Justice Department Requests More Resources to Prosecute January 6 Defendants

Justice Department Requests More Resources to Prosecute January 6 Defendants

April 7, 2022, WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Department of Justice has initiated the most sprawling and massive investigation to date, in the history of the United States in order to track down and prosecute people who were involved in the January 6 breach of the U.S. Capitol.

According to Business Insider:

The Justice Department wants to hire 131 additional lawyers to help with the hundreds of prosecutions stemming from the January 6, 2021 attack on the Capitol, according to the Biden administration’s budget request for the upcoming fiscal year.

Rolling out the Justice Department’s portion of that request Monday, Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco emphasized the scope of the January 6 investigation, which law enforcement officials have repeatedly described as unprecedented.

In the nearly 15 months since a pro-mob stormed the Capitol, the Justice Department has brought more than 770 prosecutions, including cases charging members of far-right groups with seditious conspiracy.

‘The January 6 investigation is among the most wide-ranging and most complex that this department has ever undertaken. It reaches nearly every US attorney’s office, nearly every FBI field office,’ Monaco said.

‘Regardless of whatever resources we seek or get, let’s be very, very clear: We are going to continue to do those cases. We are going to hold those perpetrators accountable, no matter where the facts lead us, [and] as the attorney general has said, no matter at what level. We will do those cases,’ she added.

The Justice Department is seeking $34.1 million to bring on additional attorneys for the January 6 investigation. In total, Biden administration has requested nearly $37.7 billion in discretionary funding for the Justice Department, a more than $2.6 billion increase from the amount approved for the current fiscal year.

The request comes on the heels of the Justice Department securing convictions in the first trial connected to the Capitol attack. Earlier this month, a jury found a Texas man named Guy Reffitt guilty of trespassing on restricted Capitol grounds with a handgun, along with separate charges related to January 6. Reffitt, a member of the far-right Three Percenters militia, is set for sentencing on June 8.

Monaco, the second-ranking Justice Department official, said the requested funding would alleviate the pressure on US attorneys’ offices that have pitched in to assist with the sprawling January 6 investigation.

The prosecution of those cases, she said, ‘draws on resources from across the US attorneys’ offices — those same resources that are needed to fight violent crime, those same resources that are needed to investigate corporate crime across the country. Those same resources that are going to help us enforce our civil rights laws.’ – Business Insider

It is interesting that this article fails to mention the FBI’s involvement in the Three Percenters militia, a group the FBI had infiltrated prior to January 6, 2021.

Monaco is a long time Obama ally and was intimately involved in the “Russia Collusion” hoax.

I am sure the Republicans will grant them the resources they are requesting, as they have done nothing to date to indicate otherwise.

The DOJ and FBI have both admitted to working with so-called “citizen sleuths” in their witch hunt against January 6 protesters. The network is called them “sedition hunters” and they appear to be operating as a neo-stasi organization. Who knows if the federal government or contractors or even businesses in the private sector have given them access to tools and resources in their quest to hunt down Americans?

It is important to note that many of the people involved in prosecuting the January 6 cases are tied to the Obama administration or the Russia Collusion hoax. Julie Kelly of American Greatness reported on this last year:

In his first public remarks, Joe Biden’s acting deputy attorney general promised he would spare no resource in the nationwide manhunt for anyone involved in the Capitol breach on January 6.

‘The investigation into those responsible is moving at a speed and scale that is unprecedented, and rightly so,’ John Carlin said in a February speech on the threat of domestic terrorism. ‘Those responsible must be held to account, and they will be.’

Carlin referred to the Capitol melee as an example of ‘violent extremism.’

If Carlin’s name rings a bell, here’s why. Carlin headed Barack Obama’s National Security Division at the Justice Department for more than two years; his office handled all the evidence presented to the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court (FISC) seeking permission to spy on suspected enemies of America. 

Just weeks before the 2016 presidential election, Carlin’s shop persuaded the court, based on the so-called Steele dossier authored by a British operative paid by the Democratic Party and Hillary Clinton, that Carter Page, a Trump campaign advisor, was a ‘foreign agent’ of Russia. The dossier—consisting largely of unverified opposition research—was central to validating the FBI’s investigation into Donald Trump and his campaign.

