In the continuing aftermath of the storming of the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, congressional democrats are helping the FBI to identify the individuals who instigated the violence.
The bureau has welcomed information surrounding the protests which interrupted congressional certification of Joe Biden’s election and led to five deaths. Authorities are trying to determine who may have broken federal laws.
“If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol,” the bureau said in a statement. “Our goal is to preserve the public’s constitutional right to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity.”
Congressional Democrats have actively supported efforts to find the individuals involved.
Rep. Vincente Gonzalez (TX-D) tweeted: “If you or someone you know have any info regarding the recent insurrection on the Capitol, U.S. Capitol Police are looking for tips to help bring these terrorists to justice.” Rep. Veronica Escobar (TX-D) joined him in retweeting the FBI’s appeal for information.
When chaos broke loose in the Capitol on Jan 6., Texas Politics Publisher Javier Manjarres was with Escobar in the chamber, along with Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (TX-D). The Congresswoman from El Paso was seen seeking cover with a gas mask in hand. All were safely evacuated.
The Department of Justice has since spoken out and has spoken to the “absolute resolve from the Department of Justice to hold all who intentionally engaged in criminal acts at the Capitol accountable.” However, many have criticized the handling of the situation and compared retributive responses to the policing of black protesters on DC streets last year.
Among them is representative Joaquin Castro (TX-D). “Police do not take white, right-wing protesters as seriously and they don’t treat them as a threat in the way they treat African Americans, Latinos and other groups,” Castro said in an interview. “And I think we saw the consequence of that this week.”