Attorney General Merrick B. Garland this afternoon met with U.S. Capitol Police officers who defended the Capitol on January 6th, and with Department of Justice employees who have worked tirelessly to hold accountable those who attacked the Capitol six months ago today.
Along with Deputy Attorney General Lisa O. Monaco, the Attorney General met with investigators, analysts, prosecutors, and professional staff assigned to January 6th cases from the FBI’s Washington Field Office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia. During the meeting, the Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General also acknowledged the extraordinary work of dedicated public servants in U.S. Attorney’s Offices and FBI Field Offices across the country.
The Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General recognized the important work and recent milestones in this investigation, including the arrest of more than 535 defendants in almost all 50 states. The Attorney General and Deputy Attorney General encouraged the team to continue to follow the facts in this case and charge what the evidence supports to hold all January 6th perpetrators accountable.
Later, the Attorney General visited with members of the U.S. Capitol Police, where he commended them for their bravery on January 6th and expressed his appreciation for their continued service and sacrifice.
The FBI has released 11 new videos of suspects in violent assaults on federal officers on January 6th and is seeking the public’s help to identify them. For images and video of the attackers, please visit https://www.fbi.gov/wanted/capitol-violence. Anyone with tips can call 1-800-CALL-FBI (800-225-5324) or visit tips.fbi.gov.
The charges contained in any criminal complaint or indictment are merely allegations. A defendant is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt in a court of law.