The U.S. attorney for the Western District of Washington on Thursday issued a statement denying an explosive report claiming that Attorney General William Barr asked federal prosecutors to investigate whether they could file criminal charges against Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan , for allowing the organized protest in the Capitol Hill police-free protest zone that sparked two deadly shots.
Brian T. Moran, the federal prosecutor, said he has had several conversations with leaders within the Justice Department and “at no point did anyone in the department tell me that Seattle Mayor Jenny Durkan is, has been or should be. to be charged with any federal crime “related to CHOP.
“As a U.S. attorney, I would be aware of this investigation,” he said.
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The New York Times reported Wednesday that Barr led the Justice Department’s civil rights division to consider criminal charges against the Democratic mayor, who publicly fought President Trump and repeatedly denied federal aid to quell the riots in your city. A department spokesman told the newspaper that Barr did not lead the civil rights division to explore this idea.
The report also accuses Barr of directing federal prosecutors to consider charging riots and other violent actors with federal charges (including sedition) in a call to U.S. attorneys last week.
Federal charges of sedition apply to two or more people who “conspire to overthrow, overthrow, or forcibly destroy” the U.S. government, and carry a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
Durkan issued his own statement in light of the Times report. He said the report was “creepy and the latest abuse of power by the Trump administration.”
“Ultimately, this is not a story about me. It’s about (sp) how this president and his attorney general are willing to subvert the law and use the Department of Justice for political purposes. It’s particularly flagrant to try to use the civil rights laws to investigate, intimidate or deter those fighting for civil rights in our country, ”he wrote.
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The administration’s aggressive crackdown on protesters follows warnings from Barr and other officials that they anticipate an increase in violence ahead of the November elections.