Former FBI director James Comey appeared on "The Late Show With Stephen Colbert", Tuesday, where he discussed the recent attack on the Capitol building which left five people dead.
"I'd rather the lights go out", said Comey.
First and foremost, why was it handled by two relatively unknown officials - a member of the FBI's Washington DC field office and the Acting US Attorney for Washington DC - instead of senior officials? He added that more than 170 case files have already been submitted for crimes committed during the riots, and that that number is going to "geometrically increase". They had explosive ignitors. "We are in an extremely unsafe period for political violence, and it's hard to say exactly what will happen or when it might happen". "Was it a diversionary type of a tactic used by some of these rioters?"
He did not explain the discrepancy in his statements, though he suggested Tuesday that the Norfolk warning was based on nonspecific information in terms of individual leads to investigate, characterizing it as a "thread on a message board" that was not attributable to any specific person. "Money, travel records. Looking at disposition, movement, communication records".
Among the evidence the Federal Bureau of Investigation is examining are indications that some participants at the Trump rally at the Ellipse, outside the White House, left the event early, perhaps to retrieve items to be used in the assault on the Capitol.
"We're looking at everything from criminal trespass, to theft of mail, to theft of digital devices within the Capitol, to assault on local officers, federal officers, to the theft of potential national security information, to felony murder, and even civil rights and excessive force investigations", he said.
D'Antuono said authorities are putting up a $50,000 reward for information leading to the identification of whoever planted the pipe bombs. "It was, again, shared with all the law enforcement partners through that process that we have". Military Times reported that the Defense Department had already authorized as many as 15,000 National Guard troops - double the current number of USA troops in Afghanistan and Iraq combined - to be deployed to Washington, D.C., in response to this threat.
Describing the challenge of distinguishing online "bravado" from actionable threats, D'Antuono said: "As offensive as a statement can be the FBI cannot open an investigation, without a threat of violence or alleged criminal activity".