The grand jury has handed down several indictments of President Donald Trump's supporters that attacked the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6 after the so-called "Stop the Steal" rally. As The Huffington Post notes, it's clear that they're not holding back.
"As the indictments come back, it appears as though felony charges are going to be the norm for many defendants. Their online bragging, disclosures during FBI interviews and searches of their property after their arrests are giving prosecutors what they need to secure felony indictments," said HuffPo's Ryan J. Reilly, who has been following the developments closely and posting photos of insurrectionists on Twitter.
Legal expert Marcy Wheeler noted that in one specific indictment documents, the request for detention from the Justice Department, Proud Boys' Ethan Nordean, Nicholas DeCarlo and Nicholas Ochs are accused of "crimes that can merit a terrorist enhancement."
The overwhelming majority of the charges will be felonies, explained Reilly, predicting that prosecutors have "what they need to secure felony indictments" with screen captures of social media feeds.
"One common charge is obstruction of an official proceeding and aiding and abetting, in violation of Section 1512(c) of the U.S. Code," the report continued. "While 1512 is better known for its witness-tampering provisions, part of the law outlaws corruptly obstructing, influencing or impeding an official proceeding. The official proceeding in question here is the certification of the Electoral College votes on Jan. 6."
In the cases of the two Virginia police officers who took selfies with the insurrectionists, the grand jury indicted them on four counts, with a felony charge "obstructing an official proceeding and aiding and abetting others in impeding a proceeding before Congress 'by entering and remaining in the United States Capitol without authority and participating in disruptive behavior.'"
If convicted, the men will never serve in law enforcement again, be allowed to own weapons, and could be sent to federal prison.
Jenny Cudd made news Wednesday when she asked a judge if she could take a vacation in Mexico ahead of her court date dealing with her misdemeanor charges. She was the Texas florist who bragged that she broke down Speaker Nancy Pelosi's door.
"But a federal grand jury indicted Cudd on five charges on Wednesday, including the obstructing an official proceeding charge," said Reilly. "Now that she's been indicted on a felony, that Mexico vacation is less likely."
Homophobic Beverly Hills salon owner Gina Bisignano was also indicted on seven counts.
Richard Barnett, who took photos of himself with his feet on Pelosi's desk was indicted on seven counts too.
Samuel Camargo tweeted about his interview with the FBI, saying that he thought he was able to clear somethings up with them after he bragged online that he "got some memorabilia, did it myself." He was indicted on Thursday. Reilly tweeted the tweet from Camargo beside the indictment.
https://t.co/DOR7t4X2kI— Ryan J. Reilly (@Ryan J. Reilly)1612464049.0
The list continues, 15 in all, indicted over the attacks on the Capitol. The FBI announced that it's still seeking information on a growing list of 200 people that it has captured in videos and photos from the attack. Most importantly, however, the FBI is still seeking information about the Jan. 6 pipe bomber, who left two IEDs at the offices of both political parties.