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US In wake of Capitol riot, active-duty Army officer under investigation

06:20  12 january  2021
06:20  12 january  2021 Source:   usatoday.com

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The army is investigating a psychological operations officer who led a group of people from North She said the group attended the rally but she didn’t know of anyone who entered the Capitol and that they The Department of Defense directive prohibits active - duty service members from sponsoring

An Army psychological warfare officer is being investigated for busing people more than 300 miles to attend the Trump rally that turned into deadly riots at the Capitol , Army officials have confirmed. Army probing officer Emily Rainey who led group to deadly DC riots .

An active-duty Army Special Forces officer is under investigation for her presence at the Capitol during the riot there on Jan. 6, according to an Army spokesman.

Tammy Duckworth sitting on a bicycle: Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., says authorities must bring © SAUL LOEB, AFP via Getty Images Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., says authorities must bring "the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and conspiracy theorists who formed this mob to justice.”

The Army is investigating Capt. Emily Rainey’s presence at the Capitol and what she did there, said Maj. Dan Lessard, spokesperson for 1st Special Forces Command (Airborne) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. It is unclear if she violated any laws, he said.

Rioters stormed the Capitol and interrupted Congress’ formal count of the state-certified Electoral College victory of President-elect Joe Biden in a melee that left five people dead.

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A psychological operations officer at Fort Bragg is under investigation by the Army after leading a group of Hawaii proud boys leader seen smoking during capitol riot to appear in However, there are caveats. The Department of Defense directive prohibits active - duty service

(Reuters) - As investigators seek to identify rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol , police And in Florida the Sanford Fire Department said it placed one of its firefighters on administrative leave and was investigating after a photo and video emerged online that appeared to show him among the mob.

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Rainey is an active duty psychological operations officer assigned to the 4th Psychological Operations Group (Airborne). Her request to retire was approved in November, and she is to leave the Army in April, Lessard said.

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On Monday, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Illinois, asked acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller to allow military criminal investigators to join civilian law enforcement authorities in determining if troops or veterans took part in the insurrection. The Pentagon acknowledged receiving Duckworth’s letter.

Duckworth, D-Ill.,  a member of the Senate Armed Services Committee, asked  by letter that military criminal investigators determine whether service members or veterans “engaged in insurrection or participated in a seditious conspiracy.”

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(Reuters) - As investigators seek to identify rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol , police departments in Virginia and Washington state have placed officers on leave as authorities examine whether they took part in unlawful acts while off- duty . Fire departments in Florida and New York City have also said

As investigators seek to identify rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol , police departments in Virginia and Washington state have placed officers on leave as January 10, 2021 9:56 PM Updated 24 minutes ago. Off- duty police, firefighters under investigation in connection with U.S. Capitol riot .

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“Our Nation must demonstrate resolve and resilience in bringing the neo-Nazis, white supremacists and conspiracy theorists who formed this mob to justice,” Duckworth wrote. “This includes addressing deeply troubling reports that members of the U.S. Armed Forces” and veterans took part in the mayhem that resulted in five deaths.

Rep. Jason Crow, D-Colo., also asked Pentagon officials to determine whether current or former members of the military were involved in the attack.

Rioting at the Capitol, Duckworth wrote, would violate the pledge troops take to defend the Constitution and be a “disgraceful insult” to the majority of troops who serve honorably.

“Upholding good order and discipline demands that the U.S. Armed Forces root out extremists that infiltrate the military and threaten our national security,” wrote Duckworth, an Iraq War veteran.

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If the Capitol officers were proven to be helping the terrorists would that legally qualify as treason? The suspended officers had gone viral for their conduct during the riots . They were on alert at least a week ago, I guarantee it. When I was active duty , we rotated "on duty" QRF teams monthly, each

As investigators seek to identify rioters who stormed the U.S. Capitol , police departments in Virginia and Washington state have placed officers on leave as authorities examine whether they Others are facing similar repercussions at work for their participation in Wednesday's riot at the U.S. Capitol .

Crow, a former Army Ranger, said he spoke with Army Secretary Ryan McCarthy on Sunday and was told that "at least 25 domestic terrorism cases have been opened as a result of the assault on the Capitol."

A Defense Department official said some troops – active and reserve duty – may have been involved in the riot, and the military will investigate them as necessary.

"There is concern that military members may have been involved in the riot," the official said.

The Pentagon was asked to review all members of the security detail for Biden's inauguration Jan. 20 to ensure they are "not sympathetic to domestic terrorists," Crow said.

This article originally appeared on USA TODAY: In wake of Capitol riot, active-duty Army officer under investigation

Actions by 'all actors,' including Trump, may be under scrutiny following violence at the Capitol, prosecutor says .
"We're looking at all actors," Acting U.S. Attorney Michael Sherwin said when asked about the role Trump played.Actions by President Donald Trump, who had encouraged his supporters to go to the Capitol as he continued to falsely claim that the election had been stolen from him, may not be exempted from scrutiny.

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