Capitol rioters to be charged on Thursday says acting US attorney general

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Capitol Rioters To Be Charged On Thursday Says Acting Us Attorney General Capitol Rioters To Be Charged On Thursday Says Acting Us Attorney General
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Some participants in the violent breach of the US Capitol will face charges today, and federal authorities will continue to assess evidence and make arrests as they investigate, US acting attorney general Jeffrey Rosen said.

Prosecutors have been working through the night since Wednesday's invasion of the Capitol with various law enforcement authorities to gather evidence, identify perpetrators and charge people with federal crimes, according to a statement from Rosen.

"The Department of Justice is committed to ensuring that those responsible for this attack on our government and the rule of law face the full consequences of their actions under the law," Mr Rosen said.

"Some participants in yesterday’s violence will be charged today."

President Donald Trump has been banned from Facebook indefinitely until the end of his term, following a 12-hour ban by Twitter after he sent tweets in which many considered him to be inciting violence.

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Mr Trump deleted the three tweets in question, but still had to sit out the remainder of the ban.

The US president's comments were widely condemned, with UK prime minister Boris Johnson saying Mr Trump was "completely wrong" to encourage his supporters to storm the Capitol.

There were 52 arrests made as a result of yesterday's violence and four people died during the incident.

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