WASHINGTON — Legal professional Basic Merrick Garland on Wednesday vowed to carry accountable anybody who was liable for final 12 months’s rebellion on the U.S. Capitol, whether or not they have been bodily there or not.
In a speech to Justice Division staff, Garland stated prosecutors remained “dedicated to holding all January sixth perpetrators, at any stage, accountable beneath legislation.”
His remarks come simply shy of the one-year anniversary of the assault on the Capitol and because the Justice Division has confronted elevated strain from some Democrats to focus extra on actions which will have impressed the 1000’s of pro-Trump rioters to storm the constructing.
“We are going to comply with the information wherever they lead,” Garland stated in his speech. “The actions we’ve taken to date is not going to be our final.”
The investigation into the assault on the Capitol is the biggest within the Justice Division’s historical past. To date, greater than 700 individuals have been arrested and 350 others are nonetheless being sought by the FBI, together with 250 of whom are accused of assaulting cops.
Garland additionally detailed the intense assaults on legislation enforcement officers, describing intimately how officers have been crushed and shocked with stun weapons. Throughout January’s riot, one officer was crushed and shocked with a stun gun repeatedly till he had a coronary heart assault; one other was foaming on the mouth and screaming for assist as rioters crushed him between two doorways and bashed him within the head along with his personal weapon.
“These concerned have to be held accountable, and there’s no increased precedence for us on the Division of Justice,” Garland stated.