The Department of Justice is not ruling out the possibility of criminally charging President Trump for allegedly inciting the riot at Capitol Hill.
“We are looking at all actors, not only the people who went into the building,” said Michael Sherwin, the U.S attorney presiding over Washington DC.
A report by the New York Times stated that when asked if the investigation would include the president, Sherwin stated that he is “looking at all actors.”
““We are looking at all actors here,” said Sherwin. “Was there a command and control? Were there others that maybe assisted or facilitated or obviously played some ancillary role in this? Anyone that had a role, and the evidence fits the elements of a crime, they’re going to be charged.”
Sherwin also added that the DOJ will be throwing the book at those involved in the riots.
According to USA Today, Sherwin stated that “no charges are off the table.” Rioters may face charges such as seditious conspiracy, rioting, and insurrection.
The Justice Department is expected to charge 55 criminal cases, and that number is expected to grow as more people were identified.
“We will bring the maximum charges we can based upon the conduct,” said Sherwin.
One man was arrested with a semi-automatic rifle and 11 Molotov cocktails that according to Sherwin “were ready to go.”
As of the writing of this article, 13 people have been charged in federal court and 40 have been charged in DC’s Superior Court.
Charges include unlawful entry, assault, gun possession, and theft. Officials are also investigation who made two bombs that were found close to the Capital.