The Justice Department is asking Congress for an additional $34 million to continue the investigation into the Jan. 6 Capitol siege, with just weeks left until the November midterm elections.
The funding bill was likely to come before the House in December, but if Republicans take control in a few weeks, it’s unlikely any such approval for such a funding request would be granted.
The criminal investigation into those who took part in the riots has been expanded and has looked into thousands of rioters who stormed the building in support of then-President Donald Trump. So far, 870 arrests have been made.
“There are a lot of requests,” Rosa DeLauro, president of House Appropriations, told D-Connecticut NBC News about the DOJ’s request for the additional funding.
Violent insurgents loyal to President Donald Trump stormed the Capitol on January 6, 2021 in Washington DC
Online sleuths have managed to identify hundreds of additional people who attended the protest but have not yet been arrested
“We look at them all and see what makes it and see what it doesn’t.”
Justice has described the investigation into the events of January 6, 2021 as “the most extensive” in its history.
The Department has written to Congress explaining how more than $34 million in funding is “critically needed” to fund the research.
“The cases are unprecedented in scope and are expected to be one of the most complex investigations to be prosecuted by the Justice Department,” the Justice Department wrote to the legislature.
Failure to obtain the additional funds would have a “detrimental impact” on US attorneys across the country, which “would have to undergo a budget cut to fund these prosecutions.”
So far there have been 870 arrests, but hundreds more people will be targeted. This still image shows Thomas Webster, in a red jacket, at a barricade line on the west side of the US Capitol on January 6. He was convicted of assaulting a police officer with the pole
The concern would then be that offices would be prevented from prosecuting other important cases in their country.
The funding would be part of the fiscal year 2023 budget, which Congress plans to approve in December, around the same time the Jan. 6 commission will issue its final report.
The U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia has spearheaded the effort, along with the help of 93 federal prosecutors across the country who have volunteered to volunteer, but there’s still more work to be done.
Online sleuths have managed to identify hundreds of additional rioters who were present at the Capitol that day but were not arrested.
The department’s in-tray is slowly shrinking and the convicts outweigh the number of new arrests.
About four people have been arrested every week in connection with the riots since the beginning of the year.
Congress now has until December 16 to try to reach a funding agreement.
The committee of 6 January will publish its final report, probably in December
The original funding request was wrapped up in a bill that the Democrat-led House Appropriations Committee approved this summer, but it will be more difficult to pass it as a bipartisan bill that can be passed by both houses.
A minimum of 10 Republican votes are needed for the bill to pass the House of Representatives, with the odds of passing it much leaner if Republicans take the house and Trump ally, Rep. Kevin McCarthy, Speaker of the House.
A likely chair of the Judiciary Committee that oversees the Justice Department could be Ohio Representative Jim Jordan, who is also an outspoken Trump ally who smuggled mussels that stole the election and killed the committee of 6. January to the outside world.
Nevertheless, Attorney General Merrick Garland and Deputy Attorney General Lisa say the prosecution of those involved will continue on Jan. 6, even if the U.S. attorneys’ offices take the cases and a subsequent budget blow.
“Of course we want more resources, and if Congress wants to give us that, that would be really nice,” Garland said in July. “But we have people—prosecutors and agents—from all over the country working on this case, and I have every confidence in their ability, their professionalism, their dedication to this task.”
President Donald Trump addressed his supporters from The Ellipse at the White House, urging them to march to the Capitol on January 6, 2021.