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FBI seeking info re Jan. 6 events

People listen as President Donald Trump speaks during a rally Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021, in Washington. | AP Photo/Evan Vucci

Jan. 13. The FBI is looking for bad actors in the wake of the events last week in Washington DC. The agency has already opened more than 170 case files.

The event was apparently on the FBI radar well before Jan. 6.

“In the weeks leading up to the Jan. 6 rally, the FBI worked internally with every FBI field office to ensure they were looking for any intelligence they may have developed about potential violence during the rally on Jan. 6. We developed some intelligence that a number of individuals were planning to travel to the D.C. area with intentions to cause violence,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge Steven M. D’Antuono.

The FBI has received more than 100,000 pieces of digital media from the American people.

D’Antuono said if you have information, contact 1-800-CALL-FBI or submit photos and videos to fbi.gov/USCapitol—that’s Capitol with an O.

“The FBI is quite familiar with large-scale, complex, and fast-moving investigations. We are up to the challenge,” he said.

That said, the FBI receives enormous amounts of information and intelligence.

“Our job is to determine the credibility and viability of it, and separate the aspirational from the intentional and determine which of the individuals saying despicable things on the internet are just practicing keyboard bravado or they actually have the intent to do harm,” D’Antuono said.

As “offensive as a statement may be,” FBI officials said they do not open an investigation without a threat of violence or alleged criminal activity.