In perhaps the most enduring mystery of last year’s Capitol Riot, the person who planted pipe bombs in front of the headquarters of the Republican National Committee and Democratic National Committee hours before the violence began remains unidentified and missing.
While Attorney General Merrick Garland has insisted that the Justice Department’s investigation into the January 6, 2021 events is ongoing, authorities appear no closer to naming the suspect – or even clarifying whether the person is one Man or woman acts.
In September the FBI released new surveillance footage of the would-be terrorist sitting on a bench outside DNC headquarters on the night of January 5th.
According to Steven D’Antuono, assistant director of the bureau’s Washington Field Office, the FBI conducted over 900 interviews, collected approximately 39,000 video files, and evaluated approximately 400 tips to catch the perpetrator.
“Finding this person has still been a priority for us, has always been a priority since day one, and we haven’t stopped since the day we found the devices,” he told ABC News this week.
D’Antuono confirmed again that the devices were active and would have caused bloodshed if triggered.
“You would have exploded. They could have exploded, ”he said. “These are viable devices that could explode and cause many serious injuries or death.”
The bombs were found on January 6th before they were detonated.
Surveillance footage of the suspect shows the person wearing a gray sweatshirt, face mask, and yellow, black and gray Nike Air Max Speed Turf trainers. The suspect was also seen with a backpack. The FBI believes the person planted the pipe bombs between 7:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. January 5th
Authorities also believe the suspect is not from the Washington DC area.
The FBI, together with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, is offering a reward of up to US $ 100,000 for clues leading to the arrest and conviction of the alleged assassin.
On Wednesday, Garland promised his department’s work on prosecuting those involved in the violence is still ongoing, saying, “The measures we have taken so far will not be our last.”
Garland announced that “more than 725” people have been arrested and charged with crimes, and officials are looking for more.
“Those involved must be held accountable. For us in the Justice Department, there is no higher priority, “said Garland, adding that he” remains committed to all perpetrators of the 6th attack on our democracy. “
In particular, Garland has not provided an update on the would-be pipe bomber.
In recent weeks, the attorney general has come under fire from liberals over the DOJ’s dealings with those involved in the riot.
The Progressive Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) Was one of those who accused Garland of a “weak” reaction.
“I think [Attorney General] Merrick Garland was extremely weak and I think a lot more organizers of January 6th should be arrested now, “the progressive told CNN Newsroom on Tuesday.
Gallego accused investigators of focusing too much on people who physically entered the Capitol and not on allies of former President Donald Trump, who have stated that they will keep the count of Congressional votes on January 6, 2021 for as long as wanted to postpone possible in order to put pressure on the then Vice President Mike Pence to reject the certified state results.
“I think some of them are guilty of criminal acts, particularly congressional interference in their duties,” he said. “I think we have to see them. For this reason we need an active attorney general who can separate those who did political work from actual work that aids the insurrection and / or the coup plotters. “