USD 500,000 worth Bitcoin payments made before Capitol Attacks
More than 100 individuals have been arrested by the US Security Agency post Capitol Hill Riots. On January 6th, Trump supporters halted the counting of Electoral votes temporarily causing deaths of 5 individuals, including a police officer.
A Bitcoin Payment worth over USD 500,000 to 22 alt-right groups before the Capitol Hill Riots took place. In a blogpost, cryptocurrency compliance startup Chainalysis said that payment of 28.15 bitcoins was made by a French donor on December 8, 2020. “We have also gathered evidence that strongly suggests the donor was a now-deceased computer programmer based in France,” Chainalysis said in the report.
In the evidence uncovered so far, weapons and tactics seen on the surveillance, suggests that the attack was not just a protest that went out of control. The Justice Department also announced on Thursday evening that the FBI had received more than 140,000 tips identifying rioters and had opened about 200 subject case files. The FBI is looking at individuals who may have an eye towards repeating a similar kind of violence at the Capitol Hill last week.