Jan. 6 crackdown: DOJ has 99.8% conviction rate in MAGA riot cases

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FILE – In this Jan. 6, 2021, file photo insurrectionists loyal to President Donald Trump breach the Capitol in Washington. Prosecutors secured the first guilty plea in the major case brought against members of the Oath Keepers extremist group in the attack on the U.S. Capitol, while an Indiana woman who became first person to be sentenced for the Jan. 6 riot avoided time behind bars. (AP Photo/John Minchillo) John Minchillo/AP

Jan. 6 crackdown: DOJ has 99.8% conviction rate in MAGA riot cases

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Federal prosecutions of the more than 900 people charged with unlawfully storming the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, have resulted in overwhelming convictions, according to a report.

Over the past two years since supporters of former President Donald Trump attempted to take over Congress and block lawmakers from certifying the 2020 election results, the Justice Department’s U.S. Attorney’s offices have secured a 99.8% conviction rate on at least one charge in each case, including half through guilty pleas, the Wall Street Journal reported Monday.

More than 180 people have been put behind bars for committing federal crimes, including obstruction, assault, and sedition.

Virtually all who have since been arrested and charged had walked off Capitol grounds that day and were only taken into custody in the weeks and months after the incident.


Federal investigators said the insurrectionists’ social media posts bragging about the undertaking greatly helped the DOJ identify and go after those who it believed committed serious crimes. Police body cameras and security cameras in the vicinity also assisted prosecutors with tracking the more than 900 charged to date.

But Trump has yet to face justice for his role in calling for his supporters to head to the Capitol and “fight like hell.” Special counsel Jack Smith and the House Select Committee to Investigate the January 6th Attack on the United States Capitol have been evaluating Trump’s role and considering possible charges.


“Our work is not done, far from it,” Deputy Attorney General Lisa Monaco said.

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