On third anniversary of Jan. 6, conversation swirls over prosecutorial efforts

by ian

The hunt for those who participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, riot at the US Capitol continues as the nation marks the third anniversary of the event.

President Joe Biden commemorated the occasion on Friday with a speech in Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, during which he focused heavily on former President Donald Trump while also continuing to call those who attended the riot “insurrectionists” participating in a “violent assault.”

Since the riot, the FBI and Justice Department have been busy locating, charging, and prosecuting these individuals. The FBI announced on Saturday that it had captured three people charged over Jan. 6. These three were charged and had been searched for since the Summer of 2021, and were declared fugitives when they didn’t appear for their trials in the Summer of 2023.

Shortly after the riot, many Democrat and Republican politicians agreed that those who were present and participated should be brought to justice. The Justice Department then launched what has now become the largest investigative operation in FBI history.

As of Jan. 6 of this year, the FBI has charged 1,256 defendants in connection with what happened in 2021. However, not everyone is as gung-ho about charging every person who was present. Former Attorney General Bill Barr is one of these voices.

Barr said in a weekend Fox News interview that there were violent offenders who “should have been prosecuted,” but that leftists have “cast their net far too broadly” in going after every person there. In addition, the general populace is beginning to come around to a sort of understanding concerning these rioters.

As we reported last week, a Suffolk University/USA Today poll suggests that about 4 in 10 voters say the rioters “went too far” – similar to what former AG Barr said – but these voters also say the rioters “had a point.” Less than half of Americans view them as criminals, and that’s down from 70% three years ago, but the overwhelming majority still say their actions were inappropriate.