Edited by: Fern Sidman
In the aftermath of the attack on the Capitol Building in Washington on Wednesday, the FBI is now conducting an investigation as to whether members of the New York City Fire Department were among the Trump supporters that breached the building.
FDNY spokesman Frank Dwyer told WABC 7 News in New York that, “The Department received anonymous allegations that active or retired members were present at the events at the United States Capitol on January 6 and, as required, has provided that information to the FBI.”
The rioters took over the House and Senate chambers, smashed windows and waved Trump, American and Confederate flags, according to the WABC News report. A vast number of photos and videos captured the riot, which left five people dead.
NBC News in New York reported that an image circulating on Twitter after Wednesday’s riot captured a person standing just outside the building in clothing with ““FDNY Squad 252” printed on the back. Speaking to the New York Post, Dwyer said that the man in the photo was “not an active member of the department.”
By Saturday, prosecutors had filed 17 cases in federal district court and 40 others in the District of Columbia Superior Court for a variety of offenses ranging from assaulting police officers to entering restricted areas of the U.S. Capitol, stealing federal property and threatening lawmakers, as was reported by WABC 7 News.
On Saturday, the man heavily photographed wearing a horned helmet and carrying a spear was arrested. Also arrested was thirty-six-year-old Adam Johnson has been arrested in Pinellas County, Florida. He was seen on video carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s lectern during the breach and will face charges related to his role in the riots.
Arkansas’ Richard Barnett was taken into custody Friday morning in Little Rock. Social media posts appear to show him posing at Nancy Pelosi’s desk during the Capitol siege.
Prosecutors said additional cases remained under seal, dozens of other people were being sought by federal agents, and the U.S. attorney in Washington vowed Friday that “all options were on the table” for charges, including possibly sedition, as was reported by WABC New 7 in New York.
On Saturday, New York officials spoke out on the riots at the Capitol that have dominated headlines around the world since Wednesday.
Among those condemning the attack and calling for President Trump’s resignation were New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Congresswoman Carolyn Maloney, Rep. Hakeem Jeffries, Congresswoman Nydia M. Velázquez, Rep. Adriano Espaillat, Rep. Jamaal Bowman all gathered at City Hall in New York City to address the media, according to the WABC 7 News report.
The elected officials told the media that the Democratic Caucus has plans to end President Trump’s term in office, earlier than January 20th.
New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said, “It’s very clear what the result must be. Donald Trump must go now, now. Anyone who is that treasonous, anyone who has lost control of his mental abilities as to start an insurrection against the United States should not have the finger on the nuclear button.”
He added that his colleagues were in danger and that “democracy was in danger,” according to the WABC 7 News report.
DeBlasio also referenced the city that he governs and said that such a riot “will never happen in New York City.”
He also said that the attack “happened in Washington D.C., why? Someone gave the order to let that happen and we need to know who, and they need to be punished.”
Rep Carolyn Maloney (D-NY) said the attack on the Capitol was “one of the darkest days in American history,” as was reported by WABC 7 News.
She added that President Trump “isn’t capable of leading” and that he was a “clear threat to our democracy.”
“He should resign immediately. If he does not resign, then the leaders of our country have to meet and move forward with the 25th Amendment to remove him from all of us. If they do not act, then this Congress will go back next week, and we will move forward with the second impeachment of Donald J. Trump,” added Rep Maloney.
Also on Saturday, News 12 in Brooklyn reported that demonstrators stood outside Rep. Nicole Malliotakis’ office in the Bay Ridge section of the borough to call on the new congresswoman to demand Vice President Mike Pence and the Cabinet to remove President Trump from office.
The “25th Amendment Rally” was organized by the Bay Ridge Democrats after Malliotakis stood with other Republican members of the House of Representatives in voting against certifying Joe Biden’s election victory, according to the News12 report.
Malliotakis defended her decision, saying on Twitter: “I voted against certification of the two challenged states not to ‘overturn an election’ but to highlight the need for a proper hearing into unconstitutional rule changes, irregularities and alleged fraud.”