The top federal prosecutor in Washington, DC has said there is no direct evidence to suggest that rioters who stormed the US Capitol had formed kill capture teams.
The comments on Friday by acting US Attorney Michael Sherwin appeared to be an effort to walk back claims federal prosecutors in Arizona had made in a court filing late on Thursday, in which they alleged there was evidence that rioters intended to capture and assassinate elected officials.
Sherwin said that his office is leading the prosecution effort, but as local offices help to run down suspects in their districts, there may have been a disconnect on the evidence obtained so far in the cases.
Late on Thursday, federal prosecutors had made sweeping claims about the continuing investigation in a filing as they asked a judge to detain Jacob Chansley, an Arizona man and QAnon conspiracy theorist photographed wearing horns as he stood at the desk of Vice President Mike Pence in the chamber of the US Senate.
In the filing, they said Chansley left a note for Pence warning that its only a matter of time, justice is coming.
Strong evidence, including Chansleys own words and actions at the Capitol, supports that the intent of the Capitol rioters was to capture and assassinate elected officials in the United States government, the memo said.
A spokeswoman for the US Attorneys Office in Arizona told the Reuters news agency the office plans to file an amended memo today, before Chansleys appearance in federal court for his detention hearing.
At a press briefing on Friday, Sherwin said his office has brought 98 criminal prosecutions to date and has opened investigations into more than 275 people in connection with the Capitol riots, in which Trumps supporters stormed the building, ransacked offices and in some cases, attacked police.
Steven DAntuono, assistant director in charge of the FBIs Washington field office, urged suspects at the briefing to turn themselves in freely.
To those of you who took part in the violence, heres something you should know: Every FBI field office in the country is looking for you, he said. As a matter of fact, even your friends and family are tipping us off.