Carlin left the agency on October 15, 2016—the FISA warrant to spy on Carter Page was approved by FISC on October 21, 2016, and reapproved three more times. An inspector general’s report later concluded the original FISA applications were filled with “significant errors and omissions,” to put it charitably; the secret court itself blasted the many failings of the Page FISA process.

Carter Page’s life was nearly destroyed, yet not one Obama-era government official responsible for initiating the crusade against him has so much as apologized. Instead, Carlin continued to perpetuate the phony Russian collusion myth by vilifying other Trump aides, including Lt. General Mike Flynn. In 2017, Carlin condemned Flynn’s ‘secret’ conversations with a Russian ambassador as posing a threat to the country that must be investigated. 

He warned career Justice Department employees would resign if Trump fired Special Counsel Robert Mueller. As Democrats considered impeaching Trump in 2019, Carlin described Trump’s phone call with the Ukrainian president as ‘corrupt.’

Despite assurances that his Justice Department will be independent and free from partisan bias, Joe Biden (or whoever is running the White House) is stacking the agency with Obama loyalists who have a history of weaponizing their authority against political foes. Their actions in office and public comments during Trump’s presidency are disqualifying on their face, never mind that they remove all doubt that these appointees are unfair and selective enforcers of the rule of law.

Merrick Garland, an Obama Justice Department appointee and Obama’s scuttled nominee to the Supreme Court, could be confirmed by the full Senate this week. The judge gave off serious Robert Mueller vibes at his hearing a few weeks ago, which signals that his top aides will be in charge. That isn’t a good sign for Trump, his aides, or his supporters, as it’s highly likely Justice Department brass will continue what they started in 2016—nonstop investigations into the former president and anyone in his orbit.

The Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday is scheduled to hold a hearing for Lisa Monaco as deputy attorney general. Monaco would replace Carlin, who then would become her top deputy. The pair have a long history together as friends and colleagues, both having headed Obama’s National Security Division.

Carlin and Monaco have something else in common: each served as chief of staff to Robert Mueller when he was head of the FBI. In fact, none other than Andrew Weissman, Mueller’s top henchman turned anti-Trump MSNBC commentator, called Monaco ‘the truly ideal choice’ to be second-in-command at the Justice Department.

Aside from her involvement in the manufactured Trump-Russia collusion hoax, an egregious crusade to delegitimize Trump’s presidency, Monaco’s statements since leaving the White House don’t inspire trust she will use a blind, nonpartisan eye at Biden’s Justice Department. CNN hired Monaco as a national security analyst; she often appeared on the network to push Russian collusion propaganda, including accusations that Michael Flynn violated the Logan Act, a menacing comment from someone who may become the second-most-powerful law enforcement official in the country.

Last year, Monaco claimed the Trump Administration ‘ignored’ an alleged pandemic preparedness plan created by Obama officials on their way out the door.

She co-authored a 2018 Washington Postop-ed demanding the Trump Administration direct more funding to combat ‘far-right extremism’ and ‘white-supremacist violence.’

After January 6, those descriptors are used not only to apply to everyone involved in the Capitol breach but also extend to anyone who attended Trump’s speech and, in many circles (especially the news media), the nearly 75 millions Americans who voted to reelect the president. It’s no coincidence Biden, calling the protestors ‘domestic terrorists,’ formally announced Garland as his pick for attorney general the day after the Capitol riots. – Julie Kelly, American Greatness

The American public should be aware of the people who are currently running the Department of Justice and the FBI, and their potential motivations and biases. If they do get the additional resources they are requesting, I think it is safe to say we can expect the same virulent, heavy handed, politically charged, and aggressive actions and tactics that have come to characterize the government’s approach to the Capitol Breach cases. Indeed, in a “60 Minutes” interview, DOJ official Michael Sherwin called it a “Shock and Awe” campaign. He admitted it was designed to intimidate and have a chilling effect on would be protesters. That is the current mold of the DOJ and FBI. Just imagine what they can do with more resources.

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