opened +170.
Sherwin describes the spectrum of potential charges, citing trespass, assault on local officers, federal officers, theft of potential national defense info, and felony murder as possible ones.

"This is just the beginning."

Now after those charges are filed, then we have the ability to indict these individuals on more significant charges.

"I just want to clarify that the initial charges we're filing, some of these misdemeanors, are only the beginning. They are not the end."

The FBI, working with U.S. Attorney's office, are looking at cases that potentially include sedition and conspiracy cases.

"We've also focused on an emphasis on" law enforcement.

"I think there are a lot of misconceptions about what happened in the Capitol," describing open-handed "combat" by rioters against law enforcement and the media.
Asked whether authorities are looking into the possibility that suspects were trying to take Congress members hostage, D'Antuono says they are looking into all possibilities.

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14 Jan
Court proceedings are about to begin for Cleveland Grover Meredith, Jr., whom prosecutors say texted "War time" on the day of the insurrection after receiving a message "Pence blew it."

I'll cover it live, @lawcrimenews.

Previously, via @AlbertoLuperon…
This is what prosecutors say authorities found in Meredith's vehicle at the time of his arrest, in a brief seeking his continued pre-trial lockup. Image
There is a delay in the proceedings owing to the defendant to participate in the hearing from jail.

Stand by.
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14 Jan
The man who brought the Confederate flag to the Capitol siege and his son face federal charges.

Kevin Seefried told agents his son Hunter was asked to clear the broken window, where they entered, because Hunter was wearing gloves, feds say.

Story soon by @AlbertoLuperon ImageImage
Though their criminal complaint charges two charges, the DOJ press release announcing Seefried's arrest details three.

The statement of facts alleges probable cause for more.

Given the varying charges, I deleted a prior tweet saying there were two pending further clarification. Image

The USAO of D.C. made clear at a recent press conference that more serious charges often follow the initial counts.

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14 Jan
"In Wake of Black Lives Matter Protests, New York Attorney General Wants Federal Monitor to Oversee NYPD for Civil Rights Abuses"

@NewYorkStateAG is holding a press conference soon, and I will update this developing story.… via @lawcrimenews
NYAG's federal complaint is embedded in the story.

NYAG James's press conference is ongoing.

Live stream here.
NYAG speaks of her investigation into civil rights abuse:

"What we found was an egregious abuse of police power, rampant excessive use of force and leadership unable and unwilling to stop it."
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11 Jan
"How Have U.S. and State Capitols Braced for a 'Proposed Secondary Attack' Near Inauguration Day? We Asked Authorities in All 50 States for Answers."

We'll keep updating this story as we receive responses, @lawcrimenews.…
Here are some of the responses we've receive so far.

A Little Rock PD public information officer, by phone:

"We're finalizing some contingency plans. We mostly do support."

Arkansas state authorities referred comment to their Capitol Police.
Georgia DPS:

"We are aware of potential protests on Jan. 17. However, we do not share our operational plans."

Atlanta PD:

"At present, there are no verified threats to indicate that violent activity is being planned in the City of Atlanta."
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11 Jan
Larry Rendall Brock, a charged U.S. Capitol rioter seen with flexi-cuffs, was ID-ed by ex-wife.

"I just know that when I saw this was happening I was afraid he would be there. [...] It is such a good picture of him and I recognize his patch," she told FBI, per court doc w/ pics
"As a gang and criminal enterprise investigator, I have
interviewed many individuals involved in the racketeering and criminal activity," the FBI agent on the case.
My colleague @AlbertoLuperon will publishing details from the filing in our continuing coverage at @LawCrimeNews.

Follow him for more details.
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5 Jan
This is a federal court deferring to a U.S. president's wishes to limit public access to proceedings of a lawsuit seeking to overturn an election. 🔽
Following up on a pending access request, I asked chambers what discretion the judge has to provide *remote* public access if the parties do not consent to it. This question remains unclear.

I was told the court will consider and respond to our pending request by four news orgs.
To be clear, in-person access is allowed, but the late notice and the pandemic effectively amounts to a courtroom closure for many, at the request of the president.

Proceedings were scheduled to start 40 minutes ago.
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