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Politico: Biden Admin Will Be “Embarrassed” When Most Capitol Hill “Insurrectionists” Receive No Jail Time

Politico: Biden Admin Will Be “Embarrassed” When Most Capitol Hill “Insurrectionists” Receive No Jail Time

“Although prosecutors have loaded up their charging documents with language about the existential threat of the insurrection to the republic, the actions of many of the individual rioters often boiled down to trespassing.”

Democrats were eager to seize upon the events at the Capitol on January 6th as their Reichstag moment in order to clamp down on “domestic terrorism,” to militarize DC by keeping the National Guard in DC despite there being absolutely no reason for them to be there, and to use as a political weapon against duly-elected Congressional Republicans.

In that, they were successful. The media was eager to help them with their goals and are still claiming that the Capitol Hill “insurrection” claimed five lives. They fail to mention that the only life that was lost as a direct result of the actions of another person was that of Ashli Babbitt who was shot and killed by some as yet unnamed law enforcement officer associated with the Capitol. The other four deaths were due to natural causes (strokes, heart attacks).

That didn’t stop Democrats and their rancid media activist arm from playing it up as though there were ever an actual threat to any member of Congress much less to our entire system of government. The Biden administration parroted Congressional Democrats’ nonsense about the event being some kind of existential threat to the nation, to democracy, to the entire free world. It was and is ludicrous, and the hyperbolic screeching about insurrection and treason and sedition (oh my!) are–at long last—being challenged by facts in a court of law.

This has Politico fretting about how the Biden administration will be “embarrassed” when all those Americans they eagerly and publicly condemned as traitors and seditionists and insurrectionists walk on misdemeanor trespassing charges and the like. Won’t it be just awful that the legal system actually works and these people are not jailed because the majority of them did nothing more than wander into the Capitol building, mill around taking pics, and then leave?  That will leave egg on the face of the Biden administration and make them look bad. So sad.

In their piece entitled, “Many Capitol rioters unlikely to serve jail time:  The cases could embarrass the Biden administration, which has portrayed the Jan. 6 siege as a dire threat to democracy,” Politico reports:

Although prosecutors have loaded up their charging documents with language about the existential threat of the insurrection to the republic, the actions of many of the individual rioters often boiled down to trespassing. And judges have wrestled with how aggressively to lump those cases in with those of the more sinister suspects.

“My bet is a lot of these cases will get resolved and probably without prison time or jail time,” said Erica Hashimoto, a former federal public defender who is now a law professor at Georgetown. “One of the core values of this country is that we can protest if we disagree with our government. Of course, some protests involve criminal acts, but as long as the people who are trying to express their view do not engage in violence, misdemeanors may be more appropriate than felonies.”

The prospect of dozens of Jan. 6 rioters cutting deals for minor sentences could be hard to explain for the Biden administration, which has characterized the Capitol Hill mob as a uniquely dangerous threat. Before assuming office, Biden said the rioters’ attempt to overturn the election results by force “borders on sedition”; Attorney General Merrick Garland has called the prosecutions his top early priority, describing the storming of Congress as “a heinous attack that sought to disrupt a cornerstone of our democracy, the peaceful transfer of power to a newly elected government.”

Justice Department prosecutors sent expectations sky-high in early statements and court filings, describing elaborate plots to murder lawmakers — descriptions prosecutors have tempered as new details emerged.

. . . . And prosecutors are facing pressure from judges to either back up their tough talk about sedition or put a lid on it. Michael Sherwin, the former lead Jan. 6 prosecutor, found himself rebuked by other senior prosecutors and Judge Amit Mehta last week for publicly flirting with the possibility of sedition charges when none had actually been leveled.

As it turns out Sherwin, who stepped down as U.S. Attorney for DC, is facing an internal DOJ investigation for his reckless sedition charges comments on 60 Minutes.

Here’s a thought, instead of launching into the most dramatic, charged accusations and damning declarations against American citizens, wait to hear the facts.

I know, I know, facts don’t really exist for most on the left, just feelz and “lived experience,” but apparently, and as of this writing, courts of law are still beholden to the facts submitted into evidence, to that which can be proven.

