U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland has vowed to bring “at any level” to justice on January 6, in a speech to the Department of Justice on the eve of the first anniversary of the attack on the U.S. capital.
Garland on Wednesday defended the Justice Department’s work in pursuing those involved in the Capitol riots that left at least five people dead, injured hundreds more and certified Joe Biden’s victory in the Electoral College. interrupted.
Progressive people have accused the DoJ of not acting aggressively enough to pursue Donald Trump and his supporters in connection with the attacks.
“We understand that there are questions about how long the investigation will take, and about what exactly we are doing,” Garland said. “Our answer is, and will continue to be, the same answer we would give to any ongoing investigation: as long as it takes and whatever it takes to do justice, in accordance with the facts and the law.”
Garland said the Department of Justice issued more than 5,000 subpoenas and search warrants, reviewed more than 20,000 hours of video footage, and received tips from more than 300,000 civilians as part of the ongoing investigation. The attorney general said more than 725 defendants have already been charged with criminal charges related to the attack, and indicated that larger charges may yet have to come.
“The actions we have taken so far will not be our last,” the attorney general added. “The Department of Justice remains committed to holding all offenders of 6 January accountable at any level under law, whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy. We will follow the facts wherever they lead. ”
Trump and most members of his inner circle have so far evaded criminal charges related to January 6th. However, Steve Bannon, the former president’s one-time adviser, was charged with contempt of Congress late last year after failing to comply with a subpoena issued by a congressional committee conducting its own investigation into the Capitol attack.