Feds Building Excessive Cases Against Capitol Rioters
The Justice Department (DOJ) on Tuesday said federal prosecutors will be working to build “seditious and conspiracy charges” against some rioters who breached the U.S. Capitol last week.
“Yesterday, our office organized a strike force of very senior national security prosecutors and public corruption prosecutors. Their only marching orders from me are to build seditious and conspiracy charges related to the most heinous acts that occurred in the Capitol,” Michael Sherwin, the acting U.S. attorney for Washington, said in a press conference.
“And these are significant charges that have felonies with a prison term of up to 20 years.” The DOJ has so far opened 170 cases related to the events on Jan. 6 where civil unrest and acts of violence at the U.S. Capitol marred otherwise peaceful protests. A group of rioters and some protesters waving American and Trump flags illegally stormed the Capitol building.