US attorneys across the nation condemn Capitol protest whereas FBI director stays silent

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US attorneys around the country condemn Capitol protest while FBI director remains silent

A lawyer called the violent demonstrators “anarchists, not patriots”.

January 7, 2021, 4:31 a.m.

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Outgoing US attorneys from across the country condemned the storming of the US Capitol in Washington, DC on Wednesday. Some have pledged to bring charges against anyone in their state who may have violated federal law.

So far, at least 12 have come out publicly saying they would incriminate those involved if they got out of their jurisdiction.

“I was out in the district to say goodbye to the EDVA team, hence my delay, as I just told you,” he tweeted. “We asked our colleagues at the DOJ and DC USAO for assistance with search and arrest warrants. This is despicable, a farce and the darkest day since September 11th.”

David DeVillers, the US attorney from the southern Ohio district, tweeted directly that federal crimes were committed at the Capitol on Wednesday.

“Make no mistake … Federal crimes were committed at our nation’s headquarters today. Anyone who has traveled from the southern Ohio district to commit such crimes will be prosecuted in the southern Ohio district,” he said.

The FBI said in a statement that they are helping their law enforcement partners, but so far there has been no statement from FBI Director Christopher Wray himself.

In June, Wray commented on the riots following George Floyd’s death.

“In the past few days, the violence, threats to life and property destruction that we have seen in some parts of the country threaten the rights and safety of all citizens, including peaceful protesters. You must stop. We see people doing this Take advantage of the situation to pursue violent, extremist agendas – anarchists like Antifa and other agitators, “he said at the time.

FILE PHOTO: FBI Director Christopher Wray speaks during a press conference at the Department of Justice in Washington, DC, the United States, on Oct. 7, 2020.

“These individuals set out to sow discord and upheaval rather than join the righteous pursuit of equality and justice. And by driving us apart, they are undermining the urgent work and constructive commitment of all who try to bring us together – ours Community and religious leaders, our elected officials, law enforcement agencies and citizens alike. Many have suffered from the violence unleashed by these radicals and extremists, including members of our own law enforcement family – officials who have been killed or seriously injured in their work Duty to the public by trying to protect everyone, “added Wray.

Acting Attorney General Jeff Rosen, hours after the late Attorney General William Barr released his own statement Wednesday condemning violence in the Capitol, condemned what he called an “intolerable attack on a fundamental institution of our democracy.” .

When asked about the events on Wednesday, a spokesman declined to hire the US law firm in DC, which normally goes on to prosecute those who broke federal law all day and those during the summer Protesters involved in the riot aggressively pursued comment on ABC News.

Department of Homeland Security Assistant Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said what he saw in the Capitol was a “sad day for America” ​​and condemned the actions of those involved.

Erin Nealey Cox, the US attorney from the northern Texas district who serves on the Department of Justice’s task force on violent anti-government extremists, called those who attacked the Capitol “anarchists, not patriots.”