GOP letter to DOJ digs on 'harsher treatment' of Jan. 6 versus summer rioters

GOP letter to DOJ digs on 'harsher treatment' of Jan. 6 versus summer rioters


A group of Republican senators is seeking answers from the Department of Justice on what they describe as the “harsher treatment” of those charged in connection to the Jan. 6 Capitol riot versus those charged in connection to the nationwide riots during the summer of 2020 sparked by George Floyd’s death.

In a letter to Attorney General Merrick Garland on Monday, Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Ron Johnson of Wisconsin, Mike Lee of Utah, and Tommy Tuberville of Alabama wrote that “DOJ’s apparent unwillingness to punish these individuals who allegedly committed crimes during the spring and summer 2020 protests stands in stark contrast to the harsher treatment of the individuals charged in connection with the January 6, 2021 breach of the U.S. Capitol Building in Washington, D.C.”

The Department of Justice has charged 510 individuals in connection with the Jan. 6 breach and maintains a webpage listing them, the senators noted, while no such webpage

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