After a failed Republican candidate for Hawaii’s Statehouse aired his participation in the U.S. Capitol invasion on Wednesday, U.S. attorney from Hawaii Kenji Price promised his office would help bring participants in the mob to justice, the one Have a connection to the state.
Nick Ochs, a self-described “nationalist”, tweeted a photo from the Capitol on Wednesday. In it, he grins while posing with a male friend. Both smoke cigarettes in one of the most sacred rooms in America.
“Hello from the capital, lol,” Ochs wrote, mistyping Capitol. He also admitted to CNN that he had entered the building with other rioters, which was captured in photos taken by the local media.
Ochs is the founder of Proud Boys Hawaii, a local chapter of a far-right organization that the Southern Poverty Law Center classifies as a hate group.
Until Thursday afternoon, Ochs’ name did not appear in a criminal search in Washington DC or on a list of detainees released by Washington DC police.
In a statement that did not name Ochs or anyone else, Price said his office would be conducting or assisting with an investigation or prosecution into the uprising, which is “properly connected to our jurisdiction.”
“The acts of those who attacked the Capitol – and most importantly, tried to halt the process by which free people determine who will lead this nation in the years to come – are precisely against the principles that dozens of officials like I stand and I’ve risked my life and limb at times to defend myself, ”said Price, a former Army officer.
Hawaii Senator Karl Rhoads, chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Ochs and others who stormed the building should be held accountable.
“This is an attack on one of the sacred places of democracy, not just in the United States but in the world,” he said. “When people go in and ravage the place like they’re destroying an abandoned building, it only hits the heart of democracy in the United States.”
Ochs claimed in an interview with CNN on Wednesday evening that he had neither gone to a convention bureau nor to the chambers.
“We didn’t have to break in, I just went in and filmed,” CNN quoted Ochs as saying. “There were thousands of people there – they had no control over the situation. I was not stopped or questioned. “
US attorneys in many other states on Thursday also expressed their commitment to hold responsible insurgents in their districts accountable.
“I have two days left for this job,” tweeted Justin Herdman, the US attorney for the Northern District of Ohio. “In the remaining time I can sleep very little. If these individuals, or anyone else who has committed federal crimes at the Capitol today, are from North Ohio, you will be held accountable before I leave office. Coffee brews … “
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