FBI posts on Twitter, Facebook for help in identifying Capitol Hill rioters


The FBI sought the public’s help to identify those involved in Wednesday’s violence at the US Capitol.

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The FBI has turned to social media to seek the public’s help in identifying those involved in Wednesday’s violence on Capitol Hill.  A mob stormed the US Capitol as Congress met inside to certify Joe Biden as the next US president, following months of President Donald Trump making baseless claims that the 2020 election was fraudulent.

“The FBI is seeking to identify individuals instigating violence in Washington, D.C,. We are accepting tips and digital media depicting rioting or violence in and around the U.S. Capitol on January 6,” the bureau posted on Twitter and Facebook on Thursday, with a link to a form on its website.

From there, you can submit photos or videos related to the incident.

“Our goal is to preserve the public’s constitutional right to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity,” the FBI noted at the top of the online form.

Some participants in the violence will be charged Thursday, Acting US Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen confirmed in a release.

“Our criminal prosecutors have been working throughout the night with special agents and investigators from the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, ATF, Metropolitan Police Department and the public to gather the evidence, identify perpetrators, and charge federal crimes where warranted,” Rosen said.

Both Twitter and Facebook temporarily blocked Trump for the first time following the violence, with Facebook later blocking him indefinitely

On Thursday, Trump shared a statement via White House Social Media Director Dan Scavino. Trump promised an “orderly transition” of power on Jan. 20 but said he still disputes the election’s outcome and made no mention of a concession. 


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