Attorney General Bill Barr has ordered federal prosecutors to escalate pressure on violent protesters by charging them with sedition and other criminal statutes.
The Wall Street Journal reported that Barr told prosecutors to crack down on the violence in a conference call with U.S. attorneys last week, according to “people familiar with the conversation.”
The Trump administration has recently ramped up pressure on the out-of-control protests that have wracked the nation for months. Barr reportedly told prosecutors on the call to “be aggressive” with protesters. He even suggested charging them with plotting the overthrow the U.S. government.
Just The News reported:
The pertinent statute would fall under the U.S. Code section that deals with seditious conspiracy.
The 18 U.S. Code subsection 2384 statue reads as follows.
“If two or more persons in any State or Territory, or in any place subject to the jurisdiction of the United States, conspire to overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States, or to levy war against them, or to oppose by force the authority thereof, or by force to prevent, hinder, or delay the execution of any law of the United States, or by force to seize, take, or possess any property of the United States contrary to the authority thereof, they shall each be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than twenty years, or both.”
During the conference call with prosecutors, Barr reportedly warned that violent demonstrations could grow worse leading up to the November elections.
Barr has not publically commented on directing the Justice Department to ratchet up pressure on violent rioters.