‘Even if It Is a Crime’: Asst. AG Testifies He Doesn’t Know of Anyone from Jan. 6 Who’s Been Charged with ‘Insurrection’

By Craig Bannister | January 11, 2022 | 5:03pm EST
Asst. Attorney Gen. Matthew Olsen

Even though many Democrats insist that the January 6, 2021 riot at the U.S. Capitol was an “insurrection,” Assistant Attorney General Matthew Olsen testified Tuesday in a Senate hearing that he doesn’t know of anyone who has been charged with insurrection for participating in the riot.

While Olsen appeared uncertain whether or not “insurrection” is, technically, a crime, he did testify that he didn’t know of anyone charged with it.

“Has anyone been charged with the crime of insurrection following January 6?” Senator Mike Lee (R-UT) asked Olsen, to which the assistant attorney general replied he wasn’t aware of any such charge being made:

“I am not aware that anyone’s been charged with particular offense, even if it is an offense. I just am not aware of that. It would be inappropriate for me to speak about any particular investigation at this point.

“But, I am just not aware of anyone being charged with that.”

“I’m not either – I’ve just heard that word used several times today,” Sen. Lee said. “But, to my knowledge, nobody’s been charged with that. They’ve been charge with other things, not that one.”

Sen. Lee also tried, unsuccessfully, to get answers comparing the surveillance, arrests and prosecutions of the Capitol rioters to those of the summer 2020 riots that ravaged cities across the U.S. Sen. Lee said he had previously asked his questions in a letter, but the response he received – four and a half months later – “failed to answer a single question.”

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