The federal prosecutor responsible for the Washington area signaled Thursday that his office will investigate Donald Trump’s role in stoking the riot on the U.S. Capitol, saying “all players” would be examined.
Michael Sherwin, the acting US district attorney for the District of Columbia, told reporters prosecutors would look into anyone who played an “auxiliary role” in Wednesday. events in addition to the people who physically raped the US Capitol building.
Asked specifically if this included urging Mr. Trump to his supporters shortly before Congress came under attack to “fight much harder,” Mr. Sherwin said: “We are looking at all the players here. And whoever has a role and the evidence matches the elements of a crime, they’re going to be charged.
The remarks come a day after the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s field office in Washington called for public support to “identify individuals who actively incite violence” during the storming of the Capitol by an angry mob. The FBI said it was seeking information, including “digital media,” as part of its investigation.