AG Barr Reportedly Tells Prosecutors To Charge Violent Protesters With Conspiracy To Overthrow Government.
Attorney General William Barr told federal prosecutors to consider charging violent protesters with plotting to overthrow the U.S. government, the Wall Street Journal reported citing anonymous sources, the latest move by the U.S. Department of Justice to crack down on demonstrations for police reform and against racism that have swept the nation.
During a conference call with U.S. attorneys last week, Barr reportedly told prosecutors to be aggressive when charging violent protesters and aim for multiple federal charges whenever possible, including sedition, which is a conspiracy by two or more people to overthrow the government. That would fall in line with an executive order issued by President Donald Trump in June announcing the DOJ will “prosecute to the fullest extent permitted under Federal Law” anyone who damages government property or incites violence. Legal experts say proving sedition charges in court would be difficult and could run up against First Amendment protections. Trump has made cracking down on the protests a key message in his reelection campaign, often claiming Democrat-led cities are unable to keep violent demonstrations under control. Barr has defended federal law enforcement’s aggressive response to demonstrations in Portland and elsewhere, arguing “violent rioters and anarchists have hijacked legitimate protests.” Over 200 people have been charged with violent crimes related to the protests, mostly with counts of arson, and assault. The DOJ didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment from Forbes and declined to comment to the Wall Street Journal.
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