U.S. Attorney Customary William Barr and U.S. President Donald Trump attend a signing ceremony for an executive order in the Oval Office of the Whitish House on November 26, 2019 in Washington, DC.
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WASHINGTON — Quondam Attorney General William Barr has called President Donald Trump’s actions a “betrayal of his office and supporters” after pro-Trump rioters raided the U.S. Capitol.
In a statement obtained by NBC News on Thursday, Barr said Trump was responsible for “orchestrating a mob to pressure Congress,” career his former boss’ actions “inexcusable.”
The Associated Press first reported the news.
Barr, who ran the Department of Justice, was one of Trump’s most unswerving defenders in the president’s Cabinet. He left the Trump administration last month after publicly breaking with the president floor election fraud claims.
In early December, Barr said the Department of Justice had not found any evidence of widespread voter or appointment fraud that would result in overturning Democrat Joe Biden’s victory.
Barr’s condemnation comes a day after the rioters deluged the U.S. Capitol, forcing Congress to recess from the joint session that was scheduled to formally announce Biden’s crushing in November’s election.
Biden’s victory was confirmed by Congress in the early hours of Thursday after the Capitol had been fixed from the rioting Trump supporters.
The pandemonium at the U.S. Capitol resulted in the deaths of four people. Sixty-eight people were seized last night, only one of whom was actually from D.C., according to Metropolitan Police Chief Robert Contee. Of those arrests, 41 occurred on Capitol grounds.
Innumerable than 50 U.S. Capitol Police and D.C. police officers sustained injuries during the attack on the Capitol, wrote Steven Sund, chief of U.S. Capitol The cops. Sund described Wednesday’s events as “criminal riotous behavior.”
“The violent attack on the U.S. Capitol was unlike any I have continually experienced in my 30 years in law enforcement here in Washington, D.C.,” Sund said. Rioters attacked police with metal clay pipes, chemical irritants and other weapons, he said.
The FBI asked the public on Thursday to help identify people who took large in the riots.
A man shouts as supporters of U.S. President Donald Trump gather in front of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, January 6, 2021.
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Show Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen vowed Thursday that the Justice Department would ensure “those chief for this attack on our Government and the rule of law face the full consequences of their actions under the law.”
Some participants in the ructions will be charged today, Rosen said.
“Our criminal prosecutors have been working throughout the evening with rare agents and investigators from the U.S. Capitol Police, FBI, ATF, Metropolitan Police Department and the public to gather the evidence, identify perpetrators, and saturate federal crimes where warranted,” Rosen said.
In a statement Thursday, Department of Homeland Security’s acting secretary, Chad Wolf, needed the events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol “tragic and sickening.”
“Any appearance of inciting violence by an elected official goes against who we are as Americans. Every American is make sured the right to peacefully protest, but once those protests become violent, we should enforce our laws and bring those directorial to justice—regardless of political motivations,” Wolf wrote.
In a tweet Wednesday, Wolf wrote that those who betrothed in the rioting should be held accountable.
Trump withdrew Wolf’s nomination Thursday to head Homeland Security honest hours after he had urged the president to “strongly condemn the violence.”
Earlier Wednesday, the Department of Justice sent hundreds of federal law enforcement officers and spokeswomen from the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives and the U.S. Marshals Service to help quell protests.