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This Thursday marks one year of the violent incursion into the Capitol by the followers of former President Donald Trump, so the attorney general, Merrick Garland, noted that the Department of Justice (DOJ) will seek to hold everyone involved “accountable.”
“We will follow the facts wherever they take us,” he said Wednesday. “Because January 6 was an unprecedented attack on the seat of our democracy, we understand that there is broad public interest in our investigation.”
As part of the investigations, Capitol Police Chief Thomas Manger testified before the Senate Rules Committee, chaired by Democrat Amy Klobuchar (Minnesota), who cited the police command over the more than 9,000 threats against legislators in 2021.
“I think the biggest challenge we have is keeping up with the number of threats,” acknowledged Manger. “We have doubled the number of officers investigating these threats. If they continue to climb the way they have, we will clearly need more officers. ”
The act that stopped for a few hours the joint session of Congress – and left five people dead – chaired by the former vice president Mike pence, where the votes of the Electoral College in favor of the now president would be qualified Joe biden.
Tomorrow, the Democratic president will give a speech and will honor the policemen who faced the rowdy ones.
“(The president) will speak of the work that we still have to do to ensure and strengthen our democracy and our institutions, to reject the hatred and lies we saw on January 6 and unite our country,” said the White House spokeswoman , Jen Psaki.
More than 2,500 involved
The DOJ notes that 2,500 people participated in the violent actsBut the FBI and other agencies have managed to arrest more than 700 people.
Police Chief Manger considered that people should be prosecuted if they committed a crime.
“If they committed a crime they should be prosecuted,” Manger said.
Prosecutor Garland insisted that the investigations will reach their final consequences.
“We will defend our democratic institutions from attack. We will protect those who serve the public from violence and threats of violence, ”he said. “We will protect the cornerstone of our democracy: the right of every eligible citizen to cast a vote that counts.”
And in the chamber
The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Nancy Pelosi (California), achieved the integration of the Select Committee to investigate the violent acts.
On the panel are two Republicans, Liz Cheney (Wyoming) and Adam Kinzinger (Illinois), who have been criticized by their colleagues and former President Trump.
The Committee has faced problems obtaining testimony from some key figures, including former Republican President Steve Bannon’s chief adviser and former Gabiente chief Mike Meadows, who were held in contempt.
Lawmakers hope to have access to more than 700 White House documents on the insurrection and the 2020 electoral process, something former President Trump wanted to stop but lost in court, although he hopes the Supreme Court will hear the case.
The former president has criticized the investigations and intended to hold a press conference this Thursday at his Mar-a-Lago hotel, Florida, but canceled it after pressure from his allies, such as Senator Lindsey Graham (South Carolina).
“In light of the sheer bias and dishonesty of the Jan 6 Non-Elected Democratic Committee, two failed Republicans, and the fake news media, I will cancel the Jan 6 press conference in Mar-a-Lago on Thursday,” Trump said.
ANDl Department of Homeland Security (DHS) listed Domestic Violent Extremists (DVE), including those who move for racial or ethnic reasons and the anti-government and anti-authority as part of their priorities to monitor.
“They will continue to pose a significant threat to our homeland,” acknowledged DHS in its terrorism bulletin last November.
The president and CEO of the Center for American Progress, Patrick Gaspard, believes that the events on Capitol Hill were not “an isolated attack.”
“Tragically, this was not an isolated and random episode. This attack was orchestrated by a network of ultra-nationalists, white supremacists and violent militias, which we have failed to investigate and prosecute for years ”, he considered.
The divisions in the country continue, as it highlights that 4 out of 10 Republican and independent voters believe that violence against the government is “sometimes justified”, according to a survey by The Washington Post-University of Maryland.