Justice Department, FBI debating whether to charge all those involved in Capitol riots




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BY CELINE CASTRONUOVO

Abuja (Sundiata Post) – Justice Department and FBI officials are reportedly discussing whether or everyone who stormed Capitol on Jan. 6 should be charged, with some arguing that charges should be filed for those who did engage in violent behavior.

Washington Post reported on internal deliberations Saturday, citing multiple familiar with discussions. The Post added that discussions on such a decision are in the early stages, with no formal stance taken on the matter.

sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity to freely discuss legal deliberations, reportedly told Post that some federal officials pointed out logistical concerns of the cases swamping the local courthouse. Authorities estimate that roughly 800 stormed the Capitol during the deadly pro- .

Individuals have been arrested across multiple states in connection with the attack, but each case is being prosecuted by the .S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia.

As of Saturday, the Justice Department has already charged than 135 individuals with committing crimes on or around the grounds of the Capitol, with charges expected in the coming weeks and months.

Some federal officials have also internally proposed that those individuals who were only known to have committed unlawful entry, and were engaged in any violent behavior, should be charged, according to the newspaper.

However, officials have pushed back against this proposal, asserting the importance of using the charges to send a message that similar actions in the future will be tolerated.

The sources told the Post that they are sensitive to the fact that the credibility of the Justice Department and FBI could be called into question with such a decision.

Justice Department spokesman Marc Raimondi said in an email to the Post, “There is absolute resolve the Department of Justice to hold all who intentionally engaged in criminal acts at the Capitol accountable.”

“We have consistently made clear that we will follow the facts and evidence and charge individuals accordingly,” Raimondi added. “We remain confident that the .S. District Court for Washington, DC can appropriately handle the docket related to any resulting charges.”

The Hill has reached out to the Justice Department and FBI for additional comment.

Supporters of stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6 after the former president encouraged a crowd on the Mall to march to the Capitol and demand that Congress halt the certification of President ’s College victory.

At the time, Congress in the midst of debating an objection to the election results in the state of Arizona.

in the past has repeated a false claim that the election “stolen” him and that the election “rigged.”

Five died amid the chaos, including a Capitol officer who sustained injuries while responding to the rioting, as well as a woman shot by a plainclothes officer.

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