AG Rosen Releases Video with Powerful Rebuke Against Violence, Youtube Deletes it
Acting US Attorney General Jeffrey A. Rosen released a video to address the events of Jan. 6th at the US Capitol on Youtube and the video was taken down. On Wednesday Rosen released the video on the Department of Justice Website.
Dailymail UK characterized the video:
- The video appeared on YouTube overnight
- He referenced the ‘violent mob’ that stormed the Capitol
- Called it an ‘intolerable, shocking and tragic episode in our nation’s history’
- Rosen said DOJ has ‘no tolerance whatsoever for any attempts to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power on January 20’
- Rosen has not appeared on camera to brief the nation or take questions
- He assumed his role after AG Bill Barr left before Christmas
- The video was circulating as House debated the impeachment of President Trump
In the video, Rosen said:
“One week ago, our nation collectively watched in horror as a violent mob stormed the capitol grounds broke down crowd control barriers, assaulted capitol police officers, and overran the Capitol complex. Lives were lost. The storming of the Capitol was an intolerable shocking and tragic episode in our nation’s history.I am grateful, however, that order was restored the same day and Congress was able to fulfill it’s duties under the US Constitution.
That afternoon from the Justice Department more than 500 investigators and agents from the FBI, AFT and the US Marshalls rushed to the Capitol. As I watched the events unfolding, I spoke multiple times with DOJ personnel who were on site and coordinated with my counterparts across the government and I spoke with leaders with both the House and Senate. In addition, our agents worked with the Capitol Police and the Metropolitan Police as well as the other state and federal, local officers who respond on that day to do several things.
First, to neutralize Improvised Explosive Devices, or IEDs, second to clear the mob from the Capitol, third to search every office for explosives and other dangers and fourth to discharge the chambers back so Congress could do their duties. When Congress, then, completed its job to certify the results of the electors, our job at the Justice Department to hold the intruders accountable under the law, was just getting started.
Some charges were brogut the very next day, those efforts remain active and will continue until after justice is done. Over 70 individuals have been criminally charged, we opened more than 170 investigations, the FBI has gathered more than 100,000 digital tips from the public and there is a lot more to come.
The wrongdoers will be held responsible.
As we look ahead, we are also aware of other planned protests in and the upcoming inauguration. The Department of Justice fully supports and will protect the exercise of Constitutional rights, but I want to send a clear message to anyone contemplating violence, threats of violence, or other criminal conduct: We will have no tolerance whatsoever for any attempts to disrupt the peaceful transfer of power on January 20th, that our Constitutional calls for.
We will have no tolerance for any attempts to forcibly try to occupy government buildings, there will be no excuse for violence, vandalism, or any other form of lawlessness.
To the American public, I ask that if you are aware of any criminal activity or violent acts being planned, please share what you know with law enforcement or the FBI.
Along with our other federal law enforcement partners and local authorities, we will spare no resource in protecting public safety in the coming days and everyone should understand one key thing, the Department of Justice will seek to hold anyone violators accountable to the fullest extent of the law.
The wrongdoers will be caught and they will be accountable.”
It is still unclear what is happening around the Inauguration events in Washington DC and it is important to point out that Rosen does not mention Joe Biden. Although the New York Times chose to characterize Rosen’s remarks as such:
The acting attorney general, Jeffrey Rosen, said that there would be a peaceful transition of power to the Biden administration, in his first public appearance since the attack on the Capitol. https://t.co/AVZyZRnMPB
— The New York Times (@nytimes) January 13, 2021
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