So much for all the sedition bull hockey…of course, this is in light of Democrats and Maxine Waters calls for riots and “confrontation” in the streets.
While leftist rubes wailed about “insurrection” , Biden’s Justice Department seems to be prosecuting a temporary interruption of Congress instead of an armed insurrection to overthrow the U.S. government.
After January 6, Democrats, the news media, and lots of Republicans vowed to stop at nothing to hold accountable every “insurrectionist” involved in the protest. But here we are, and most defendants are accused of acting as “interruptionists”—Americans who may have acted recklessly but no more criminally, for the most part, than violent protests against Trump’s first inauguration in 2017 or Brett Kavanaugh’s Senate confirmation in 2018.
The Biden Justice Department did score its first plea deal related to the January 6 protest on Capitol Hill: Jon Ryan Schaffer pleaded guilty to obstruction of an official proceeding and entering the Capitol with a dangerous or deadly weapon (bear spray that he did not use), and trespassing.
Due to some Pink Panther level sleuthing, Justice was able to determine that Schaffer came to DC “to protest the results of the presidential election, which he believed were fraudulent. Schaffer wore a tactical vest and carried bear spray, a dangerous weapon and chemical irritant used to ward off bears.” (Bear spray? Wut? For real??)
“On this 100th day since the horrific January 6 assault on the United States Capitol, Oath Keepers member Jon Schaffer has pleaded guilty to multiple felonies, including for breaching the Capitol while wearing a tactical vest and armed with bear spray, with the intent to interfere with Congress’ certification of the Electoral College results,” Acting Deputy Attorney General John Carlin said in the statement. “The FBI has made an average of more than four arrests a day, seven days a week since January 6th.
Prosecutors, however, are loading up repetitive charges to build impressive-looking cases against nonviolent protesters.
200 people have been charged with both “parading, demonstrating, or picketing in a Capitol Building” and “disruptive” conduct in either the Capitol or in a restricted building. Another common charge is “entering and remaining in a restricted building or grounds.” All three are misdemeanors punishable by a fine or up to six months in jail.
The whole thing is falling apart.
But…..Christopher Grider was arrested in January and indicted on seven counts including obstruction of an official proceeding. He has filed a motion to dismiss the charges, “No court has ever interpreted an ‘official proceeding’ as that term is used . . . to apply to a legislative or ceremonial function such as the certification of the electoral college vote,” his attorney T. Brent Mayr wrote. “Let there be no question that the Government is asking this Court to go well beyond the plain meaning of the term ‘proceeding.’”
Grider’s next court appearance is in June—the government is fighting the request, of course—but other defendants likely will challenge the obstruction charge in the interim.