Former FBI Director James Comey informed supporters of President Donald Trump on Tuesday that they can expect authorities to knock on their doors if they participate in last week’s insurgency on the U.S. Capitol.
Comey, who was sacked by Trump in 2017, said on “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert that anyone who participated in Wednesday’s riot should surrender, even though they have yet to be named by authorities .
“If you go up these stairs – not even in the building – if you go up these stairs, you have committed a crime. If you’ve been involved in assaults on the police, if you’ve entered the building, all of that, you’re going to be found, ”Comey said.
At a press conference on Tuesday, the FBI and the Justice Department announced that hundreds of cases would be brought against insurgents, whose actions resulted in the deaths of five people, including a Capitol Police officer American.
Michael Sherwin, acting US attorney for the District of Columbia, said the spectrum of criminal behavior was “unmatched” by anything he had seen in the FBI or the Department of Justice. More than 160 cases have been opened and 70 people have been charged so far, he said.
“We are looking at everything from simple intrusion and theft of mail, to the theft of digital devices inside the Capitol, to assaults on local agents, federal agents both outside. and inside Capitol Hill, to the theft of potential national security criminal murder information, ”he said.
Comey was leading the investigation into whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia in the 2016 presidential election before he was abruptly sacked in May 2017. He has since been a vocal critic of the Trump administration.
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