Justice Department Notes 725 Arrested for Capitol Riot, But There’s One Charge Missing

The Justice Department announced ahead of the Jan. 6 Capitol riot anniversary that some 725 people have been arrested and charged in connection with the incident.

But notably, not a single person has been charged with “insurrection” or any other crime related to “sedition.”

According to a department press release, 640 defendants “have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds.” Some defendants are facing multiple charges.

“Thursday, Jan. 6 2022, marks one year since the attack on the U.S. Capitol that disrupted a joint session of the U.S. Congress in the process of affirming the presidential election results,” the DOJ said.

“The government continues to investigate losses that resulted from the breach of the Capitol, including damage to the Capitol building and grounds, both inside and outside the building,” the department added.

DoJ estimates that $1.5 million in damage was done to the U.S. Capitol during the riot, but as The Daily Wire notes, damage estimates for the 2020 post-George Floyd riots are at least $2 billion.

The department bragged of working at an “unprecedented speed and scale” to investigate and prosecute “those who committed crimes on Jan. 6, 2021,” and promised to continue the pursuit.

“Under the continued leadership of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia and the FBI’s Washington Field Office, the investigation and prosecution of those responsible for the attack continues to move forward at an unprecedented speed and scale,” the release said.

“The Department of Justice’s resolve to hold accountable those who committed crimes on Jan. 6, 2021, has not, and will not, wane,” it added.

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According to DoJ, here is a summary of charges thus far:

  • More than 225 defendants have been charged with assaulting, resisting, or impeding officers or employees, including over 75 individuals who have been charged with using a deadly or dangerous weapon or causing serious bodily injury to an officer.
    • Approximately 140 police officers were assaulted Jan. 6 at the Capitol including about 80 U.S. Capitol Police and about 60 from the Metropolitan Police Department. 
  • Approximately 10 individuals have been arrested on a series of charges that relate to assaulting a member of the media, or destroying their equipment, on Jan. 6.
  • Approximately 640 defendants have been charged with entering or remaining in a restricted federal building or grounds.
    • Over 75 defendants have been charged with entering a restricted area with a dangerous or deadly weapon.
    • More than 45 defendants have been charged with destruction of government property, and over 30 defendants have been charged with theft of government property.
  • At least 275 defendants have been charged with corruptly obstructing, influencing, or impeding an official proceeding, or attempting to do so.
  • Approximately 40 defendants have been charged with conspiracy, either: (a) conspiracy to obstruct a congressional proceeding, (b) conspiracy to obstruct law enforcement during a civil disorder, (c) conspiracy to injure an officer, or (d) some combination of the three.