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Justice Department is Finally Getting Serious About Holding the Jan. 6 Ringleaders Accountable

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We, who were desperate for the Justice Department to wake up from its sloth-like slumber, rejoiced after it was announced Thursday that Attorney General Merrick Garland’s office had charged individuals associated with the far-right, anti-government group Oath Keepers with seditious conspiracy for taking part in the violent, attempted insurrection at the US Capitol on Jan. 6.

However, that’s only the first step. In order to have full accountability and justice, we need to investigate their GOP allies who remain committed to subverting democracy and implementing minority rule through an ongoing, slow-moving coup.

The rarely-invoked charge of sedition, in such a publicized and politicized case, is a remarkable development. It means the Justice Department is flexing its full legal muscles at individuals—such as Stewart Rhodes, founder of the Oath Keepers and a former Army Ranger and Yale law graduate—because they are confident they can prove that at least two people conspired to use force to “overthrow, put down, or to destroy by force the Government of the United States.”

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