WASHINGTON – Evidence obtained by the government in an investigation into the Jan. 6 attack on the Capitol may have found the bar needed to indict some of the suspects with treason, according to federal attorney Michael R., who led the Justice Department’s investigation. Sharwin, said in an interview aired Sunday.
The department has rarely been charged with treason, the crime of conspiring to overthrow the government.
But in an interview with “Min0 Minutes”, Mr Sherwin said prosecutors had evidence that such an allegation may have been substantiated.
“I personally believe that the evidence tends towards it, and possibly meets those elements,” Mr. Sherwin said. “I believe the facts support these allegations. And I think, as we move forward, more facts will support it. “
The last time federal prosecutors brought a treason case was in 2010, when they accused members of the Michigan military of conspiring to provoke an armed conflict with the government. He was eventually acquitted, and the judge in the case said the Justice Department did not prove sufficiently that the defendants “entered into a firm agreement to forcibly oppose the United States government.”
The sedition law also states that those who “oppose the government by force” or “use force to obstruct, disrupt or delay the enforcement of any law in the United States” can be charged with treason.
The government has accused some defendants of conspiring to derail President Biden’s election victory certificate on January 6.
Mr. Sherwin came forward as soon as he witnessed the crime. At a rally near the White House, as he dressed in his running clothes and entered the crowd, he saw a “carnival atmosphere” of people listening to speeches and selling T-shirts and snacks.
“I saw that there were some people in strategic gear. They were equipped with Kevlar vests. They continued wearing military helmets, he said in a “60 Minutes” interview. “I saw those individuals leave speeches early.”
“Where he was initially pro-Trump, he led anti-government, anti-Congress, anti-organization,” Mr Sherwin said. “And then I finally saw people climbing on the scaffolding. The scaffolding was being arranged for the inauguration. When I saw people climbing on the scaffolding, hanging from it, hanging flags, I was like, ‘This is getting worse fast.’ ”
From the outset, Mr. Sherwin oversaw the investigation as the U.S.’s acting attorney in Washington, the role he assigned to the new interim leader in early March. He left to lead the investigation on Friday and returned to Miami, where he remained line prosecutor.
Mr Sherwin told “60 Minutes” that the government had charged more than 400 people. Hundreds of them are charged and more than 100 are accused of assaulting officers, including Capitol police officer Brian de Sicnic, who died after fighting the riots.
Mr. Cinick and two other officers were sprayed with an unknown chemical agent that one of the attackers said was used to repel a bear.
Mr Sharwin said the medical examiner had not determined how S Fiser Synick died, so the two suspects were charged with assaulting an officer instead of murder. But that could change, he said.
“If the evidence has a direct chemical link to his death,” Mr Sherwin said, “in those circumstances, true, it’s a case of murder.”
Mr Sherwin said so far only 10 per cent of the cases deal with more complex conspiracies planned and executed by complex conspirators – including Oth Keepers, Three Percenters and proud members – to come to Washington to organize and breach the Capitol. Please.
He reiterated the claims he made immediately after the attack that prosecutor former President Donald J. Was investigating the behavior of Trump, who told his supporters to attend the Jan. 6 rally and gestured with baseless claims that he had won the election.
“It’s not clear if Trump was the magnet that drove people to D.C. on the 6th. Now the question is, is he guilty of anything that happened during the siege, during the breach? ”Said Mr. Sherwin.
“We have people keeping an eye on everything,” he said.