Aside: is Parler now vindicated (yet again) since their platform was not only the least used by a mile “organizing” or “publicizing” social media platform of the Jan. 6 attendees but that the offense organized wasn’t violence but coordinated trespassing—and even that has not been proven, most just got waved in by Capitol security or wandered in when they saw an open door, they had no idea there was anything coordinated anywhere. But even if they had been aware of or even a party to some coordinated trespassing episode, “Ooooh, Parler lets trespassers organize!” is a bit of a yawn.  Doesn’t have quite the same ring to it, does it?

Politico also worries that President Trump is out there . . . speaking words. The horror! He is undermining the Biden administration’s overwrought reaction, and Politico thinks that’s politically awkward given that what Trump is saying is (wait for it) true.

Adding to the political awkwardness: The expected wave of plea offers comes as former President Donald Trump seems intent on falsely rewriting the history of the Jan. 6 assault. In an interview with Laura Ingraham on Fox News Thursday night, Trump suggested that prosecutors and the FBI are making too much of the Capitol takeover, which left five people dead and dozens of police officers injured.

“It was zero threat. Right from the start, it was zero threat,” Trump declared. “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.”

If the vast majority of those charged do indeed end up with pleas deals on minor trespassing charges, then, yeah, they did just kind of wander in and then walk back out again, just as Trump says, and as the evidence is now showing to the court.

One of the more revealing aspects of Politico‘s piece was their understanding that January 6th was not the first time a “mob” broke into the Capitol to protest. We all remember this happening frequently over the decades, as lefties crashed into Senate and House hearings, etc. to protest whatever the issue of the day. They were always hailed as brave, as speaking ‘truth to power,’ and held up as icons on the leftist radical scene.

Politico continues:

There are also sensitive issues about precedent for the future, given the frequency of politically inspired demonstrations on Capitol Hill that run afoul of the law.

While violent assaults in the Capitol are rare, protests and acts of civil disobedience — such as disrupting congressional hearings or even House and Senate floor sessions, are more common. That means prosecutors and judges will have to weigh how much more punishment a Trump supporter who invaded the Capitol during the Electoral College count deserves than, say, an anti-war protester chanting at a CIA confirmation hearing or a gun-control advocate shouting in the middle of the State of the Union address.

Funny how crazed lefties breaking into hearings and State of the Union addresses “run afoul of the law,” while Trump supporters are ‘armed’ insurrectionist and terrorist threats to the Union.

While Democrats and their media propagandist arm are happy to make these exceptions for ‘righteous’ causes versus those rooted in what they deem wrongthink, courts of law (as yet) do not. For that, we can all be thankful.


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The headline assumes that Democrats are capable of being embarrassed; any one who has seen or heard them knows that this is not possible.
From supporting slavery, to igniting a civil war and up to last years theft of the presidential election Democrats have shown they are incapable of admitting the truth or being embarrassed by their lies.

    Slavery, diversity, and a wicked solution, too.

    To more than 16 trimesters of witch hunts, warlock trials, and
    impeachments, which were, after all, self-incriminating of the hunters and judges.

One day they will make a movie about it and that will become the “history” for future generations from the crowd that chooses truth over facts.

    I’m embarrassed to live in a country filled with people who are dumb enough to vote for Biden.

    If a candidate’s election depends so much on biased media – you have to wonder why the Dems and media are so afraid of the people knowing the truth.

    Media and Dems keep saying – no fraud or irregularities in the election. BUT what do you call a highly biased and partisan media ? They want to define irregularities very narrowly – mainly just to counted ballots. The fraudulent media is part of the election fraud. And, if there was nothing problematic about the election – why do Dems decline an independent review of the election so that faith in our system can be restored?

      Brave Sir Robbin in reply to Ben Kent. | April 1, 2021 at 8:10 pm

      And shame on the Republican lawmakers who did not push back on the democrat’s despicable hyperplastic attacks on their supporters and constituents.

      Democrats never abandon their people, nor matter what – even when they are actually engaged in despicable immoral and criminal activity.

      These Republican so-called leaders will sell you out in half a heartbeat to save their own skin. They are not worthy of their supporters.

But AOC was hiding under her desk as she was stalked by murderous white supremacists!

She was so scared she almost prayed! (/sarc)

chrisboltssr | March 31, 2021 at 7:51 pm

Politico is accusing Trump of rewriting history. The way I see it, Trump is truthfully writing the history the likes of Politico falsely reported in the first place.

nordic_prince | March 31, 2021 at 7:58 pm

Well, I’m embarrassed by what passes for the Biden administration. I’d take a million such “insurrectionists” over that lying POS and his crime family any day.

