NEW: Attorney General Merrick Garland will tell Americans that DOJ "remains committed to holding all January 6th perpetrators, at any level, accountable under law — whether they were present that day or were otherwise criminally responsible for the assault on our democracy."
Garland: "We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
Garland: "Perpetrators punched dozens of law enforcement officers, knocking some officers
unconscious. Some perpetrators tackled and dragged law enforcement officers…”
AG Garland: "Five officers who responded selflessly to the attack on January 6th have since lost their lives.”

He calls for a moment of silence.

"Officer Brian Sicknick.

Officer Howard Liebengood.

Officer Jeffrey Smith.

Officer Gunther Hashida.

And Officer Kyle DeFreytag."
Garland: "in our work in the days ahead, we will not only remember them -- we will do everything we can to honor them.”
Jan. 6 investigation is "one of the largest, most complex, and most resource-intensive investigations in our history,” Garland says.

DOJ employees "have worked countless hours to investigate the attack,” he says.
AG Garland: "We have received over 300,000 tips from ordinary citizens, who have been our indispensable partners in this effort.”…
AG Garland: "In complex cases, initial charges are often less severe than later charged offenses. This is purposeful, as investigators methodically collect and sift through more evidence.”
Garland: "The actions we have taken thus far will not be our last... We will follow the facts wherever they lead.”
Garland: "In circumstances like those of January 6th, a full accounting does not suddenly materialize. To ensure that all those criminally responsible are held accountable, we must collect the evidence.”
Garland: “There cannot be different rules depending on one’s political party or affiliation. There cannot be different rules for friends and foes… We conduct every investigation guided by the same norms… especially when the circumstances we face are not normal."
AG Garland: “We are committed to protecting our country -- as our oath says -- from all enemies, foreign and domestic. Together, we will continue to show the American people, by word and by deed, that these are the principles that underlie our work.”…

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She notes that she’s participated in demonstrations herself.

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In each of the misdemeanor cases, federal prosecutors are seeking terms of incarceration.

“America First Bitch.”

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The sentencing of Michael Joseph Rusyn is at 1 p.m. Tuesday before Judge Amy Berman Jackson. The feds want 45 days of incarceration here too.…
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“I just can’t see us getting in trouble.” — Nicholas J. Perretta

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DOJ want Judge Tanya Chutkan to give them each a month in jail.
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— a line that got edited out of the amended version of DOJ’s sentencing memo for Jan. 6 defendant Nicholas Perretta
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