Despite the Biden administration’s repeated condemnations of the participants in the January 6th Capitol riot, many protesters who entered the U.S. Capitol building during the Jan. 6 riot are unlikely to face jail time, according to a Politico report.
“What about somebody who has no criminal record who got jazzed up by the president, walked in, spends 15 minutes in Statuary Hall and leaves? What happens to that person? They’re not going to get a jail sentence for that,” an unnamed defense attorney told the outlet.
“There is a natural cycle to an event like this,” the attorney added. “People will say it was the end of the world, then things will calm down, and they’ll begin looking at cases back on what people actually did.”
Politico’s analysis revealed “almost a quarter of the more than 230 defendants formally and publicly charged so far face only misdemeanors.”
The news comes as former President Donald Trump recently stated in an interview there was “zero threat.”
“It was zero threat. Right from the start, it was zero threat,” Trump told Fox News host Laura Ingraham.
“Look, they went in — they shouldn’t have done it — some of them went in, and they’re hugging and kissing the police and the guards, you know? They had great relationships. A lot of the people were waved in, and then they walked in, and they walked out.”
The report may come as an embarrassment to Democrats who claimed the protesters would be brought to justice. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) famously declared, “Justice will be done.”
Trump has committed an assault on our nation and our people.
Pence must remove him and invoke the 25th amendment. If they fail to act, we may be prepared to move forward with impeachment.
Justice will be done to those who carried out these acts of sedition and cowardice. -NP pic.twitter.com/NG6bJLts2l
— Nancy Pelosi (@TeamPelosi) January 7, 2021
The riot led to more than 25,000 National Guard members deployed to Washington to protect leaders during President Joe Biden’s inauguration. Many troops have remained since Jan. 20, costing taxpayers more than $500 million.