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Archive for March 15th, 2021

DOJ Expects to Charge At Least 100 More Capitol Rioters, Calls Probe ‘Largest in American History’

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By Steve Neavling

The Justice Department said it expects to charge at least 100 more people in connection with the violent attack on the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6. 

Calling the investigation one of the “largest in American history,” U.S. prosecutors are asking for more time to wade through enormous amounts of evidence, The Washington Post reports.

“The investigation and prosecution of the Capitol Attack will likely be one of the largest in American history, both in terms of the number of defendants prosecuted and the nature and volume of the evidence,” the U.S. attorney’s office in D.C. wrote in court filings.

As of Friday, 312 people have been charged in connection with the riots, and investigators have accumulated more than 15,000 hours of law enforcement and body-cam video footage, 1,600 electronic devices and 210,00 tips, prosecutors said 

More than 100 federal prosecutors are involved. 

The riots led to the deaths of five people and injuries to about 140 officers. 

Democrat Calling for Renaming FBI Headquarters Calls Hoover Racist, Misogynistic

The FBI’s current headquarters in Washington D.C., named after J. Edgar Hoover.

By Steve Neavling

Rep. Gerry Connolly, a Virginia Democrat who wants to remove J. Edgar Hoover’s name from the FBI headquarters, called the bureau’s first director a “maligned character” with a history of racism, misogyny and homophobia. 

“He was a racist who went after Martin Luther King in extraordinary ways. He was a homophobe. He was a misogynist,” Connolly said in an interview on MSNBC’s Cross Connection on Saturday. “He was somebody who even denied the existence of the mafia for decades, allowing organized crime to get a toehold here in the United States. It’s time we renamed that building after somebody who deserves it.”

Connolly introduced a bill on Feb. 25 that calls for creating a renaming commission to provide recommendations based on “racial, ethnic, and gender diversity.”

MSNBC host Tiffany Cross agreed with Connolly and suggested the building should be named after Georgia’s voting rights activist Stacy Abrams. 

“Changing the name of our premier law enforcement agency so it doesn’t honor a racist tyrant who trampled civil liberties, I don’t know, seems like a pretty logical step to me,” Cross said.