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The FBI is asking the public to help identify rioters at the Capitol

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By Sadie Gurman

The FBI is seeking information that will help identify people who instigated violence when they stormed and vandalized the U.S. Capitol on Wednesday.

The bureau said it is accepting tips and pictures, video and other media showing rioting and violence in the building and surrounding area. Authorities are trying to determine who may have broken federal laws.

Rioters barged into the Capitol during a pro-Trump protest, interrupting congressional proceedings to certify Joe Biden’s election as president. One woman was fatally shot by police inside the Capitol and three others died in the course of the protest of what officials described as “medical emergencies.”

“If you have witnessed unlawful violent actions, we urge you to submit any information, photos, or videos that could be relevant at fbi.gov/USCapitol,” the bureau said in a statement. “Our goal is to preserve the public’s constitutional right to protest by protecting everyone from violence and other criminal activity.”

An expanded version of this article appears on WSJ.com

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