FBI: Pipe Bombs At RNC, DNC Were Planted Night Before Capitol Riot

Written by on January 29, 2021

WASHINGTON (AP) — Two pipe bombs left on the workplaces of the Republican and Democratic nationwide committees, found simply earlier than 1000’s of pro-Trump rioters stormed the U.S. Capitol, have been truly positioned the night time earlier than, federal officers mentioned Friday.

The FBI mentioned the investigation had revealed new data, together with that the explosive units have been positioned outdoors the 2 buildings between 7:30 p.m. and eight:30 p.m. on Jan. 5, the night time earlier than the riot. The units weren’t situated by regulation enforcement till the following day.

It’s not clear whether or not meaning the pipe bombs have been unrelated to the following day’s riot or have been a part of the riot planning. Each buildings are inside just a few blocks of the Capitol.

The incident has been significantly regarding for regulation enforcement as officers step up safety preparations forward of the Senate’s impeachment trial of former President Donald Trump. For weeks, investigators have been nervous in regards to the potential for assaults on delicate targets within the nation’s capital.

U.S. Capitol Police and brokers from the FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives have been known as to the Republican Nationwide Committee’s workplace round 12:45 p.m. on Jan. 6. About 30 minutes later, because the brokers and bomb technicians have been nonetheless investigating on the RNC, one other name got here in for a second, related explosive gadget discovered on the Democratic Nationwide Committee headquarters close by.

The 2 explosive units have been very related, and each have been a couple of foot lengthy with finish caps and wiring that seemed to be hooked up to a timer, two regulation enforcement officers aware of the matter have informed The Related Press. Investigators are nonetheless inspecting the units and their parts to find out the particular compounds contained in the pipe bombs, however they each appeared to comprise an unknown powder and a few metallic, the officers mentioned.

The officers couldn’t talk about an ongoing investigation publicly and spoke to the AP on situation of anonymity.

The FBI launched extra pictures of the explosive units on Friday, together with {a photograph} that confirmed one of many units positioned beneath a bush. Officers have additionally elevated the reward within the case to $100,000.

Steven D’Antuono, the assistant director in control of the FBI’s workplace in Washington, mentioned earlier this week that finding the one who planted the pipe bombs was a prime precedence for federal brokers, although officers have solely launched grainy surveillance digital camera pictures of a possible suspect.

On Friday, the FBI mentioned the particular person wore a grey hooded sweatshirt, a face masks and Nike Air Max Pace Turf sneakers in yellow, black and grey, and had been carrying a backpack.

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