TULSA, Okla. — U.S Attorney Trent Shores said any Oklahoman from the Northern District who traveled to Washington, DC, to participate in any violent or destructive acts on the Nation's Capitol Building, will be charged, should the FBI find "substantial and credible" evidence.
This comes after rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday, Jan. 6, after a live speech from President Trump at the "Save America" rally, which opposed the results of the November presidential election.
Shores said the violence at the U.S. Capitol was "illegal and an affront to an American institution of democracy and rule of law."
Shores continued by saying, "At this time, the Department of Justice and FBI are requesting the public’s assistance to identify individuals who may have taken part in violent or destructive acts on the U.S. Capitol. If, after investigation, the FBI finds substantial and credible evidence that individuals from the Northern District of Oklahoma planned to commit violent acts against the Capitol and travelled to Washington, DC, with the intent to carry out those acts, or committed unlawful acts of violence, the U.S. Attorney’s Office stands ready to bring charges against those individuals, or to assist the District of Columbia U.S. Attorney’s Office in prosecuting acts over which it has primary jurisdiction. If any Oklahoman has information to help identify individuals participating in rioting or violence in or around the U.S. Capitol building, the FBI urges you to submit information, photos, or videos that could be relevant to tips.fbi.gov or call 1-800-CALL-FBI. Because the FBI’s investigation into these attacks is ongoing, we cannot comment further. I want to be clear that any criminal investigation will pertain to suspected or alleged criminal conduct. It was not a crime for Oklahomans to travel to Washington, DC, to participate in constitutionally protected activities, such as peaceable assembly or a political rally.”
Authorities are still working to identify persons of interest in the Capitol riot. They are asking the public to help in the effort by providing information about events that occurred on Jan. 6, 2021.
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