The idea of an uprising has not been heard in modern American history, and the possibility that lawmakers or allies within the Capitol have helped will only contribute to the event and future uncertainty and concern.
While President Donald Trump’s role in inciting violence is clear, there are early signs and accusations that other insiders may have been more active in helping the mob.
CNN had previously reported that Gosar had linked himself to Alexander’s group in recent months. A Biggs spokesman told CNN he had never met or worked with Alexander before.
Alexander said he hoped his “mob” would put pressure on lawmakers to prevent elected President Joe Biden from winning through the Electoral College. After quelling the unrest, the three lawmakers voted to drop Biden’s election votes from Arizona and Pennsylvania. Their efforts failed.
“These three members of Congress need to give a lawyer very quickly,” said Charlie Dent, a former CNN staffer at CNN’s Erin Burnett on Wednesday, adding that he thinks lawmakers are federal prosecutors and the Housing Commission.
Alleged “reconnaissance” mission
Sherrill said there are “members of Congress whose groups coming through the Capitol were the ones I saw on January 5 for reconnaissance the next day.” CNN has repeatedly asked Sherrill’s office for details of the charge, but no further information has been provided.
Former Navy helicopter pilot and federal prosecutor. He is a moderate member of the Democratic Party body and not a fire department who would be unduly accused. On Wednesday, he said he was “asking for an investigation” with certain agencies, presumably to look into possible coordination between Republican lawmakers and disruptors.
Prosecutors are investigating conspiracy charges
More than 70 people have already been charged with federal crimes related to the attack. The majority of publicly disclosed cases involve people who fought police officers in the Capitol, made violent threats against Democrats, or found them with guns or bombs near the complex.
“We are investigating significant serious cases of crime and conspiracy,” Michael Sherwin, a U.S. attorney in Washington, told reporters on Tuesday, without specifically saying whether investigators or members of law enforcement are under investigation.
Sherwin, however, added: “Our office has organized a striking force of very high-ranking national security prosecutors and corruption prosecutors. Their only order from me is to set up sitting and conspiracy charges in connection with the most horrific acts in the Capitol.”
Insider assistance from police and military
CNN’s Daniella Diaz and Annie Grayer contributed to this story.