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The Wall Street Journal: William Barr advocates hitting more protesters with federal charges — including sedition

The Wall Street Journal

Prosecutors would need to demonstrate a conspiracy to attack government agents or officials that posed an imminent danger to pursue sedition charges

Attorney General William Barr accompanied President Donald Trump on the June 1 walk across Lafayette Square for a photo-op outside St. John’s Church after the controversial clearing of protesters by federal forces from the park area.


Associated Press

Attorney General William Barr told the nation’s federal prosecutors to be aggressive when charging violent demonstrators with crimes, including potentially prosecuting protesters for plotting to overthrow the U.S. government, people familiar with the conversation said.

In a conference call with U.S. attorneys across the country last week, Barr warned that sometimes violent demonstrations across the U.S. could worsen as the November presidential election approaches. He encouraged the prosecutors to seek a number federal charges, including under a rarely used sedition law, even when state charges could apply, the people said.

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