January 5, 2022

Whitehouse Statement on Attorney General Garland’s Speech on January 6th Investigation

Washington, DC – Senator Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee and a former U.S. Attorney, released the following statement on Attorney General Merrick Garland’s remarks today on the status of the Justice Department’s investigation of the January 6th attack:

“Sweeping up low-level players while ignoring the kingpins upstream isn’t a full investigation.

“The Attorney General committed today to a fearless investigation that ‘follows the money’ and those responsible upstream. That is good. Investigative steps may be underway behind the proper screen of law enforcement and grand jury secrecy. That would be good.

“We must have a thorough inquiry that extends beyond the individuals who stormed the Capitol to the planners and funders who stoked the violence. The House’s January 6th Committee is doing that work, including a hard look at members of Congress and those in the White House. The Committee is also moving swiftly, which is important. The Department must do the same.”

Rich Davidson (202) 228-6291 (press office)

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