A recently revealed prediction from the Justice Department that the current number of prosecutions stemming from the events of January 6 could explode by almost a factor of two, has officially come true.
In a message back on October 28th to Beryl Howell, the chief judge of the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., U.S. Attorney Matthew Graves stated that a number between 700 and 1,200 more people could end up dealing with charges, as reported by Bloomberg News.
“We expect the pace of bringing new cases will increase, in an orderly fashion, over the course of the next few months,” stated Graves.
Still, Graves did end up conceding on the overall “complexity” of the investigation resulted in it being “incredibly difficult” to predict the overall future of cases and left room for some possible tweaking of the estimates as the staff in his office attempts to “evaluate changing resources and circumstances.”
At the time Graves sent out the letter, the members of the Justice Department reportedly zeroed in on its 900th arrest.
In light of his time as chief judge ending this week, Howell released a statement explaining that the court “continues to manage its caseload and trial calendar efficiently, notwithstanding the delays occasioned by the pandemic.”
“So far, the court has been able to manage the increased criminal caseload well,” Howell went on to add. “Should a ‘surge’ of filings occur at a later date, the Court would assess what additional steps, if any, it should take.”
It has been just over two years since the events of January 6, 2021, the day a crowd of people made their way into the U.S. Capitol and ended up disrupting legislators who were gathered in order to officially certify the 2020 election victory for Biden.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has since stated that well over 1,000 arrests have officially been made and has noted that there are 500 defendants have elected to plead guilty, which seems to include four to a federal charge of seditious conspiracy.
Jack Smith was assigned the role of special counsel for the investigation of former President Donald Trump across two fronts, including in relation to efforts that challenge the election results from 2020 and the events that took place on January 6th.
This past month, Tucker Carlson, a host for Fox News, made public previously unseen security footage of the events at the Capitol from that day, which has already started to alter how people are seeing the January 6 cases, and House Republicans kicked off a probe which is expected to investigate the entire January 6 Committee itself.