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U.S. pursuing conspiracy cases in 'unprecedented' probe of Capitol assault

Stacey Doud

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WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The United States has opened criminal investigations of more than 170 people who stormed the Capitol last week and plans to charge some of the most serious offenders with assault and seditious conspiracy for their role in the violence, a federal prosecutor said on Tuesday.

[For those like me who weren't sure what 'seditious' means, according to the dictionary, it means, "inciting or causing people to rebel against the authority of a state or monarch."]

Hundreds of supporters of President Donald Trump ransacked the Capitol building as Congress was in session to certify President-elect Joe Biden’s win, battling with police, sending lawmakers fleeing for safety and leaving five dead.

Acting Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said his office expects hundreds of people ultimately to be charged as the Federal Bureau of Investigation reviews more than 100,000 photos and videos of the unrest - some of which were taken by participants as they smashed windows and stole things.

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