Attorney General Merrick Garland on Thursday announced that the Department of Justice has made 500 arrests as part of its investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol attack as Congress moves to launch its own probe of the incident.
Garland said in a statement 100 of those arrested for their alleged participation in the attack have been charged with assaulting law enforcement.
Garland also announced a first-time charge in relation to the attack: “assaulting a member of the news media,” though he didn’t offer specifics on the case.
Garland praised the efforts of federal prosecutors, the FBI and U.S. attorneys for their role in the probe, while also thanking the public for providing over 200,000 digital tips.
The statement comes after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced plans to create a select committee to investigate the attack after the Senate failed to create an independent commission.
“I assure the American people that the Department of Justice will continue to follow the facts in this case and charge what the evidence supports to hold all January 6th perpetrators accountable,” Garland said.
Some Republicans in Congress have attempted to defend the rioters and downplay the violence of the attack, with Sen. Ron Johnson (R-Wisc.) saying in March he “wasn’t concerned” for his safety and Rep. Andrew Clyde (R-Ga.) comparing the attack to a “normal tourist visit” in May.
800. That’s the number of Trump supporters who breached the Capitol on Jan. 6, acting Capitol Police chief Yogananda Pittman estimated during a congressional hearing in February.