U.S. Attorney General Merrick Garland plans to speak Wednesday about the Justice Department's efforts to investigate and prosecute those involved in the riots in the United States Capitol a year ago.
Garland's comments to the Justice Department workforce, scheduled for 2:30 p.m. ET, will come the day before the anniversary of the riot in which more than 2,000 supporters of then-President Donald Trump broke into the building of the Capitol to protest the presidential elections.
Garland "will also reaffirm the department's unwavering commitment to defending Americans and American democracy from violence and threats of violence," according to a statement issued by the department.
A Justice official, who spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the speech had not yet been officially announced, said Garland would not speak about specific individuals or charges, it reported. The Washington Post.
The Democratic-controlled House is also investigating the events of January 6 and has subpoenaed several members of the Trump administration, along with dozens of other extremist individuals and organizations.
On January 6, 2021, at a rally near the White House before the riots unfolded, Trump urged his supporters to "fight like hell" on Capitol Hill to allegedly prevent lawmakers from certifying that Democrat Joe Biden He had defeated him in the November 2020 elections. Since the riot, more than 725 participants have been arrested and charged with a variety of crimes, from minor offenses like breaking and entering to more serious crimes like attacking the police.
After the Capitol was cleared of protesters, Congress certified Biden's electoral victory in the early hours of January 7.
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