Justice Department considers not charging all Capitol rioters, amid concerns of flooding the courts

Justice Department considers not charging all Capitol rioters, amid concerns of flooding the courts

Officials
from
the

Department
of
Justice
may
be
considering
not
prosecuting
every
rioter
who

illegally
breached
the
U.S.
Capitol
on
Jan.
6,
according
to
reporting
by
the
Washington
Post
Saturday

a
move
that
could
prove
controversial.

The

publication
reported
that
the
Justice
Department
is
in
the
early
stages
of
discussing
this
route,
but
Fox
News
could
not
reach
the
department
to
confirm
the
decision.

PROSECUTORS
SAY
‘STRONG
EVIDENCE’
SHOWS
CAPITOL
RIOTERS
WANTED
TO
‘CAPTURE
AND
ASSASSINATE’
OFFICIALS

Roughly

120
people
have
been
charged
with
the
storming
of
the
Capitol
earlier
this
month,
though
with
hundreds
of
other
pro-Trump
supporters
who
charged
the
legislative
building,
federal
prosecutors
could
be
looking
at
years
of
pumping
cases
through
the
courts.

Acting
U.S.
Attorney
for
District
of
Columbia
Michael
Sherwin
vowed
to
“bring
the
most
maximum
charges
we
can
based
upon
the
conduct.”

“We’re
not
going
to
keep
anything
out
of
our
arsenal
for
potential
charges,”
Sherwin
said
at
a
news
conference
earlier
this
month.
“We
will
bring
the
most
maximum
charges
we
can
based
upon
the
conduct.”

Federal
prosecutors
have
said
that
there
is
evidence
that
at
least
some
of
the
rioters
who
charged
the
building,
did
so
with
the
intent
to
“capture
and
assassinate”
elected
officials.

Videos
that
emerged
during
and
following
the
event
on
social
media
showed
several
individuals
calling
out
the
names
of
specific
lawmakers,
like
Speaker
of
the
House
Nancy
Pelosi,
Rep.
Alexandria
Ocasio-Cortez,
D-N.Y.,
 and 
former
Vice
President
Mike
Pence

suggesting
they
were
targeting
the
elected
officials.

Neither
Pelosi
nor
Ocasio-Cortez
could
be
immediately
reached
for
comment,
but
both
have
responded
to
the
attack
on
the
Capitol
with
aggressive
push
back.

Pelosi
led
the
charge
to
see
President
Trump
impeached
from
the
White
House
for
the
second
time,
following
the
attack.

“We
know
that
the
president
of
the
United
State
incited
this
insurrection,
this
armed
rebellion,
against
our
common
country,”
House
Speaker
Nancy
Pelosi
said
in
the
lead
up
to
the
vote.
“He
must
go.
He
is
a
clear
and
present
danger
to
the
nation
that
we
all
love.”

And
Ocasio-Cortez
has
pushed
to
have
Republican
lawmakers,
who
objected
to
certain
state’s
Electoral
College
votes,
removed
from
office.

An
estimated
800
people
charged
the
Capitol
in
protest
of
the
Electoral
College
results,
largely
due
to
Trump’s
continued
claims
that
the
election
was
“rigged,”
even
though
the
Justice
Department
asserted
there
was
no
evidence
of
wide
spread
election
fraud.

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Some
federal
officials
now
believe
that
those
who
did
not
engage
in
violent
or
threatening
behavior
in
the
Capitol should
not
be
charged,
despite
having
committed
“unlawful
entry”
of
the
Capitol
building,
reported
the
Washington
Post.

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