The majority of the people who have been charged with attacking Congress and the Capitol on January 6th are not in jail. On average in the U.S., only about 25% of people charged with a crime are released while awaiting trial, but among this bunch of thugs and white supremacists, 70% are out on bail at this time.
Eric Munchel, known as “Zip Tie Guy”, who was photographed wearing tactical gear and carrying wrist restraints in the Senate chamber, was released in late March, along with his mother, after an appeals court questioned whether he posed any danger outside the specific context of January 6th.
Richard Barnett, the Arkansas man photographed with his foot on Nancy Pelosi’s desk, was released in late April, nearly two months after screaming during a court hearing that “it’s not fair” that he was still in custody when “everybody else who did things much worse are already home”.
Legal experts are predicting that a substantial swath of the alleged rioters may not serve any prison time at all, even if they are convicted or plead guilty. According to Erica Zunkel, associate director of the Federal Criminal Justice Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School …
“I’m both surprised and not surprised. Most of these people are white. The majority of people in the federal system are people of color.”
And there, no matter what other excuses we may be given, lies the crux of the matter. Racism rears its ugly head, even in matters of treason, of attempting to overthrow the government, in matters of attempting to murder the U.S. Constitution.
At least 440 people have been arrested on charges related to the January 6th attack, according to the justice department, including at least 125 charged with assaulting or impeding law enforcement. Of those, 330 or more have been released from custody pending trial. 44% are charged only with misdemeanors, such as entering a restricted building or disorderly conduct. BULLSHIT! Each and every one was a part of a larger movement that was intended to murder people such as Mike Pence and Nancy Pelosi, and worse yet, to murder whatever shred of democracy remains in this country. They fully intended to take away our votes, to turn the tables and hand over the Oval Office to the biggest thug of them all!
Richard Barnett has a webpage soliciting donations for his legal defense! Barnett breached the office of House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, put his nasty feet on her desk, stole her mail, and left her an obscene note, and yet he is not behind bars today. According to the website …
For a $100 donation, “Richard will send you an autographed picture of him sitting in Pelosi’s office personally addressed to whomever you like. Richard sends his deepest thanks & appreciation for any amount of money. His employment was terminated because of public pressure to fire him after his arrest.”
The site also says that “He is instead asking those who disagree with him to reconcile the federal government’s all-out prosecution of January-sixers with its failure to prosecute the 200+ Code Pink demonstrators” from the Cavanaugh hearings. The site also notes that this is a private campaign, as GoFundMe refused to allow his campaign.
And then there’s Federico Klein, a former State Department appointee of the former guy who participated in the attack on January 6th. Klein was still working for the State Department on January 6th when he helped lead the assault, physically fighting against the front line of officers, even assaulting officers with a riot shield he’d stolen from them. According to the Court filing …
“Klein’s willing and enthusiastic participation in violence against police officers protecting a lawful proceeding of Congress, for which he is charged with multiple felonies – including a crime of violence – weighs heavily in favor of detention. Not only was his individual conduct and encouragement to other rioters violent and dangerous, but his actions heightened the overall violence and dangerousness of the day.
Notably, one video captured Klein encouraging other rioters to attempt to breach the Capitol by shouting, ‘We need fresh people, we need fresh people’ multiple times.”
Arrested in March, Klein was released on an unsecured bond last month, and worse yet, it is reported that Justice Department lawyers are considering offering a plea deal to Klein. Say WHAT??? WHY??? This is a man who served as a political appointee in the State Department from 2017 until his resignation on January 19th, 13 days after he attacked Congress. This is a man who had taken an oath to protect and defend the Constitution, who had top security clearance!
On Friday, the United States Senate, by its action to deny the establishment of a bipartisan commission to investigate the events of January 6th, told us that they do not take the assault on our government, on We the People, seriously. They told us that We the People no longer matter. It appears that the Department of Justice and the Courts feel the same as Congress. So, are they going to simply give these people a slap on the wrist and tell them to behave, give them the freedom to do the same or worse after the election in 2024? Think about it.