Congressional Spending Bill Allocates Hundreds of Millions to Prosecute Jan. 6 Offenders

U.S. Rep. Liz Cheney (R-WY)

( – The massive spending omnibus bill worth $1.7 trillion, which the lame-duck US Congress will adopt, contains hundreds of millions of dollars in additional funding to prosecute the defendants who protested at the US Capitol on January 6, 2021.

A summary from the House Appropriations Committee earlier this week shows that the respective section of the US Justice Department’s budget will be increased by $212.1 million on top of the $2.63 billion annual figure.

The specific DOJ budget section is meant “to further support prosecutions related to the January 6 attack on the Capitol and domestic terrorism cases,” according to the document cited by Breitbart News.

The budget expansion for prosecuting January 6 suspects is much bigger than the additional $34 million the DOJ had requested. The funds were supposed to pay 130 to investigate 80 January 6 prisoners.

“The cases are unprecedented in scale and [it] is expected to be among the most complex investigations prosecuted by the Department of Justice,” President Joe Biden’s DOJ previously told the Democrat-dominated Congress.

“[Funding is] necessary for the continued prosecutions of the growing number of cases related to this breach of the US Capitol that has left the Department with an immense task of finding and charging those responsible for the attacks,” it said.

In June, DOJ’s head, Attorney General Merrick Garland, told NBC News his institution could prosecute the prisoners without additional funding but would take it if any was allocated.

“Of course, we’d like more resources, and if Congress wants to give that to us, that would be very nice. But we have people — prosecutors and agents — from all over the country working on this matter,” Garland commented at the time.

The report notes Democrats and “establishment Republicans” are rushing to pass the omnibus spending bill before the new US Congress convenes next month because the new GOP-controlled House would likely reject some of the bill’s provisions.

The draft law’s additional funding is not limited to the Department of Justice. It provides more money to other US government bodies dealing with the January 6, 2021, breach of the US Capitol.

According to the House Appropriations Committee’s summary, the FBI will receive “an increase of $569.6 million above the fiscal year 2022 enacted level and $524 million above the President’s budget request, including for efforts to investigate extremist violence and domestic terrorism.”

The FBI’s total budget for 2023 will thus reach $11.33 billion if the omnibus bill is passed.

The FBI funding boost comes amid revelations that it colluded with Twitter to censor conservative content and users on the social media platform. The Bureau has already arrested almost 900 people over the January 6 events at the US Capitol.

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