The Department of Justice is currently investigating whether any classified information was stolen during the US Capitol riot this week where numerous protesters gained access to lawmakers’ offices.
“National security equities” may have been taken when hundreds stormed the Capitol on Wednesday, the DOJ has warned. A laptop belonging to Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Oregon) has already been reported as stolen, and images from the breach showed individuals in the office of Rep. Nancy Pelsosi (D-California) while windows remained open on office computers.
Michael Sherwin, acting US Attorney for the Washington DC, has noted that “items, electronic items were stolen from senators’ offices, documents and materials were stolen, and we have to identify what was done to mitigate that [damage].”
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He warned that figuring out “what was stolen” will take days.
The House Chief Administrative Office has said in a memo that the House network was not compromised. Staff were told to lock computers amid the protest.
NEW: House CAO just sent members’ offices this notice about cyber risks from the Capitol attack.
CAO “took several actions” to protect the House’s digital infrastructure, she wrote, including “issuing commands to lock computers and laptops and shutting down wired network access” pic.twitter.com/EKWZRNG2Ns
— Eric Geller (@ericgeller) January 7, 2021
The fallout from the breach of the US Capitol, which left five dead including a police officer, has thus far included the resignation of US Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund following pressure from lawmakers like Pelosi and Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-New York).
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Other Democrats have also called for the impeachment of President Donald Trump, as well as possible charges for helping to incite the riot – he spoke to the crowd at the Save America rally shortly before it went out of control.
A spokesperson for the DOJ said on Friday, however, that charges against Trump are not expected.
Multiple protesters involved in the breach have been identified and arrested, including Richard Barnett, who was pictured casually sitting at a desk in Pelosi’s office during the riot.
Richard Barnett of Gravette, Arkansas has been arrested for his seditious behavior at the US Capitol.
Now he can cool his heels in jail. pic.twitter.com/402ITsXsIz
— BrooklynDad_Defiant! (@mmpadellan) January 8, 2021
Here’s Mr. Barnett, who goes by “Bigo,” telling the story in his own words pic.twitter.com/oSyKiCDXgy
— Matthew Rosenberg (@AllMattNYT) January 6, 2021
Derrick Evans, a West Virginia state lawmaker, has also been arrested and charged after livestreaming his participation in the protest, according to officials.
#BREAKING WV Delegate Derrick Evans has been taken into federal custody.
He’s charged after allegedly entering a restricted area of the US Capitol with rioters Wednesday.
— Chad Hedrick (@WSAZChadHedrick) January 8, 2021
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