The federal government awarded a contract in May to Deloitte Financial Advisory Services, LLP, worth $6.1 million for developing a database related to the protests at the Capitol building on January 6. The contract could be modified to be worth as much as $25.9 million, according to reporting from The Epoch Times.
The Department of Justice has the database developed to manage evidence that claims will be needed for current and future prosecutions of defendants charged with the Capitol protests.
PJ Media reported that DOJ prosecutors told a federal court that the new database is essential:
“Following the Capitol Breach, the United States recognized that due to the nature and volume of materials being collected, the government would require the use of an outside contractor who could provide litigation technology support services to include highly technical and specialized data and document processing and review capabilities.”
Rep. Lauren Boebert (R-CO) is among lawmakers and others questioning the priorities of the DOJ in allocating its investigative resources. She wrote on Twitter on July 9: “The DOJ is going to spend $6.1 million on a January 6 database. Where is the ANTIFA database? Where is the BLM database? It’s as if the DOJ has given up on all investigations other than January 6.”
Since January 6, the Capitol Police have been making plans to expand their operations beyond the jurisdiction of the Capitol complex and surrounding areas they are charged to protect. The agency is planning offices in Florida and California, with other states to be included soon. According to the Capitol Police, these expansions will be related to intelligence gathering and analysis related to threats to the safety of members of Congress.
The Capitol Police disclosed plans to expand intelligence operations and cooperation with other federal intelligence agencies on gathering domestic data on citizens and persons: “Internally, the Department has vastly increased the information shared with sworn officers about obtained intelligence and event planning. Externally, USCP leadership has increased intelligence sharing and collaboration between all of our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners as well as increased our partnership within the intelligence community and Congressional stakeholders.”
At least 535 people have been formally charged in federal court with criminal offenses related to the protests. The government is still seeking help from the public to identify hundreds more. No person has yet been charged with sedition or conspiracy to overthrow the U.S. government.