Atty. General Merrick Garland promises to account for the January 6 uprising

Speaking a day before the first anniversary of the attack on the American Capitol, Atty. General Merrick Garland vowed Wednesday to take into account those “at every level” in the riot, whether they were present during the melee or not.

In his speech to the Department of Justice, announced as an update to staff on the insurgency investigation, Garland retaliated against critics who criticized his efforts to focus aggressively on those who organized or incited the riot. He called the study the “largest, most complex and most resource-intensive” in the department’s history and noted that such probes take time. “We will follow the facts – no agenda or an assumption,” he said. “The facts tell us where to go.”

Noting that 145 rioters pleaded guilty to crimes and another 20 pleaded guilty to crimes, the attorney general said prosecutors had issued more than 5,000 subpoenas, and investigators seized 2,000 electronic devices, pored by 20,000 hours of video, 000 hours, 000 tips. of the public.

“We understand that there are questions about how long the investigation will take, and about what exactly we are doing,” he said. “Our answer is, and will always be, the same answer we would give to any ongoing investigation: as long as it lasts and whatever it takes to do justice – in accordance with the facts and the law.”

Garland did not name former President Trump or give any clues as to who might be in the crosshairs of prosecutors outside of the 725 people already accused of the violent attack by a crowd seeking the certification of to block the Congress of President Biden’s victory.

Garland’s speech came when the department was criticized this week over the question of whether it has aggressively pursued those who played roles in planning or encouraging the riot.

Rep. Ruben Gallego (D-Ariz.) Accused Garland of being “extremely weak” and “feckless” in how his department pursued the probe.

“There should be a lot more of the January 6 organizers who have to be arrested now,” Gallego told CNN on Tuesday.

Sandra Garza, the longtime girlfriend of Capitol Police Officer Brian Sicknick, who died a day after fighting rioters, said Trump “should go to jail.”

“I hold Donald Trump 100% responsible for what happened on January 6 and all the people who turned him on, turned him on that day, and continue to turn on him now,” Garzatold told PBS Newshour on Monday.

Sicknick was sprayed with a chemical substance during the uprising and crashed hours later. He died the next night in a hospital. Although a medical investigator determined that he had suffered two strokes and died of natural causes, the Capitol Police consider that his death was in the line of duty.

More than 100 police officers were injured in a clash with thousands of Trump supporters, many of whom attended a rally in which the president urged them to go to the Capitol and “fight like hell.” Authorities said the violence contributed to five deaths, including Sicknick’s. Garland cried for a moment of silence in his speech to Sicknick and four other officers who committed suicide in the weeks following the attack.

In his speech, the Attorney General said that the Ministry of Justice had also strengthened its enforcement of the escalation of violence in the direction of “those who serve the public”, including election officials, journalists, flight crews and local elected officials. Capitol Police have also picked up a sharp spike in threats against members of Congress and senators.

“We have all seen that Americans who serve and deal with the public at every level – many of whom work our democracy every day – are illegally targeting threats of violence and real violence,” Garland said.

The threats “permeate so many parts of our national lives that they run the risk of becoming normal and routine if we do not stop them,” he warned.

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