DOJ withdraws claim that Capitol rioters wanted to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials

DOJ withdraws claim that Capitol rioters wanted to ‘capture and assassinate’ officials

[Ed. – Call me cynical, but I have to ask why they’d make such an assertion in the first place, which they reportedly did in a court filing. Making it and then withdrawing it just hands the defendants a strong argument against tough charges.  You can’t tell me DOJ prosecutors didn’t see that coming.  Why would they do something so dumb?  This was filed in the case of Viking dude, BTW.]

Justice Department prosecutors have formally walked back their assertion in a court filing that said Capitol rioters sought to “capture and assassinate elected officials.”

A federal prosecutor in Arizona asked a magistrate judge in a hearing on Friday to strike the line in a recent court filing about defendant Jacob Anthony Chansley, a man who is alleged to have led some in the crowd in the first wave into the Capitol with a bullhorn while carrying a spear and wearing a fur headdress. …

The stunning move comes a few hours after the Michael Sherwin, the acting US attorney in Washington, DC, said at a press conference there was “no direct evidence of kill and capture teams” at this time in the siege of the Capitol building.

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