U.S. Attorney Mike Stuart releases statement on violence in Washington, D.C.

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Supporters of President Donald Trump are confronted by Capitol Police officers outside the Senate Chamber at the Capitol, Wednesday, Jan. 6, 2021 in Washington. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta)

CHARLESTON, WV (WVNS) — Following an afternoon of violence at the U.S. Capitol building in Washington, D.C. on Wednesday, Jan. 7, 2021 judicial leaders released comments. Among those who condemned the actions in the nation’s capital is the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of West Virginia Mike Stuart. He released the following statement.

“The Rule of Law is paramount to the maintenance of freedom.  The right to peaceful assembly and demonstration is a fundamental right, but that right does not extend to committing violence in the name of any cause or purpose.  The violence at the Nation’s Capitol Building was reprehensible and counter to every value we share as Americans.  My team is working with our counterparts in law enforcement and, as the facts dictate, are prepared to enforce the Rule of Law and the laws of these United States.  I fully support and endorse the statement of Acting United States Attorney General Rosen regarding yesterday’s intolerable events. I want to commend the brave men and women of law enforcement for their selfless service yesterday and always. These men and women are incredible public servants in defense of our citizens, our communities and the Rule of Law.”

Mike Stuart, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of WV

Here is the statement from Acting Attorney General Jeffrey Rosen, cited by U.S. Attorney Stuart

“The violence at our Nation’s Capitol Building is an intolerable attack on a fundamental institution of our democracy.  From the outset,  the Department of Justice has been working in close coordination with the Capitol Police and federal partners from the Interior Department, the Department of Homeland Security, and the National Guard, as well as the Metropolitan Police and other local authorities.  Earlier this afternoon, the Department of Justice sent hundreds of federal law enforcement officers and agents from the FBI, ATF, and the U.S. Marshals Service to assist the Capitol Police in addressing this unacceptable situation, and we intend to enforce the laws of our land.”

Jeffrey A Rosen, Acting U.S. Attorney General

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