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- American judge and 86th United States Attorney General
Delivering remarks on Wednesday, Attorney General Merrick Garland said the Department of Justice will pursue anyone at “any level” who may be criminally responsible in the Jan. 6 insurrection, whether or not they were present at the Capitol attack.
MERRICK GARLAND: A necessary consequence of the prosecutorial approach of charging less serious offenses first is that courts impose shorter sentences before they impose longer ones. In recent weeks, however, as judges have sentenced the first defendants convicted of assaults and related violent conduct against officers, we have seen significant sentences that reflect the seriousness of those offenses both in terms of the injuries they caused and the serious risk they posed to our Democratic institutions. The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last.
The Justice Department remains committed to holding all January 6 perpetrators, at any level, accountable 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.