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First responders arrive on the scene to investigate reports of an explosive device near the Library of Congress on Capitol Hill on Aug. 19. Photo: Win McNamee via Getty Images

The Capitol Hill bomb threat suspect who surrendered to police after an hours-long standoff faces charges of threatening to use a weapon of mass destruction and attempting to use an explosive device, according to the affidavit unsealed on Friday.

Why it matters: Floyd Ray Roseberry, who could face a lifetime in prison and a fine of up to $500,000, was taken into custody after making bomb threats near the Library of Congress on Thursday.

  • U.S. Capitol Police said no bomb was found in his vehicle, though the truck did contain undisclosed bomb-making materials.

Driving the news: A woman related to Roseberry warned North Carolina law enforcement on Wednesday that he "expressed anti-government views" and intended to travel to D.C. in order to commit violence, according to the affidavit.

  • Law enforcement obtained copies of a Facebook video broadcast from his truck, in which Roseberry is heard saying: "The f***ing revolution starts today Joe Biden."
    • "And before you go crackin’ any pop on me, you better get your military experts out, ask them motherf***ers what a 7 pound keg of gun powder will do with 2.5 pound of Tannerite on that motherf***er."
  • After he was arrested, police recovered a can with an unknown powder in it, the affidavit said. "A fabricated trigger was attached to the top of the can," which has been sent to an FBI laboratory for examination.

Worth noting: Magistrate Judge Zia Faruqui, who is overseeing Roseberry's case before the U.S. District Court in Washington, D.C., ordered a competency hearing after Roseberry said he takes "mind medicine" and that his memory "isn't that well," BuzzFeed reports.

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Smaller than expected "Justice for J6" rally met with large police presence

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A few hundred demonstrators were met by a heavy law enforcement presence on Saturday at the "Justice for J6" rally outside the fenced-off U.S. Capitol, AP reports.

The latest: Four people were arrested at the rally, including one person with a gun, one with a knife and two with outstanding warrants, per the U.S. Capitol Police.

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Congressman criminally charged with lying to feds

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry. Photo: Al Drago/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Rep. Jeff Fortenberry (R-Neb.) has been indicted on charges he falsified records and lied to federal investigators probing an illegal foreign donation scheme, the Justice Department announced on Tuesday.

Driving the news: DOJ says a Fortenberry associate, who later cooperated with investigators, informed him he'd likely received illegal donations from an intermediary for a foreign national, but that Fortenberry denied any knowledge of such a scheme when contacted by the FBI.

"Assassin's Creed," but for schools

"Viking Age: Discovery Tour." Image via Ubisoft

For the third time since 2018, Ubisoft is releasing a nonviolent version of its latest “Assassin’s Creed” game as part of a unique effort to turn one of the medium’s most popular series into an educational tool.

Driving the news:Viking Age: Discovery Tour” transforms last year’s “Assassin’s Creed Valhalla” from a bloody 150-hour game about Viking conquest in 9th century England into a peaceful four-hour game about merchants and monks.

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