According to the prosecution, a Capitol police officer disclosed the investigation data in correspondence with one of the participants in the storming of the Congress building.
Capitol Police officer Michael Riley appeared before a judge on Friday online. According to the prosecution, Riley sent dozens of messages on social networks to an unnamed participant in the storming of the Capitol on January 6.
In the correspondence, the accused, who has worked in the Capitol police for 25 years, stressed that he shares the political views of the participants in the assault and also recommended that they remove photos and videos from social networks that could serve as proof of participation in the events of January 6.
According to the prosecution, the policeman also disclosed in personal correspondence the details of the FBI investigation known to him regarding the storming of the Capitol on January 6, which may amount to obstruction of the investigation.
“They arrest dozens of people every day,” Riley wrote to a participant in the assault.” Everyone who was in the building and involved in violent acts or the destruction of property has been charged with serious crimes at the federal level.”
It is reported that Michael Riley has been placed on administrative leave for the duration of the investigation. On Friday, the court decided to keep Riley at large until the next meeting, taking from him a subscription not to leave the United States and prohibiting him from carrying firearms.
In a statement, U.S. Capitol Police Chief Tom Munger said the department considers the charges “extremely serious” and is conducting an internal investigation.
Recall that as a result of the assault on January 6, dozens of police officers were beaten by supporters of ex-President Donald Trump protesting against the inauguration of Joe Biden. So, an electric shock was used against one of the policemen, as a result of which he had a heart attack, another policeman was squeezed between the doors and beaten on the head.
Charges following the assault were brought against more than 600 attackers.