What consequences are Trump supporters facing for attack on the Capitol?

The Millennial Source
4 min readJan 20, 2021

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The Justice Department has charged 34 individuals and have opened 200 additional cases in relation to crimes committed on the Capitol grounds.

The Trump supporters responsible for ransacking the United States Capitol building are now facing legal consequences for their actions. Since the takeover of the Capitol on January 6, Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Director Christopher Wray has reported arresting over 100 individuals connected with the attack.

No-fly list

Videos across social media have shown supporters of President Donald Trump being detained at airports or kicked off flights. Many of these posts have falsely claimed that the individuals depicted took part in the Capitol Hill riots and are now on a federal no-fly list.

The no-fly list, officially known as the terrorist screening database, was created by the FBI after the attacks on the World Trade Center in New York on September 11, 2001. The FBI adds individuals to the list “when there is reasonable suspicion to believe that a person is a known or suspected terrorist.”

In a press release, Democratic Representative Bennie G. Thompson, Chairman of the Committee on Homeland Security, called for the FBI to include participants in the attack on the capital in the no-fly list.

“Given the heinous domestic terrorist attack on the U.S. Capitol yesterday,” the press release states, “I am urging the Transportation Security Administration and the Federal Bureau of Investigation to use their authorities to add the names of all identified individuals involved in the attack to the federal No-Fly List and keep them off planes.”

The law, though, focuses on international terrorists rather than US citizens because the definition of a domestic terrorist is so narrow. This definition is clarified in the “Myth vs. Reality” section of the USA Patriot Act as referring to “Individuals and groups” who “engage in criminal wrongdoing that could result in death.” Under the current law, domestic terrorism is not classified as a federal crime.

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