    MattMusson in reply to nordic_prince. | April 1, 2021 at 8:59 am

    Those people with enough time to do so have analyzed all the photo graphs the FBI has released looking for suspects. NONE of the photos show people dressed entirely in black. Or, holding walkie talkies. The photos were entirely those wearing red white and blue or some article of clothing that identified them as Trump supporters.

    The FBI is deliberately choosing not to look for Antifa members.

      DaveGinOly in reply to MattMusson. | April 1, 2021 at 2:12 pm

      Maybe they already know the identities of those who were dressed all in black.
      (You can take that any way you want.)

Compared to the summer’s riots, the loss of life and property damage occurring on JAn. 6 at the Capitol was paltry.

Ferfuggs eggs | March 31, 2021 at 8:42 pm

I’m sure there will be lawsuits filed by some who were arrested.

“Insurrection”, my lemony fresh behind.

The prosecution acted like a (fill in poor analogy of an idiot here)

-If they were going for quick prosecutions, guilty pleas, and “Look how we brought these insurrectionists to justice and the crimes they are admitting to on tape which we will now play on every network”, they never should have charged to the sky, and they should have offered no-jailtime plea bargains right off the bat.
-If they were going for extensive prosecutions “See how many years we put these frothing Trumpists in jail for their insurrection” they should have focused on the ‘front-runners’ or the ones actually pressing against the police and breaking in windows (provided they could avoid imprisoning leftists like Mr. Sullivan) and offered quickie-pleas for the rest in exchange for testimony.
-If they were going for “See how generous this administration is with our political enemies” they could have offered a token misdemeanor tresspassing charge against everybody they tracked down and left implied charges hanging over their heads if they talked to the press.

Nope, they put all their money on the roulette wheel and it came up all zeroes. Now this is not a complete fail for the Left. By claiming these wild charges, including armed insurrection, their strongest voting base will remain convinced it is true, and that Trump is really a Russian spy, and that Flynn was bribed by the Russians, and that Trump organized the assault in order to make a coup against the entire government, etc…

The Biden regime and all of its cronies, comrades, and apparatchiks is as far beyond embarrassment and shame as Lenin, Stalin, and Mao were. All the Left did to ‘win’ this election and kneecap Trump’s presidency attests to that.

Now their one and only concern is staying in power and acquiring more power. And they don’t plan to do that by holding free and fair elections in the future.

Of course…..they can’t have the truth come out, that truth being an infiltration of Democrat supported, paid insurrectionists performing a classic false flag.

They will not be embarrassed, To be embarrassed you must be exposed and the majority of the MSM will never expose them. The event has already accomplished what they wanted and no one will ever try to convince anyone that it was a small riot that effected nothing but was used to turn the capitol into an armed camp and extend the if your not a Democrat your a “White Supremacist” meme.

Fat_Freddys_Cat | April 1, 2021 at 8:02 am

Heck, they ought to be embarrassed simply by their hysterical reaction to the event. These are the people who always say that owning guns to control the government is futile because the government’s forces will crush you like a bug; and now they’re saying that a handful of yahoos armed with bear spray and the like almost overthrew said government.

CaliforniaJimbo | April 1, 2021 at 8:22 am

For those who deal in street pharmaceuticals, the axiom is “Don’t get high on your own supply”.
For those in politics, “Don’t believe your own lies”.
The larger question is whether the masses (us) will question the rhetoric behind the over charging or will we allow the msm to sweep it under the rug?

healthguyfsu | April 1, 2021 at 8:37 am

Any of these people who don’t take the deal and call their bluff will be heroes IMO. Make them drop the charges for their ridiculous stunt prosecutions!

Why would they be embarrassed?

Are they embarrassed at the years of frothing-at-the-mouth Russian Collusion nonsense?

Are they embarrassed about all the lies about white supremacists?

Why would they be? The lies were successful. Successes are things you’re proud of, not embarrassed.

The administration is using the fast ball to set up the curve: by branding as “domestic terrorists” the trespassers and crowd followers along with those who committed assaults or destroyed property, This will help it acquire expansive domestic surveillance powers. That’s the hidden agendum (singular form of “agenda”) of this effort.

Bet the few who will see jail won’t be the Leftists Antifa agitators.